Wood Accent Wall Ideas

Here’s our gallery of wood accent wall ideas including different design styles, types, placement, wood textures, colors, and how to make wood accent walls.
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Types of Wood Accent Wall Designs

Bedroom with modern bed, padded headboard, blackout curtains, nightstands, and hanging lightingsThere are different types of wood accent wall designs that you check out and take into account. Some types depend on what type of wood was chosen and how it was cut. 

These include a wood panel, wood plank, wood slat, reclaimed wood, peel and stick wood, and pallet wood. There are also types of wood accent wall designs based on how they were arranged and organized, there are vertical wood accent walls, horizontal wooden accent walls, and diagonal wooden accent walls. 

And finally, there are types of wooden accent wall designs that focus on the style and vibe used in the element, including modern wooden accent wall, geometric wooden accent wall, and rustic wood accent wall. You can even have different based on their accent wall colors and locations. 

Wood Panel 

Wooden panels are general flat sheets made from adhesive-bonded wooden-based materials (Veneer, fibers or particles, strands). While some may be curved, they are most commonly flat, particularly wooden panels products like fiberboard, particleboard, and plywood.

Wooden panels may be used for accent walls. Here are some of the basic ones you can consider and even imitate.

Bedroom with headboard made of wood panels with backlight, rug and side tableThe wooden accent wall in this bedroom uses 6 big wood veneer sheets that somehow serve as the headboard of the bed. The light surrounding the wooden plane accent wall and the bed create this effect that the lumber is floating (both the accent wall and the bed!) 

The color of the wood stain in the panels matches the color of the bed frame and the side table, making them a great match. The rug at the bottom of the bed also rounds up the entire look of the bedroom. 

Room with panels as wall covering, shelf, and indoor plantsThe wooden panel accent wall on this den has a more rustic feel to it because of its dark color. It matches the black rug on the floor and the black ledges, where the indoor plants are located, adding a fresh look to the entire place. 

Mid century modern room with grey couch and green chairsThe wood panel accent wall in this living room matches the wooden floor. The accent wall has 3 large panels on it, with light wood stain. 

Wood Plank 

A wooden plank is a flat and elongated timber popular in construction, whether in the building houses and ships to creating tables and shelves. 

It is a good material for a wooden accent wall, with a variety of ways you can do to position and style for aesthetics. 

Here are some of the wooden plank accent wall designs you can try. 

 Wood style wall, large glass door, dining set and glass doorThis dining room showcases a wooden plank accent wall that also serves as a divider from what is a living room. The wood planks are arranged in a horizontal pattern and built into an archway integrated with two entryways. 

Its wood stain is similar to the color of the wooden flooring, rounding up the entire look and making everything fit it. 

Room with vertical wood slats, tufted couches and floating shelvesThis wooden plank accent wall is arranged vertically, with the wall decor creatively placed perpendicular to the planks. The dark color of the planks is a bit lightened by the hanging light above them. 

Vertifcal planks on room wall and orange dining furnitureIn this dining room-living room hybrid, the vertical lumber planks run all over the wall. The color of its wood stain is a bit rustic matching the color of the wooden flooring. The lights on the ceiling add to the rustic feel of the entire room. 

Stairs with wooden sides, bar lights, dark blue cabinets and staircase railingsThe wood plank accent wall in this room can be seen atop the kitchen counter and the side of the staircase. It has a different pattern than its wooden floor, but the color is similar. 

Wooden Slats 

Wooden slat is a strip and elongated thin line of timber that can vary in thickness. These slats are normally used in window blinds but can also be used for wooden accent walls. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some you can try out:

Bedroom with olive green wall with geographical design, white sheets and brown headboardThe wooden slat accent wall in this bedroom is in green and located on the headboard. Wooden slats were also used to create geographical designs included in the accent wall since they can easily be cut to smaller pieces and form shapes.

Study room with black walls and orange ottoman and wall artThis study room or office uses long wooden slats for its accent wall, which runs from the floor to the ceiling. The accent wall also seems to act as a divider for this room. 

Room with slat walls, track lighting, lamp and accent chairThis living room uses wooden slat accent wall to add something fresh among the grey, black, and white elements used in the room. The wooden slats ran from floor to the ceiling, covering two-thirds of the entire wall.  

