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.