How to Make a Wood Accent Wall

Stay on trend with this stunning accent wall in your bedroom. It's easier than you may think!

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When creating an accent wall, sometimes a coat of paint just isn't enough. For those instances, consider an accent wood wall. Floor-to-ceiling panels of rich wood-look planks are unexpectedly stunning and don't require a professional to install. With peel-and-stick faux-wood patterns, achieving this wall is a weekend project that anyone can do, especially with our advice. Follow along to learn the techniques behind the wood-look wall, and get started! 

What You Need

  • Clean cloth
  • Peel-and-stick faux-wood planks (we used King County Knotty Oak Luxury Vinyl Planks from Lumber Liquidators)
  • Laser level
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil

Step 1: Prep Pattern and Wall

Measure wall and lay out faux-wood planks to determine where to best start. Avoid using short pieces at the end of a wall.

Prep wall, removing any obstructions such as nails and switch plates, and wipe down.

Step 2: Install Pieces

Starting at the baseboards, carefully peel off the backing from each piece and adhere to wall, working your way to the ceiling. Use a laser level to make sure the planks are level.

Step 3: Make Cuts

When you arrive at an inside or outside corner, be sure to trim your piece carefully, leaving a smooth edge. Use a sharp utility knife to make the cuts. If desired, finish outside corners with a metal or wood corner guard. When you encounter an outlet or other obstruction, mark where a cut needs to be made before adhering to the wall.

Depending on where the planks land next to the ceiling, you may have to trim the horizontal lengths of the last row to fit.

Note: The manufacturer may suggest a different tool to cut wood pieces. Always follow instructions on package. 

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