White couch, blue rug, white laminate center table and floor lampThe timber splat accent wall on this living room is more stuck together, covering almost an entire wall with only a pillar left. The room has a modern look to it but the wooden accent wall adds a fresh and natural vibe to it. 

Light colored slats, television, white faux leather couch and sheer curtainsThis minimalistic living room showcases a light-colored wooden slat accent wall that contributes to the clean and fresh look of the entire room. 

Vertical Wooden Slats

One of the patterns you can use for a wood accent wall is to arrange the wood planks, panels, and slats vertically. This style helps to make the room feel more spacious in terms of height/length. 

If you feel like your home will benefit from the same illusion, here are some vertical wood accent wall ideas you can use for inspiration.

Vertical wood decoration by the winding staircase, marble flooring, and wreath decorThe vertical wooden accent walls can be seen in the stairways, as well as the entrance of the home. The planks are arranged horizontally and have this elegant dark brown hue that fits the color theme of the entire home. The indoor plants and wreath accenting the walls also add to the general vibe of the room. 

Boho inspired bedroom with wall panelling, wall rug and louver style doorThis homey bedroom showcases a vertical timber accent wall as the bed’s headboard. The use of timber in this entire room oozes rustic appeal and a comfortable vibe. The rug patterns, wall decor, pillows, and blankets give a vibrant feel to the homey vibe. 

Grey and white color palette with view of pine trees outdoorsThis modern-looking living room uses the color palette of black, gray, and white, which is also applicable to its vertical wood accent wall. The wood planks are in a dark color, compatible with the color of the entire room. The indoor plant and lighting soften the living room’s edgy look. 

View of wooden wall with potted plant, a dark brown wingback chair and large wall frameThis vertical wood accent wall sports several wood panels that serve as a backdrop for the large frame on the wall and the indoor plant and chair. 

Horizontal Wood Planks

You can also arrange the wood panels, planks, and slats horizontally. Here are some horizontal wood accent wall ideas you can use for inspiration. 

Room with horizontal planks, a fireplace and glass tableThis horizontal wood accent wall serves as a divider between the living room and the dining area. The accent wall also serves as an entryway and is strategically located above the fireplace. 

Bathroom with mirror, towel rack and sinkIn this bathroom, the horizontal wood accent wall on the countertop looks in place, adding an elegant vibe to it. The color of the wood also matches the color of the tiles of the bathroom. 

Bathroom with shower area, white tub and gray marbleThe horizontal wood accent wall in this bathroom gives it a refreshing and more natural feel to it, considering it seems to be surrounded by coldness with the white and gray marble. 

Room with teal sofa chairs, cabinets and blue downlightsThis living room has a horizontal wood accent wall that lays perpendicularly with the wood panels on the floor. Its color is a bit darker than the wooden flooring and the cabinet, making it stand out more. 

Den with uphosltered blue chair, and white console tableThe horizontal wood accent wall on this den covers an entire wall with wood slats. The accent wall’s color is similar to the color of the floor and the lamp, somehow uniting them up. 

Diagonal Wood Boards

Besides laying them down horizontally and vertically, you can also arrange them diagonally. The patterns may already be included in the wood panels you’ve chosen or you may have to arrange them that way, it’s up to you. To help you along the way, here are some ideas for inspiration:

Room with brown diagonal wall, large red floor vases and floor rugThis modern diagonal wood accent wall sports dark wood panels with diagonal patterns that have been arranged to create diamond patterns when side by side. The geometric patterns match the hexagon ones on the floor. 

Girls bedroom with shiplap headboard and blue green wallThis baby blue-dominated bedroom is given a fresh vibe in the addition of an all-white horizontal wood accent wall. The white planks are arranged horizontally, adding something new to the room. 

Cream colored couch with grey accent pillow and wood sidetableThis minimalistic living room has a diagonal wood accent wall that offers it a fresh and natural look. The wooden slats somehow create an X in pattern and accommodate half of the entire wall. The wood has a darker hue compared to the light neutral color of the couch and the floor.

Modern Wood Wall Designs

If you have a modern style home in search of a modern wood accent wall ideas to consider, here are some:

Room with wide windoews, swing chair, floating bed with grey pillowsThis chic and modern bedroom has a wood accent wall composed of wooden slats arranged vertically. The accent wall looks like part of the bed and makes the ceiling look higher than it really is. 

