DIY: Accent Ceiling

Our DIY Accent Wall is a Accent Ceiling, this unexpected way to transform your space is surprisingly easy. If you feel something is missing from your room, an accent ceiling might be just the right thing needed to take it to the next level. Watch our video and follow the steps below to see how you can build an accent ceiling like this in just one day! If you’re looking for more accent wall ideas, click here.

We used moulding from our DecraMold collection to create this accent ceiling.
New to accent walls? Check out our DIY Accent Wall: Quick Start blog post to learn the basics!


  • Measuring tape
  • Paint (1 gallon)
  • Caulk
  • Liquid Nails
  • Nail gun and Pin nails
  • Saw to cut moulding
  • Paint sprayer or brush and roller


Use this Green Print as a guide, but feel free to be creative with your design! Note: the size of your wall and the moulding used will affect the placement of the moulding.


Step 1: Measure everything and mark your ceiling
Measure the wall length and width, of your ceiling. This will help you get a feel for the board footage needed and where to cut your moulding. We recommend adding 10-15% board feet for waste and board cuts.
Mark the ceiling where moulding will be placed to get a visual of how everything will look.

Step 2: Cut and paint your moulding
Cut the moulding needed for your ceiling. Refer to the green print for a better visual understanding. We recommending cutting your moulding first before painting. For this accent ceiling, you can either use a paintbrush or a paint sprayer.

Step 3: Install moulding
When installing your moulding try to keep your angles and spacing as consistent as possible.  We recommend cutting a block to the length of the distance between each panel for measuring purposes. This will ensure that the distance between each panel is uniform. We recommend using 2” finishing nails, liquid nails, and a nail gun to secure the moulding profile for long term wear and tear. Keep in mind you’re going to have to finish the moulding with caulk, so the fewer nails, the better for less work on the finishing process. 

Step 4: Touch up with caulk and paint
When caulking the moulding, use the caulk to fill in any holes created by nails and for the outer and inner seams of the moulding. Tip: use water to smooth out calk. Let the caulk dry and then proceed with painting, touching up any areas where caulk was used.

Enjoy your beautiful ceiling!


  • Choose a balanced, unobstructed wall that stands out.
  • Choose rooms or spaces where you want to make an impact. Bedrooms, living rooms and entryways are great spaces to create a custom look. Select spaces where guests will see it, or where you spend a good amount of your time.
  • Bold colors really make a statement. Dark greens, grey, black and blue are currently in.
  • White accent walls make a statement without being too bold.
  • Try to pick a style of accent wall that complements the look of your home and room; just because you like a modern style wall doesn’t mean it’s the best pick for a colonial style room.
  • Go in with a plan and draw out your design before beginning.
  • Find 2-3 moulding profiles that you think will achieve the look you’re going for. Then, take each sample and place it on the wall to see which you like the best.
  • Create a jig if you have to repeat a cut. This will save time and help with consistency.
  • Use hot glue to apply moulding first so that you can adjust the moulding if needed. Then use finishing nails to secure the moulding.
  • Rent a nail gun, use your own or use an adhesive.
  • Once everything is in place, apply more nails to ensure it is long lasting.
  • Use putty to the nail holes rather than caulking for a better finish.
  • If using a paint sprayer, keep 1.5 to 2” of space between you and the wall for an even application.
  • Take your time in the finishing stage. The little details when you finish will make the wall look more polished.
  • We estimate that creating an accent on a 12′ x 8′ wall can cost around $200. This includes paint, moulding, tool rentals and other materials. You can save money by using tools from your home or borrowing from friends.

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