Shopping Cart is Full

You cannot add any additional items to the Shopping Cart

Close Window

Site will log you out

You are leaving the BEHR® Consumer website. You will be logged out.

Ask an Expert by Email

Thank you,
Your email has been sent to our experts.

Accent Wall Gives Bold Look to Stairwell | Behr

Modern Stairwell
Jenna LaFevor / rain on a tin roof
Jenna designer stories
Bright and Bold Black and White Stairwell
A Whole New Feel To The Space

Create a modern, bright and bold black and white stairwell complete with an abstract, but chic accent wall.

BEHR colour palette
Limousine Leather

Limousine Leather
Colour Details

Snow Fall

Snow Fall
Colour Details

I've never met an accent wall I didn’t like. I’ve got multiple accent walls in my home and I love every one of them. They each bring a whole new feel to the space. Accent walls are a great way to bring a little pattern or colour into a space without the commitment of wallpaper.

A while back, I painted my stairwell a crisp white – Snow Fall by BEHR. The stairwell is enclosed on both sides and it needed some definite lightening up. Snow Fall did just that. After a couple months though, I realized the stairwell needed something more.

It seemed to be just a white space of nothingness. This was by far one of the easiest accent walls I’ve ever made, but makes a huge impact on the space.

Start by painting your entire space with BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® Interior Satin Enamel paint in Snow Fall and let dry. Be sure to cover your floors with a dropcloth.

Next, be sure all the railings or moldings you are going to paint are clean.

Using BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Satin Enamel paint in Limousine Leather, and a paint brush, paint your railings and/or other moldings.

Usually, when you are covering one colour with another colour on the opposite end of the spectrum (like I did covering white with black), you can bet on a minimum of two coats - sometimes three. MARQUEE covers anything in one coat. It’s a huge time saver.

For the next part of this project, you’ll see that I had to be on a really tall ladder. I’m not a fan of those. That was another reason I went with MARQUEE – I didn’t have to be on the ladder for longer than I wanted to be.

“I went with a bold green Exquisite Emerald for my hallway because green is one of my favorite accent colors. It can be seen throughout my home, however it’s only on one other small wall.”   - Behr Exquisite Emerald
"The biggest reason I chose BEHR MARQUEE is because of its amazing coverage."
  • paint
  • roller
  • brushes
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint tray
  • Drop cloth
The Accent Wall

Now comes the fun part - the accent wall!

I promise--you can’t mess this up! I opted to "frame" in my accent wall. I was worried that if I didn’t contain it somewhat, it might take over the whole space, which I didn’t want.

To create a "frame," first run painter’s tape all along the inside edges of the wall you are turning into an accent wall, then run another line of painter’s tape 1" out from the tape you first applied. Use a craft knife to clean up the edges of the tape.

BEHR colour palette
Limousine Leather

Limousine Leather
Colour Details

Snow Fall

Snow Fall
Colour Details

Buy BEHR® and your painting supplies at The Home Depot®

Run a fingernail or credit card firmly along the tape edges to seal it, then using BEHR MARQUEE® Interior Eggshell Enamel paint in Limousine Leather, paint between your tape strips.

Remove the painter’s tape immediately after applying your last coat of paint. Let the paint dry.

You can also use this framing technique to frame a gallery wall of art or prized family photos. It would even be a great solution for creating faux molding along walls if the real stuff isn’t in your budget right now.

Working in 2’ x 2’ feet sections and using BEHR MARQUEE® Eggshell Enamel in Limousine Leather, make about 3-4 large circles with a 2" paintbrush. Come back with the smaller, 1" paintbrush. Continue this until you have filled the space within your frame.


Find, coordinate and preview these colours and more with ColourSmart by BEHR®.

  • Paint a room image to try before you buy
  • Save colours, room images, paint calculations and more to your account

Explore Colours Now »

Color Smart
"There really is no rhyme or reason to your circles. Just paint all different sizes at all different angles. Overlap them however you wish – just don’t paint any outside the frame."
BEHR colour palette
Limousine Leather

Limousine Leather
Colour Details

Snow Fall

Snow Fall
Colour Details

Let your paint dry and then accessorize!

Since the stairwell is a small space in terms of width, but very large in terms of height, I didn’t want a bright colour taking over the whole space, therefore I stuck with a classic black and white combination.

I brought in red and green shades, other colours that are throughout my house, with the artwork and pillow on the bench. The other great thing about going with a black and white combination is that you can throw any other accent colour into the mix and it works. If I get tired of green or red, I can toss in accents of coral or yellow or anything else and it still works perfectly.

The black handrails help to tie in the black and white accent wall. Any abstract accent walls in your future?

You Might Also Enjoy...

Add Architectural Interest To A Boring Builder Beige Wall With A Square Board and Batten Treatment / Thrifty & Chic Take any wall to the next level with a coat of paint and some molding! Giving your walls architectural detail and interest is easy and will make any plain wall beautiful. »

Office Lounge

Multipurpose Room – Pick a Paint that Transitions to Fit Your Needs! / DWELL BEAUTIFUL Pick a paint colour that will serve as the perfect base for your room, that transitions to fit any needs. »

Accent Wall: Transform Your Room with Colour / Behr See how adding a single colour to an accent wall can bring style and dimension to your room. Whether you go for bold or muted, your room is instantly transformed. »