As the name suggests, a feature wall highlights a room’s features, add personality and can start a conversation by just being there. In my house, I use wine as a conversation starter, but this could become expensive in the long run…
Large format graphics have been around for a number of years and can transform walls into breathtaking works of art. A feature wall need not be an expensive exercise, as timber, a cluster of photos or paint will have an equally ravishing effect if used correctly. Although it seems like an easy thing to just slap on a bit of paint or wallpaper, we still have to take a few things into consideration before we get too carried away.
1. CONSIDER THE SIZE OF YOUR ROOM
* Feature walls work best in large, open plan areas. Rooms that are too small can easily become visually cluttered and feel quite claustrophobic, especially if you choose a very dark colour or busy pattern.
* It’s best to highlight a wall without any windows or doors. The impact will be greater if a large, uninterrupted area is used.
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2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WALL
* A feature wall works well if it is an area where the eye is naturally drawn to, for example a wall with a fireplace or alcoves.
* Another great wall to highlight is the one that holds the focus in a room as you walk in the door. In the living room, it would be the wall behind the sofa. In a bedroom, the eye would naturally be drawn to the wall at the head of the bed. In my kids’ bedrooms, it’s usually the pile of clothing next to the bed…
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3. CHOOSE THE DESIGN OF YOUR FEATURE WALL
With so many designs out there today, it can be quite daunting to choose! Keep the following in mind before making any big decisions.
* Timber slats will add a wonderful warmth and texture to a room. This look will work well in a relaxed environment like country, rustic, industrial or beach style. Make sure to add slats to only one wall, as we don’t want to end up looking as if we’re living in a boat.
* If you love a very strong graphic pattern, take care to keep the artwork against that wall minimalistic with simple, clean lines, or leave it out altogether.
* Wall paper or timber slats used horizontally, will make the room appear larger and vertical stripes will make the ceiling appear higher.
* A full wall mural should not be obscured by any paintings or other pieces of art. It completely defeats the purpose!
* Clustering your photos together on a neutral backdrop will create a stunning, inexpensive focal wall for any room. Keep the look uniform by using the same colour frame.
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4. PICK THE RIGHT COLOUR
* Feature wall colour should not dominate, but enhance your room. The fussier the backdrop, the simpler the styling.
* Dark colours will make your wall appear closer and light colours will have the opposite effect.
* Consider your existing furniture – a subtle colour palette with simple lines will work well with any backdrop.
* If you like something bolder, choose an accent colour from your feature wall and add an upholstered sofa or curtains in that colour. Alternatively, create wow factor with scatter cushions in monochrome with eye-catching patterns.
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So now that you have all the information you need, don’t be scared to take that bold next step. Remember to send us a few photos of what you’ve accomplished!
Cheerio ’til next time!