Its color also adds some vibrance to a bedroom dominated by brown, black, gray, and white elements. 

Room with floor to ceiling panel windows, aopen shelves and ball chandeliersThis trendy and modern living room with a great view from the balcony has a wood accent wall that makes the entire room look unique and quirky. 

The randomness of the way the wood slats are arranged makes the design of the accent wall even more interesting. 

Room with geometric style wall, open ceiling beams and marble fireplaceThe modern wood accent wall in this living room serves as a creative backdrop for the television. The wood panels are arranged in a variety of sizes that seem random but appear trendy and quirky. 

Reclaimed Wood Boards

Reclaimed wood refers to timbers and lumber that have been rescued from warehouses, old barns, and factories which are processed in order to be used again. 

The upcycled wood is then used for furniture, cabinetry, and decor. It is also used for wood accent walls.

Here are some reclaimed wood accent wall ideas 

Bathroom with skylights and white vanity tableThe reclaimed wood installed as a wood accent wall in this bedroom runs all over the walls. Since the bathroom has an all-white theme, the reclaimed wood adds a rustic appeal to it, making it feel more homey and comfortable to be in. 

Room with reclaimed wood as walls, grey furniture and black and gold chandelierThis luxurious living room sports a reclaimed wood accent wall that makes the white couch stand out more and the frame mounted on the wall. The color of the accent wall also matches the rug of the living room, rounding up the entire look. 

White bed with wood laminate floors and wallsThe reclaimed wood accent wall in this bedroom transforms the entire vibe from a regular room to a comfortable and rustic personal space. The color of the reclaimed wood stands out more than its wood flooring and white bed and curtains. 

Horizontal wood panels, tables, chairs and staircase with white railingIn this area, reclaimed wood covers the entire partition and is arranged horizontally, being a great background for the door, frame, table, and chairs. 

Geometric Style Walls

Wooden accent walls also look great with geometric figures. And if you want proof of that, here are some geometric wooden accent partition inspirations you can try out. 


Bedroom with offwhite bed, blue pillows, Roman shades and tall mirrorThis bedroom has a cool and trendy wooden accent partition filled with different types of squares, from trapezoids to parallelograms. The accent partition is strategically located on top of the bed’s headboard. 

Lounging area with geometric wall deisgn and square tablesThis lounging area uses a wood geometric accent wall as its backdrop. The lines on the wooden panel partition form large diamonds across the wall that look clean and organized. Since it is wooden, the indoor plants on the table match the accent partition perfectly. 

Backlit wall with diagonal shape patterns and white French doorsIn this living room, the wooden panel partition is filled with different geometric patterns and shades, from triangles to squares and rectangles. 

The color of the geometric wooden panel partition also matches the color of the diagonal wooden floor pattern. And the squares of the white windows further add to the geometric theme of the room. 

Wood Fireplace 

Wood fireplace, indigo couch, wall clockA fireplace can be the perfect place for an accent partition as it is often the focal point of the room design. You’ve probably seen beautiful wood fireplace mantels that draw the eye to them and can be decorated with your favorite design pieces.

While using timber for a fireplace partition may sound counterintuitive it can actually be done with great results. Wooden planks can be used as a DIY project or a wood-look tile can replicate the style and offer a stylish backdrop. See more fireplace accent wall ideas here.

DIY Wooden Walls

Wooden focal walls can be DIY-ed and if you are thinking of doing the same thing, here are some DIY wooden panel partition ideas you can use for inspiration. 

Room with hanging lights, logs, and wreath on wallThis homey living room showcases a wooden panel partition that seems to be made from reclaimed wood. The hanging lights make the entire room look warm and more welcoming. And using timber in different elements of the room unites it to a more homey and comfortable vibe. 

Room with white decor on wooden tableThe DIY wooden panel partition used in this room is simple and minimalistic. The color of the wood design matches the color of the table and chair. 

Rustic room with stone wall and mirrorThis living room makes you feel like you are inside an old movie or television show. The DIY wooden panel partition that seems made from reclaimed wood gives the room a rustic and homey vibe. The color of the wooden panel partition also matches the color of the fireplace.

