The feature wall is now more than a passing trend: it is established as a classic way to add interest to a home, without going overboard. Part of its appeal is that there are so many ways it can be interpreted: a big bold splash of colour, or a subtle use of pattern and texture. Here are some tips to really make the concept sing.
Work with an existing focal point
There should be some coherent reason for your choice of wall, otherwise the harmony of the room will be disrupted. The fireplace or TV wall is a popular choice, as this avoids creating a conflicting focal point in the room. In the bedroom, feature walls usually work best behind the headboard.
Choose the right room
Feature walls work best in larger rooms, as they can distract from the sense of space in a smaller room. If the room is already cluttered with furniture, ornaments, and heavy patterns, consider toning it down before adding a feature wall, or the overall effect will be too busy.
Feature walls don’t just have to mean painting the wall a different colour to the rest of the room. Consider using textured finishes with paint or wallpaper. You could even use different materials such as stone, wood or tiles. Murals are also now a very popular way to really make a statement.
Pick out accent colours
Using colours that have no relation to the rest of the room can spoil the rhythm and balance of the space. It’s best to have some element of coordination. You could do this by using complementary colours, meaning shades which are opposite each other on the colour wheel.
Another way to go is to pick out an accent colour, and echo this in other elements of the room décor, such as the curtains, rugs, or cushions. This will help to tie everything together.
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