When to Install a Board and Batten Accent Wall | Kristen Rinn Design
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When to Install a Board and Batten Accent Wall

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My client built a beautiful new house. I helped her through the process of picking all of the finishes, lighting and paint colors. The master bedroom was large with 15 foot ceilings and nice big windows that let in a lot of light. We wanted to add a little color to the master, but the builder wanted to charge an insane amount of money to paint her bedroom a different color than the rest of the house so we decided we would bring in our own painter later and possibly do an accent wall.

The photo below is her master bedroom in the builder’s model home. They used tile to create an accent wall behind the bed. Unfortunately for the future owner of this model home, the tile will be dated in a few years and not so easy to remove.

The Solution for an Accent Wall:

In addition to color, I also felt like we needed some architectural interest on that wall because it was so large. If we had just hung some art or photos above the bed, the wall would still look out of proportion. I love the board and batten look. It has a clean, transitional feel that would go perfectly with the Harper Upholstered Bed and the Park Mirrored Dressers that we chose from Pottery Barn.

Because we had already purchased a navy quilt, shams and accent pillows to complement her white bedding, a navy blue accent wall would bring in the color and pop we needed. We looked at several navy paints but many of them had green or purple undertones. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore was the truest navy. It is very dark, but that is what I wanted. The room had large windows with a lot of natural light and the other walls were a light gray. One dark accent wall would add the pop we were looking for.

A local carpenter installed and painted it in one day. It completely changed the look of the room. If you need help picking the right color for your walls, check out this post.


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