Pallet Wood 

A pallet is a horizontal wooden platform that is usually used as a bottom deck to support commercial goods in shipment. 

Pallets are currently flexible in their usage and are even being used in modern logistics. They are also used in interior design like wooden focal walls, including the following:

Room with wood pallets, Christmas decor and neutral tone throw blanketsThis living room is the very definition of a homey vibe, with the wooden panel partition filled with pallets and the indoor plants that make you feel like you’re outdoors in the comfort of your home. The blankets and pillows even add more to the comfort of the room. 

Room with small Christmas tree with dark wood flooringThe pallet panel partition in this room adds a rustic vibe to it, contributing to its Christmas theme of it. The pallets run perpendicular to the wooden floor and have a lighter color compared to the dark-colored wooden floor.  

Peel And Stick Wall Design

Peel and stick is an adhesive industrial-strength strip of a board that can be used instead of real timber. Peel and stick are easy to use and more affordable, as well as flexible in designs and patterns to choose from. These are even used for wooden focal walls. 

Here are some of the ideas you can apply for your peel and stick wooden panel partition. 

Bedroom with peel and stick wood wallpaper and grey bed sheetsIn this bedroom, the peel and stick wooden panel partition is found on the head part of the bed. The gray and white colors of the wooden focal partitions match the gray and white colors of the bed sheets, pillows, and blankets. 

Living room and dining area combined with log wall and grey loveseatIn this dining area and living room hybrid, the peel and stick wooden panel partition features what seem to be piles of logs on top of each other. The same design is used on the pillar which serves as the barrier between the living room and the dining area. Read more about choosing an accent wall design here.

Rustic Timber Walls

If you are going for a rustic vibe and want to use a wooden panel partition to accomplish it, here are some of the ideas you can imitate. 

A wooden treasure chest with white day bedIn this living room, the vibe of the home is all about timber and rustic vibe. From its doors to the center table (that appears to be a treasure chest), as well as the wooden flooring and the walls, everything is made from lumber.

The rustic wooden panel partition that holds the partition lamps and windows only add to its charm and appeal. 

Room with wide headboard, recessed shelves with books and a hanging plantThis bedroom has a rustic wooden panel partition installed in the head part of the bed and the accent barrier even functions as a shelf since you can display books and other decors on it. The color of the timber is similar to the lumber flooring. 

Entertainment room with fireplace and televisionIn this entertainment room, the rustic wooden panel partition acts as the backdrop for the television, shelf, and fireplace. The hanging lights also add to the room’s rustic appeal. 

Lounge area with leather couch and wagon like coffee tableMore than just the table that has a rustic element to it, the natural panel design and its old-ish color add to its charm.

Living Room Partition

Wooden partition walls can be installed in different parts of the home. The living room is one of the perfect areas to install it since you receive and entertain guests. For inspiration, here are some ideas you can check out.

Room with panel black wall, sapphire couch and brown pillowsThis cozy living room has a natural panel design installed on the right side of the room. Its color has light and dark hues in it, making it a perfect mix in a living room with dark and light-colored cushions. 

Barnwood room with woven rattan chairsThe natural panel design on this living room matches the shelf and the table in the room. The combination of the wooden color and different types of blue is aesthetically pleasing. It also rounds up the entire look since the table does not feel out-of-place with its addition. 

Overarching lamp in room with wooden dividerThe natural panel design on this is made of slats and occupies almost half of the entire partition. The barrier is light in color and the dark brown color of the wooden slats made it a good color match. This modern living room is further furnished with an overarching floor lamp, a chair, and a rug. 

Room with black and white color these with wood design elementsThis modern living room is dominated by white and black elements, with the couches, pillows, and rug in white while the chairs, shelves, and the entire sound system are in black. 

The natural panel design adds something different to the room, with its color and natural and outdoor vibe. 

Bedroom Walls

The bedroom is another part of the home that can use a wooden feature feature partition. Depending on what particular vibe you want your bedroom to have, you can customize your natural panel design to fit and match that. 

Here are some natural panel design ideas you can try for your bedroom. 

Home office with white desk, computer and swivel chairThis minimalist bedroom has a natural panel design that has a dark hue that matches its flooring and stands out amidst the clear white walls. 

