If you’re looking to revamp your living room or beautify your bedroom, you don’t necessarily have to pull out all of the stops and change everything to give it a new lease of life; creating a feature wall takes less time than redecorating the whole of the room and it can have far more dramatic an effect too.
If you like the idea of creating a feature wall in one or more rooms of your home, but you don’t know where to start, here are some ideas that are nothing short of fabulous and which will get you thinking:
The trend for decorating the home with geometric patterns is a big one right now, and rightly so because it adds colour and life to the space in a way that is difficult to beat. It can also look incredibly minimalistic or very detailed and intricate, depending on what kind of interior decor you prefer. So, it’s a pretty versatile trend to try.
When it comes to your feature wall, you could buy some fabulous geometrical wallpaper and cover it with that, you could use paint and masking tape to create your very own geometrical design, or if you’re looking for something just as beautiful, but a little less permanent, you could even use patterned washi tape to add your design to the feature wall. There are so many options that it’s almost mind-blowing!
Perfect a Picture Wall
If you’re the kind of person who takes a lot of pictures and collects a lot of art, the best way to create a feature wall that you’ll totally adore is to fill it with pictures. Buy lots of picture frames in different styles and colours, or the same if you generally like a more minimalist approach (although you can hardly call this idea minimalist) and round up your favourite art prints and canvases, and arrange as many of them as you can fit on the wall. It’ll look amazing and expensive, even if you haven’t spent very much money at all, and best of all, all those precious memories on display will make you smile every time you look at them.
A lot of modern home don’t even have a single clock on any of the walls due to the fact that we now all have a myriad of devices that can tell us the time on demand, so although clocks might seem a bit old hat, using one can be a great way to create a feature wall, and it will cost you very little, whilst taking up only a few seconds of your time too. All you need to do is buy a big over-sized clock in an interesting design, hang it up on the wall and voila! You instantly have a feature wall that will stand out and create an interesting talking point.
If you want people’s eyes to pop out when they see your feature wall, choose a really striking paint colour that is as vivid as you are comfortable with, and paint the wall in question with it. Then, take a complementary shade of paint and carefully (using masking tape to guide you) paint a stripe in that colour on the wall – just one stripe. This will really make it pop and no one will be able to ignore your beautiful, unique feature wall.
Of course, stripes don’t have to be quite so dramatic to create a fabulous effect. Small vertical stripes are great for making the room seem bigger by making the ceiling seem higher than it actually is, and they provide enough contrast to add interest, especially if all of the other walls are pretty plain in comparison.
All That Glitters
If you want to go really over the top and create a feature wall that simply cannot be ignored, glitter wallpaper is your best friend. It’s become a bit of a trend recently, but there are still few houses that have been brave enough to embrace the glitter look, which means you can still make it your own Go for black, gold, silver or purple glitter to get a really dramatic effect that looks sophisticated rather than trashy, and do keep it to just the one wall if you want it to have an impact and avoid overkill.
This idea is a bit more unusual, but that just means that your feature wall is far more unique. Go to a good fabric shop in your area and pick up a length of fabric that you really love, then hang it on your feature wall instead of wallpaper. Silk sari fabric can have a particularly staggering effect, but any fabric you love, and which complements the room, will be just as amazing.
If you think that’s a bit too dramatic, you can scale it down a little by framing smaller swatches of fabric in frames of varying sizes to create a fabric wall rather than a picture wall. Either way, it’ll wow them.
Brick It Up
Exposing the bricks on your feature wall is an easy way to add some rustic charm to the space. If you like the idea of the exposed brick look, but you don’t actually want to tinker around and expose the brick, there are lots of great wallpapers that mimic the effect and they are almost as good.
Chalk It Up
Hanging a large chalkboard or painting your feature wall with blackboard paint, particularly if it’s a kitchen or utility room, can be quite fun and gives you a space to write down lists, make notes and keep appointments so that you don’t forget. If you have a family, it’s also a great way to encourage creativity.
If you want to do something dramatic and sophisticated with your feature wall, fit it wall-to-ceiling with bookshelves and fill those shelves with beautiful bound books for an irresistible look.
Feature walls can really freshen up your home and make your rooms more interesting, so experiment with them!