For anyone with the slightest interest in interior design or decorating, they’ll be familiar with feature walls – one of the most current, must-have design trends you can create for a room. But what exactly is a feature wall and how do you go about creating one that’ll be the envy of your friends? Read on for some inspiration.
What is a feature wall?
A feature wall is a wall in a room of a house that is painted or decorated differently from the other walls in the room, to make it stand out and give the room a focal point. Creating a feature wall is one of the most fashionable, current trends in decorating, and it’s not difficult to see why it is so much in vogue.
Why create a feature wall?
Creating a feature wall not only adds some interest to a room, but it’s also fun and fairly easy to do. Because you are only focusing on one wall in the room, it’s less daunting than having to decorate all of the walls, so you can play around with colours and patterns a lot more. You can get away with going vibrant and bold with one feature wall in a room, something that you probably couldn’t do with all of the walls. A feature wall also creates a focal point in a room; drawing attention to it when guests enter. This is ideal if you want to accentuate a particular area of the room because of certain aspects, such as above an ornate fireplace.
Where is the best place to have a feature wall?
You can pretty much have a feature wall in any room in the house. Feature walls are particularly popular in living rooms, bedrooms, the kitchen or playrooms. Lots of people choose to have their feature wall above the fireplace, others choose the wall in their bedroom above their bed. The choice is yours; but ideally you want a wall that is straight and plain, without aspects such as windows or doors, which will disrupt the flow of the feature.
There are lots of different ways to create a feature wall:
There are various options you could use for your feature wall. The most obvious, and probably easiest, is to paint the wall a different colour to the other walls. Try to pick colours that work well together. Take colour inspiration from your furnishings. There’s nothing wrong with going bold and vibrant, such as combining colours like orange and pale blue but always make sure you test the colour first with a test paint pot, to ensure you’re happy with it. Always use masking tape at the edge of the wall where the two walls join, that way you’ll get a nice, clean line of colour.
With such a vast array of wallpapers on the market these days, it has become incredibly on-style to use a colourful, bold, patterned wallpaper design as a feature wall. It can really work well and add texture to a room, without it looking too busy. The good thing about using wallpaper for just one wall is that it’s not as time consuming as if having to do them for all the walls.
Stickers and stencils
Another popular method of creating a feature wall is to use stickers or stencils to create shapes and patterns, adding interest to the wall. The range of ideas on offer is huge, so pick something that appeals to you and suits the room you’re focusing on. For example, in a kitchen, you could add stencils of kitchen implements; in a child’s bedroom you could use stickers of flowers, planets, birds or even maps of the world. They are fun and easy to do, so add lots of appeal.
Other unique and interesting ideas for creating a feature wall include arranging a montage of family photos, a mural design, tiles in a bathroom or a chalkboard – which can work well in a child’s playroom or the kitchen.
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