Feature walls are a great way to accent your wall and to add a bit more style to any room in the home. However, there are some common mistakes that people often make when painting walls. In this article we’re going to look at some feature wall ideas, some do’s and don’ts in interior design.
There is nothing worse than a badly painted room, and if you’ve got a feature wall you’re painting it’s going to be even more obvious if it’s not painted correctly. Make sure you prepare your walls and equipment before starting painting and cover any switches or electrical sockets with tape.
Covering your floors and furniture will help you protect them from any splashes of paint. When you’re painting, use a “W” or “M” pattern to keep the paint even on the wall. Read some more painting tips.
Choose a Natural Wall
Creating a feature wall should feel natural. Avoid picking a wall at random to turn into an accent wall, instead go with the wall that is naturally the focal point of the room. If you pick a wall that isn’t the natural featured wall, it will look odd and give the room an unnatural feng shui.
Don’t be afraid to use bold block colours on the feature wall. It should be eye-catching and give the room a wow factor. But be careful, if you’re using neutral colours for the rest of the room, make sure the bold colour you’ve chosen compliments it.
Your local DIY store will be able to help you find complimentary colours. Usually, if you pick a bold paint colour, there will be a recommended colour pallette associated with it, to help you find the right neutral colour.
Add Extra Accents & Interest
You don’t need to just paint a feature wall, you can add extra accents and make it more interesting to look at. You can use paint effects such as stencils and shapes to add an interesting look to the wall.
Adding panel moulding and accents on a wall will make it more eye-catching and also help make the room feel luxurious. Use the wall to hang a single piece of art to make the art part of the feature. Depending on the art you hang, this will change the dynamics of the room dramatically.
Use Alternate Styles and Materials Walls
Along adding accents and moulding to your wall, you could actually use mixed material to create a feature wall. Opting for materials such as tiles, stone and even a living wall can help bring more interest to the room as well as being a talking point.
While this will inevitably be more expensive than painting, using natural materials will help bring a bit of the outside, inside. Most local painting and DIY shops will have wallpaper designed to look like stone or tile and can be a great budget way to make a fancy effect on your walls.
Strategically Place the Furniture
The feature wall should be the natural place in the room that your eye is drawn too. To enhance this effect further, you can strategically place the furniture pointing towards the wall and in turn make your eye naturally drawn. This can be improved even further with the clever use of mirrors and lighting, to create an easy eye-flow throughout the room.
It's important that when you're picking the colour for your featured wall, that it won't clash with your furniture. While the feature wall should be eye catching and stand out, it should also compliment the colour pallet of the rest of the room.
Use Sliding Wardrobes
If the natural place for your feature wall has some storage units on it, or requires some storage around the alcoves, then opt for sliding wardrobe doors. Our wide range of sliding wardrobe doors come in a variety of styles and finishes. Use some of our bold coloured glass to create a custom built in storage solution that incorporates your feature wall.
Because all of our wardrobe doors are made to measure, they can be easily fitted into alcoves and even chimney breasts, helping you create the eye-catching, stylish storage solution.