Feature Walls

The feature wall gets a lot of bad press, but I like them.  However, the right wall needs to be chosen and rather than a solid block of colour, try a textured or patterned wallpaper instead.  So when should you use a feature wall? A feature wall can be used to create a focal point in a room, and an anchor from which to draw other design elements. 

The key to a successful feature wall is using a colour evident elsewhere in the space. Feature walls work because they are a way of introducing colour, texture or pattern to a space without having to commit to it on every wall.  

Feature walls don't just have to be about paint or wallpaper, here are a few ideas for other ways to create a feature on a blank wall:

  • A gallery hang looks beautiful on an otherwise vacant wall (use all the same colour frames and black and white photos; or a mix of frames and artwork or photos for a more eclectic look). 
  • Timber panelling is another option to create a feature, try a dark timber installed in a herringbone pattern for something different. 
  • If you're renovating and have an old part of the original house, why not consider leaving an exposed brick wall for a more industrial look.  
  • The use of chalkboard paint in a family kitchen or a playroom is a great way to create an ever changing feature wall.
  • A wall of mosaic tiles in the master bathroom adds colour and interest.
  • Laser cut screens on a deck or outdoor terrace create a feature in your "outdoor room".

When NOT to use a feature wall: A feature wall will draw the eye to it and along it, so avoiding walls with windows or doors is generally a good idea. Also if the space at the end of a wall is a laundry or a part of the home that you really don't want to focus on, then put your feature wall elsewhere.

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