Feature Walls

Whether light and bright or dark and dramatic, an accent wall is a great way to have a little fun with colour and/or pattern. So if you are looking for an extra pop in your living room, consider an accent wall to liven things up.

Feature walls provide great opportunities to experiment with colour and pattern, a quick and easy way to liven up your space; to make an ordinary room extraordinary. 

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Feature walls can be high impact, but they don't have to be. Sometimes a subtle pattern can inject just the right amount of interest to a room without overwhelming the space.

Not sure which wall too feature? Not any wall will do - A feature wall should be used to highlight your rooms focal point. 

Do not put a feature wall in an already over-crowded room. When there's too much going on in a space it can be confusing to the eye and can create a sense of chaos. A feature wall should be a highlight, it needs room to breathe around a mantle piece, a large flat space behind a beautiful sofa, as a bed head, or even up a staircase . 

Make sure that whatever colour or pattern you choose, it complements the rest of the room. Choosing a bright or bold colour can be great, but only if it fits in with the rest of the room. Bold just for the sake of bold is never a good idea. 

Use a feature wall to define a space. In an open plan home or in multi- use spaces use it to define areas, wallpaper behind the dining room table, separates the kitchen from the eating area.
Or to define the bathing area of a bedroom - with the current trend of no walls en-suits. 

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Don’t think that paint and wallpaper are the only options. Feature walls can be created out of materials such as tile, stone, and reclaimed wood. Paint is an easy and inexpensive way to update your space without making a big commitment. There's no limit to the patterns you can create with paint, and it's the easiest material to change should you decide you want to try something different. 

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Don’t be afraid to use wallpaper. It's much easier to hang than you think, and now the paste is put on the wall first there is no pasting table, or soggy paper to carry around.

In a tiny room use a smaller scale design matching the other wall colour to the background of the paper. This will help to eye the feature wall blend in, and won’t overwhelm the room. If you want a bold colour or pattern in a small room, do the whole room!

Go bonkers in a downstairs loo. Alternatively use a subtle textured wallpaper as a feature, keeping the other walls plain but a similar hue.  An accent wall does not have to be loud and proud to make an impact. A subtle geometric wallpaper in colours that complement the furnishings will add interest.

In a white, minimalist room, perhaps add some interest by painting a wall in a deep colour. Or use it to contrast a busy wallpaper, I prefer to use a wallpaper with a white background for continuity.

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When the pattern is a bit intense, a piece of furniture placed in front helps to temper the effect and allows the paper to blend into the rest of the space.

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In a bedroom, set the tone for a lovely peaceful night’s sleep with a dreamy landscape behind the bed. 

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Get balance. Remember to follow the 60-30-10 rule for your room scheme: use light colours for 60 per cent of the space, so it will look brighter and more spacious; contrast with a toning darker colour ( or patterned) that other 30 per cent; with the remaining 10 per cent for the highlight colour,  accents on cushion trims, a feature decorative object etc. Look at the other materials used in your room before you start on the focal wall. Not everything is about colour and pattern— you can combine it with textures too. It creates interest in you interiors, we love something tactile. A bold wall doesn’t mean that you should forget the rest of the room. Take colours from the paper and use them as accent colours in the room - that could be a little as just a pom pom trim of a cushion, or maybe a lampshade.

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A small amount can go a long way - Wallpaper part of the wall as a bed head etc, If you have a huge wall, paper a central section like an enormous canvas. Not into patterns - what about a mural? One whole wall as an Ingres painting or wake up under clouds. Digitally printed murals are now available for everyone.

If you are looking for a dramatic change or a gentle upgrade, a feature wall could be just what your interior needs.

 Have fun with them.

Written By: Petronella 

Not into patterns - what about a mural? One whole wall as an Ingres painting or wake up under clouds. Digitally printed murals are now available for everyone.

If you are looking for a dramatic change or a gentle upgrade, a feature wall could be just what your interior needs.