Bedroom with bedside lamps and grey headboardThis wooden feature divider is installed on the head part of the bed, with white wooden planks arranged horizontally from the floor. The color matches the side tables, bed sheets, and pillows, giving the entire room a unified look. 

Bedroom with modern black lamps, and open wardrobe full of suitsThe natural panel design on this spacious and modern bedroom is made from lumber slats installed vertically, perpendicular to the floor. This luxurious bedroom has a wooden theme, which perfectly matches the accent wall. 

Bedroom with clerestory windows and white wallsThis bedroom showcases a natural panel design at the back of the bed’s headboard. It’s also where a window is installed. 

Bedroom with hanging lamps and blue benchThis chic bedroom has wooden panels for its accent wall, where two gigantic lamps hang on both sides. The color of the timber matches the color of the flooring and the shelves. 

Children's bedroom with bunk beds and brown ceiling fanThis trendy bedroom uses a white wooden plank divider that makes the entire space brighter and bigger than it is. 

Wood Wall Colors

Bedroom with green panel wall, wall art on one side and shelf with vases on the otherHere are some considerations if you are thinking of a particular color of a wooden plank divider to install in your home. 

White Walls 

White is a popular option because of its flexibility and the brightness that it offers a room. Here are some ideas and designs for a white natural panel design

White sideing with gray drawers and brass faucetThis vertical white natural panel design installed in this kitchen supports the room’s clean look and at the same time makes the room brighter. 

Room with nautical vibes with table clock and round mirrorThe white wooden plank divider in this bathroom is arranged in horizontal planks and located parallel to the bathtub. The color makes it an excellent addition to the bathroom and matches the all-white theme going on in the room. 

Jute rug and frames on white shelves abd herringbone style floorsThis living room has a white wooden plank divider that runs vertically from the floor. The color makes a perfect backdrop for the indoor plant decor and the frames mounted on the partition. 

White room with colorful pillowsThis living room also uses white wood slats vertically positioned and arranged side by side to form an accent partition. It adds to the minimalistic appeal of the entire room.

Black Walls 

Black is another popular color many consider. While white may be a safe choice, black is a bold and unique one. Here are some black natural panel design ideas you can imitate if you’re bold enough. 

Empty kitchen with dark cabinets and bright backsplashThis kitchen uses a black accent wall made of timber that runs in the three walls of the room. The black wooden panels give the room a mysterious yet at the same time elegant vibe you might want to consider. 

Room with brown leather couch and black paint on the wallThis living room also screams luxury and mystery. The black natural panel design serves as an excellent backdrop for the rustic couch at the center of the room. The black elements in the room, from the rug to the table, round up the entire look. 

Interior home space with leather chair and gold vase on floorThis modern lounging area sports a black wooden plank that matches the color theme and design of the room. 

Black on black wall style with white sofaThis living room is an excellent dichotomy of dark and light colors. The black natural panel design matches the color of the shelf, table, and television, which is a contrast to the white couch on the other side of the room. 

Grey Walls 

You may not want the boring white but you’re also not as bold as to choose black. If you want good in-between color, gray is a good consideration. Here are some gray wooden plank ideas to check out.

Office space with graphic wall frame and shelf spaces with binders and foldersThe gray natural panel design in this living room runs from the floor to the ceiling. The gray wooden slats are flexible enough to be used that you can cut them in any length you deem necessary. 

Gray curtains with glass lamps and yellow throw pillowsIn this bedroom, the gray natural panel design fits the color palette of the room, since it particularly matches the bed sheet and room curtains. It cools down the warmth of the yellows in the room.

Gray farmhouse wall interior with a drawerThe gray natural panel design in this area balances the brown and tan colors that dominate the floor, shelves, and pots. 

Dark Wooden Partitions

A dark natural panel design is another popular consideration for many, especially when partnered with light-colored elements.

The dark timber plank mural just lights up and garners attention that way. Here are some ideas you can apply for your dark natural panel design.

Bathroom with travertine floorThe dark wood grain patterns of this bathroom accent wall can be seen on two walls, one near the basin and the other near the bathtub. The dark color of the natural panel design catches your attention once you enter the bathroom due to the contrast in color.

