Nothing adds wow factor like a fabulous feature wall. A burst of colour or pattern can take a room from ordinary to extraordinary. There is a huge range of options to choose from when looking to decorate, so if you are considering adding a feature wall to your home, here are some handy tips to help you along the way.
You might already have somewhere in mind for your feature wall, or you could be presented with a few options, making your choice a difficult one. Think about where your eye is naturally drawn to in a room. It could be the mantelpiece, the wall behind the head of the bed, or at the end of your hallway. It’s a good idea to concentrate on decorating the areas of the room that are obvious focal points as a feature wall elsewhere will compete with these spaces.
Also bear in mind that the darker the colour and heavier the pattern the smaller the room will look. If you want to open up your room go for lighter hues and simpler, softer patterns.
Paint or Paper or . . . ?
If you’re up for the challenge, the patterns and textures of wallpaper are dramatic and add a luxurious element to your room, and there is now a huge range of colours and styles on offer from reasonably priced to extravagantly expensive. Hiring a professional to paste it for you is recommended.
Paint is a simpler and more economical choice. Want the price of paint with the look of wallpaper? No problem: Paint can be used in a number of ways to create a wallpaper effect, through stencilling and clever use of masking tape. Most paint companies also stock a range of paint textures and effects that give a tactile finish to your wall adding interest and depth. And don’t forget blackboard paint for a dramatic wall that doubles as a functional space by displaying messages in the living areas and shopping lists in the kitchen.
If you don’t care for paint or paper, wood cladding, picture frames and other decorative items can be assembled to create a fabulous feature wall. Brightly coloured tiles are also an exciting way to spruce up bathrooms and kitchens.
There’s no reason not to add furniture and other homewares to complement your feature wall. If you choose to wallpaper above your mantel, for instance, go for some striking vases to contrast the paper. If painting behind a sofa, match your other soft furnishings, such as cushions and throws, to the colour scheme. Be brave with your homewares - you’ve already taken the step to go bold with your walls, so why stop there!
Get the look…
• Choose your wall carefully: stick to walls that are already the focal point of the room and be mindful of colour choices and the impact they will have on the space.
• Weigh up which style of feature wall will work for you – paint, paper, wood or other – and shop around to see what paint effects and other options are available.
• Don’t be afraid to accessorise your feature wall with bold soft furnishings and other homewares that will complement your wall’s colour and pattern.
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Katie Evans - Milan Direct