While white walls allow for the greatest amount of flexibility, there is still the desire to add both color and interest to help make a room finished. Beyond the traditional accent wall there are other options that include wallpaper and even wall stickers.

When looking to add a bit of interest to your walls, here are some tips.


Wallpaper comes in myriad colors, patterns and textures as well as price points. It also remains on-trend and has regained popularity for use in spaces from living rooms and dining spaces to bedrooms and bathrooms. Be sure to properly measure your walls and compare to the width and height of the wallpaper you are purchasing so you don't purchase too much or too little. A professional installation is also recommended.

Wall stickers

Wall stickers have come a long way and are now used in a variety of ways and can perk up nearly any room of the home. They're a non-permanent way to add interest to walls but also allow for one's imagination to flow. Place stickers in whimsical or creative ways while also allowing for "negative" space. Leaving certain areas white or uncovered will allow the stickers to take center stage.

Accent walls

Not ready to take the plunge of painting an entire room? An accent wall is an easy and simple way to add color to a room. One can add an accent wall that blends or complements existing decor or in a contrasting color for more of a "wow" factor.

Quick design recipes

Paint a single accent wall a contrast color if looking for a "pop of color" that won't overwhelm.

Consider wallpaper or grasscloth to add color, pattern and texture.

Use removable wall stickers even in unexpected areas of the home.

Hire a local artist to paint a custom mural.

Hang oversized artwork in a series in large areas.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and the Hudson Valley.