Five ways to create a feature wall

Creating a feature wall is a simple way to give a room a dramatic focal point.

Create a focal point

The wall you choose to highlight should ideally be the space where your eye is first drawn when you enter the room. Walls with existing design features – like mantel places – also work well. Avoid walls with doors or windows if you can, as they tend to detract from the effect you are trying to create.

Be brave with colour

If your room is already a neutral colour, choose a strong contrasting shade to give the space instant drama and depth. If your walls are already painted a bright hue, try a complementary colour a few shades darker or lighter on the feature wall.

Play with patterns

If you would like to add extra interest, try adding a striking striped effect using harmonious hues. Paint effects, like lace stencils or hand-drawn circles, are also easy to create and help to add a personal touch.

Get creative with wallpaper

Using wallpaper on a single wall is a fabulous way to create instant impact. Play around with strong patterns, colours and textures or, if a subtle effect is more your style, choose a tone-on-tone wallpaper with a simple yet striking pattern such as damask or floral.

Highlight your existing furniture

Strategically placed furniture will work wonders at helping to emphasise your feature wall. In the living room, you might choose to paint the wall the sofa runs along, while in a bedroom, it could be the wall at the head of the bed. Avoid obscuring the wall with too much furniture – the aim of a feature wall is to guide the eye towards a room’s best assets and design features without overwhelming the space.

Be brave, be bold and follow your gut instincts – and most importantly, have fun!

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