Room with upholstered gray couch and three white panels on wallThis elegant and minimalist living room showcases a dark natural panel design that has what seems to be peeled and stick. The dark hue of the accent wall contrasts well with the white curtains and gray couch. 

Room with earth color elements with stunning view of the sunsetThis bedroom has a dark natural panel design in the form of several wooden panels made to stand up from the floor to the ceiling. The dark color fits perfectly with the color theme of the bedroom and contrasts with the white bed sheets, pillows, and lighting. 

Bathroom with white sink and concrete style wall tilesThis bathroom sports a dark natural panel design near the bathtub, where the dark brown color highlights the other bathroom elements. The accent wall easily catches your eyes upon entering. It has the same color as the wooden floor and matches well with the indoor plants. 

Green Painted Partition

Bedroom with green panels and tan accents on bed

This green accent wall provides a clean backdrop for the entire bedroom yet at the same time contributes to its rustic theme. The colors green and brown match perfectly with each other.

Tan Walls

Blue and orange bedroom with study area and corkboard wallThis bedroom clearly uses the contrasting colors blue and green.

For the combination not to be too overwhelming, several elements are in neutral colors like the gray rug, white cabinet shelves and bed, and brown floor. See more types of rugs to match with decor pieces here.

Another element is the marbled tan natural panel design that runs on ⅓ of the partition and where the bed is bordered. 

Dark Blue Painted Walls

Office area with blue wall, small desk and couchThis dark blue painted natural panel design brings elegance to this living room and a good backdrop to what appears to be a working area in the room. The indoor plant and the yellow blanket and mini table soften the dark colors used in the living room.

Mixed Colored Partition

Multicolored wall with small framed mirrorYou can mix things up if you can’t settle on a color! This mix of colors natural panel design is an eye-catchy addition to one’s home. Despite having many colors, it is not confusing in style and is a quirky choice for your partition. 

What Are Wooden Accents for Walls Called?

Kitchen with low ceiling and white laminate topped waterfall counterHardwood tapestry walls are known differently, from lumber paneling to wooden accenting, depending on how the timber was used. It can even be called wooden decor if it fits the bill. 

The point is that hardwood tapestry walls are interior design elements that can add charm, warmth, and even a natural feel to a room, any vibe that a room needs. Hardwood can easily match other materials and styles you’ve already installed in the room.  

Where to Put Timber Panel Walls in the Home

Room with pool table and wide screen projectorIn considering where you can install a natural panel design, the answer is that it depends where it’s needed and you want it. 

You can install one in your bedroom if you feel like it needs more sprucing up or you can install one in the living room so that you can add some natural vibe to the common area and have guests feeling more welcome and comfortable. 

You can even install one in your kitchen and bathroom if the design and vibe call for it. And one of the best locations to install a natural panel design is your fireplace! If you have one at home, add partition planks around the fireplace to elevate its look and warm vibe. 

How to Make a Partition Made of Wood

One great thing about a natural panel design is that you can DIY it! While different factors can affect the steps you will need to build one, here are some of the basic steps to follow. 

1. Gather all the supplies you will need (this will depend on the natural panel design design you chose):




Finish Nails

Finish Nail Gun


Old Rug

Tongue and Groove Boards

Stud Finder

Hardwood Stain


2. Check behind the sheet rock and locate the studs on the partition for installation (You can use a stud finder to make it easier)

3. Mark every stud from top to bottom

4. Measure and cut the boards to their appropriate sizes (Follow whatever design you have in mind)

5. Install the tongue and groove boards

6. Add boards and work your way up the partition

7. Make sure to install around electrical outlets and avoid cutting them

8. Apply hardwood stain to your accent wall

9. Apply final polish and seal the timber

Here are some natural panel design ideas you can DIY for sure. 

Wall with wooden design elements and fireplaceThis living room has a natural panel design with wooden planks arranged horizontally. The accent wall adds character to the room and it also helps that it even multi-functions with shelves you can store and display things in. 

Bathroom with round rug and pinewood cabinetThis bathroom has a natural panel design that’s made of wooden slats. While it may be more laborious to do since you will have to install the slats one by one, the ending result is all worth it. The natural panel design gives a natural vibe to a white-dominated bathroom.

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