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Painting an Accent Wall: How to Paint the Corner

Accent walls are a great way to give your room a little bit of your personal style. While the creamy soft whites, neutral grays and transitional greige colors are gorgeous and so in style, sometimes a room needs a little bit more to really pop.

Painted Accent Wall

Accent walls

When I hear the word accent wall, I immediately think of my grad school buddy’s white walled apartment that had one bright shiny red wall. It was… hideous.

Because of this, I’ve been hesitant to paint an accent wall. After all, it was a 2000’s trend that died in favor or a more monotone look.

Recently though, I’ve been drawn to accent walls more and more. I want the main colors on my walls to be light and neutral, but something about those rich looking accent walls keeps calling to me.

Are Accent Walls Outdated?

Actually, accent walls are totally back in style! Back in the early 2000s, accents walls were typically one dark painted wall. Now, they can range from a wall accented by shiplap, a wall of faux (or real!) brick, a wallpapered wall, a wall with a wood design, and of course, a painted wall.

If you need a little more inspiration to see what I mean…

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Check Out These Accent Walls

Brick Accent Wall
Wallpaper Accent Wall
Chalkboard Paint Accent Wall
Shiplap Accent Wall

See why I’m totally crushing on an accent wall now?

My Accent Wall

In my home, I recently removed the wallpaper in the first floor powder room with a goal of doing a mini-remodel and giving it a boho look. I found an inspiration picture on Pinterest, and got to work.

Painting the wall was easy. If you need tricks and tips on painting, you can find some here.

But once I got to the corner, I knew that I needed to go the extra measure to make sure my corner was crisp and clean.

How To Paint A Corner Where Two Colors Meet

Painting an accent wall corner and making sure the edge is perfect is easier than you think. It requires a roll of painter’s tape, a good paint brush, and a knowing the exact order to paint the corner in. I’ll explain that to you now.

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Making a Perfect Accent Wall Corner

Before you put any tape on the wall, paint the whole corner one color. Get paint on both sides of the corner, because you don’t want to accidentally end up with any part of the wall not painted.

Get Paint On Both Sides Of The Wall

Then, tape the wall right along the edge of the color that you painted on both sides of the corner.

Tape the Corner of the Accent Wall

Once that is done, you can paint ANOTHER coat of the first color of paint. You’re thinking that I made a mistake here, right? I didn’t!

Seal the Edge

Painting the first color on the tape again is going to seal the edge. That means that if any of the paint bleeds through the tape, it will be the first color, which is what you want!

Once that paint dries, you can finally paint the second color of paint on the line (being careful to not go over the other side of the tape).

Paint the Second Color On the Tape

Before this coat of paint dries, go ahead and pull the tape off. This will ensure that you don’t end up peeling a little bit of that final coat off the wall inadvertently.

And you should have a perfectly clean, crisp paint line right in the corner of your wall!

Perfect Corner Accent Wall Line

Doesn’t that look perfect!

Trust me, even if you’re an experienced edger, you won’t get as clean of a line as this unless you use tape.

Now that your accent wall corners are completed, your accent wall is done!

If you want to see how the bathroom turned out, you can find the reveal here!

I hope this tutorial is helpful for you! Drop me a note and let me know how it goes!

Painted Accent Wall

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Sunday 6th of March 2022

Use paintable caulk, instead of painting multiple layers. It’s saves so much time, supplies, and gives a clean sharp edge!


Monday 7th of March 2022

Great idea!


Wednesday 19th of January 2022

The line came out straight and that's how painters do it for years. The other trick is to make an almost dry pass with a brush so it doesn't bleed under the tape. Though you need to improve the patchwork before you paint the walls. They need more sanding. It shows badly on the pictures.


Thursday 20th of January 2022

Pete, those walls were terrible! I had taken wallpaper down that was about 50 years old, and they hadn't painted the walls prior to putting it on, so it just ripped the drywall paper off in some places. It actually needed more mud (and then sanding). I've since gone back and mudded all the spots that are bad. I didn't realize how bad they would be until it was painted!!


Tuesday 9th of March 2021

A quick thank you for you too about using the opposite color first on top of the painter tape to allow for a perfect line, I never managed to get such a clean line before and thanks to you the transition from black to white on my accent wall is as perfect as it could be... I live in Thailand by the way, so you helped someone one the other side of the world, just so you know :-) Thanks again.


Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Hi Fabien! I love this! Thanks so much for commenting from the other side of the world!! Glad this little trick worked for you :)


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

How to Paint the Corner instructions are fantastic. I took the time and completed each step as indicated, Came out perfect.....the corner where I changed paint color was an extended outward wall corner, not a room corner. Thank you !


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Sed, I'm so happy to hear this! Thank you so much for your comment! I've never tried this on an outside corner, so I'm really glad to hear that the method works for it. Great job!!


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Any suggestions for this method on a highly textured wall?


Sunday 28th of June 2020

Hi Emily! So I have heard that you can seal the tape with clear (paintable) caulk. I think that this method would work better on a textured wall since its a little thicker than paint. I haven't done it before, but I think you just paint both sides of the corner, put your tape on, put paintable caulk on, wait til it dries, and then paint over it. But maybe look it up just to be sure. Good luck!