As I’ve mentioned a few times, Ben and I are in the early throes of redecorating, and one of the ideas we’ve had is to add a feature wall to a couple of the rooms in our house to inject a little life into the colour schemes and allow us to step away from plain cream walls which neither of us really want.
Why create a feature wall? Well, no matter how small your budget is, you can improve the look of your living space by creating one. It becomes the focal point of your room and gives you drama, softness, or an eye-catching centrepiece to your room, and, of course, it’s one of the best ways of injecting your personality into your home. It’s easier to do than you might think, too!
Use Your Room’s Features
If you already have features built into your walls, use them. I’m talking about fireplaces, mantelpieces, or even a little alcove. Your feature wall doesn’t have to be a straight wall, either; you can just as easily make a corner into a stunning feature. So, if you have beams in your ceiling and they join in a corner, make use of them! You can even use a window as the central point of your feature wall – particularly if it shows off a great view.
Choosing A Colour
While most home design advice will tell you to keep wall colours soft and light, you can be a little more creative with a feature wall. Dark colours can be quite striking, and bring a dramatic effect to any room. Accent colours that compliment or contrast the rest of your decor can make things pop out a lot more and really draws the eye and bright colours on your feature wall work well if you have a plain colour throughout the rest of the room.
Wallpaper is perfect for a feature wall, and it gives you so many options (plus you don’t have to worry about making sure you’re walls are perfectly smooth either as wallpaper can hide a multitude of sins!) You could mix things up a little, too, by having chunky and eye-catching patterns. Graphic wallpaper can give you an edgy look while you can bring some style and class with old-style Victorian designs. Perfect for all you shabby chic lovers out there!
I love Haydy’s statement wallpaper in her bedroom, it looks so classy!
Light It Up
Once you have your feature wall made up, you can draw the eye to it even more by using better lighting. Try and find some LED spotlights to shine onto your main feature and it will stand out a treat. LEDs are one of the most cost-efficient ways of lighting your home- take a look over at Any Lamp for more details. So, not only will your feature wall look great, but you’ll also be saving some pennies, too.
Finally, if you have any brick walls behind your plasterboard and wallpaper, why not expose them? It’s a stunning look, and although you have to be careful about insulation and draughts, it’s not difficult. I would advise getting a professional in if you don’t know what you are doing, however. A feature wall is all well and good, but you want one in the positive sense, rather than an eye-catching mess.
Are you thinking of creating a feature wall in your home?
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