If you’re considering new accent wall ideas, you may want to avoid dark wood, as this darker hue comes with a host of problems. But is there ever a way to make other wooden accent walls work in your scheme? And how can you differentiative between the wood? This is what you need to know about the controversial interior design trend. 

Dark wooden accent walls – the trend to avoid in your living room?

Grand Rapids-based interior designer Deidre Remtema (opens in new tab) suggests that the living room is the one space where wood ‘does not make sense.’ ‘This trend has been overdone, and we need to incorporate fresh ideas instead of hashing old ones,’ Deidre says. If you are looking for ways to incorporate this material into your living room ideas, you should only use it as part of a ‘larger design plan,’ meaning the rest of your interiors and exteriors also pay homage to the trend – for a more cohesive look.  This designer is not exclusive in warning against this feature. Sanel Konyar, the founder of Interior Kollection (opens in new tab), confesses that wooden accent walls are ‘very on-trend at the moment,’ but the success of this feature depends entirely on the tone of wood you use.  ‘Bold and dark colors will tend to date more quickly and limit your future interior design choices,’ she says. If you already have a dark wood accent wall, Sanel suggests that you should opt for neutral furnishings and accessories to add some color and texture to your scheme.

Will dark accent walls make your space smaller? 

Alongside their aging aesthetic, Lucy Ackroyd, the Head of Design at Christy (opens in new tab), argues that dark decor and large furniture can ‘make the room feel smaller than it is’ – and consequently make the space feel ‘quite oppressive.’  Therefore, if you choose a lighter shade (for example, swap dark oak for lighter beech wood), you can instantly lift the space and create a more ‘welcoming ambiance.’  Will you rethink your paneling ideas for walls? When it comes to the living room, it’s always better to go neutral in wood choices.