DIY Herringbone Accent Wall
We recently finished this accent wall in our guest room and I’m so excited to share it with you. We were a little intimidated by the herringbone pattern at first, but once you get it started, it’s a pretty easy process. The hardest part for us was all of the cuts around the windows. If you have a full wall, this would go much faster. Let’s dig into how to do it!
First, measure your wall to determine total square feet (length x height). Our wall is approximately 117 sq ft. Each box covers 20 square feet.
Divide your wall square footage by 20 and round up. For a herringbone pattern, add about 15% for waste from cuts.
STEP 2: MARK THE CENTER OF YOUR WALL
Finding your center point is really important to ensure you end up with an even herringbone pattern at the end of your project.
Now we get to start the fun stuff! Take two of your planks and mark the center of one end of each board. Line the planks up (bottom of each plank should hit your baseboard or floor) on the wall along the center line. You can use a speed square to confirm you have 90 degrees.
Once you know how they will be placed, mark the bottom line to make the 45 degree cut. We used a box cutting knife and a straight edge on ours. Once cut, remove the backing and stick them to the wall.
As you are working, it is up to you if you want to move up or out. For us, we worked on the center section first because that did not require any cuts. If you are working on a full wall, you could also work your way out and then up. If you have your pattern correct, the order in which you do it should not really matter.
On thing to note: All cuts (besides cutting around outlets and other obstacles) should be 45 degrees. Again, we used the box cutting knife and straight edge tool to make these cuts. When in doubt, cut too long and you can always trim down.
Once you are finished, if you have any edges where the boards are not perfectly straight, run a bead of caulk for a more seamless look.
Also, if the herringbone pattern feels overwhelming to you, these planks would also look beautiful in a simple vertical or horizontal installation. I love to see your finished products, so be sure to email them to me or share them with me on Instagram.
This step will ensure all of your boards adhere to the wall properly. You can find these at any home improvement store. I have also linked one here for you.
For video and full details of this project and many more, check out our Instagram account. Comment below with any questions or comments on this project.
I love the look but question if the adhesive will separate after a while if you use a humidifier or live in a humid area. If it is strong, what would happen to the drywall when you’ll want to remove it a few years later? I’d attach these beautiful planks to a board instead and use it as a headboard or use a stencil and paint faux planks on the wall. To each his own.