The right feature wall will certainly add dramatic flair to any room, be it your bedroom, home office or living area. We’ve rounded up the top feature wall options to help you get those creative juices flowing!
Which wall should be my feature wall?
First things first, which wall do you choose?
There are a couple of general rules of thumb to follow when selecting which wall you would like to set as your accent wall:
- Ensure your chosen feature wall will be visible as soon as you enter the space; Avoid making a feature of the wall that is behind you as you enter the room
- An effective way to select the best accent wall for a room is to use whichever wall the “main attraction” of the space (as I like to call it!) will be resting against; i.e., the wall behind your television in the living area for example, or the wall behind your bed in the bedroom.
- Opt for a wall with no doorways or windows if possible – This will ensure your new feature wall doesn’t have to compete with an already busy wall
- If you are using wallpaper to create your accent, avoid any wall with a heater or fireplace as this will damage the paper over time
Painted Feature Wall Ideas
The simplest way to create a stunning feature wall is to use an old classic: Paint. Be it a solid colour, stripes or special effects, paint is a tried and tested budget friendly way to introduce more colour in your home.
Simple and straight forward: Selecting a single solid colour as your accent is the most budget friendly as well DIY-friendly choice when it comes to creating a new feature wall. This option offers a high contrast, strong visual impact in any space and allows for the perfect backdrop to showcase your favourite artwork or other wall decor, such as oversized clocks, mirrors or even television sets and fireplaces.
Perhaps a little more time consuming than a simple, solid coloured painted feature wall, painting stripes is without a doubt, a fabulous way to add a luxuriously creative touch to any room. Use a striped feature wall to your advantage: Horizontal stripes will elongate the room while vertical stripes will create the illusion of added height. Using painter’s tape and paint rollers, get creative with your colour combinations to achieve your desired look! For example, pairing shades of blue with clean whites will offer a casual, coastal vibe while layering metallic paints in your striped feature wall will create an air of luxury.
Special Effect Paint
Most definitely one of my all time favourite options when it comes to creating the perfect accent wall! Special effect paints (such as the Dulux Design Effects Range) can lift a space from drab to fab (yes, how very cliché of me to say!) From pearl effects to metallics, copper and even glitter, there’s a specialised paint product to help you achieve the look you want for less – Click on any image below to open up a slideshow:
The Dulux Design Effects Range includes all sorts of beautiful textures and finishes, from opulent metallics to pearls and more industrial concrete and rust looks – View the entire collection here.
Mural & Wallpaper Feature Wall Ideas
An excellent option for the uber creatives among us, creating a mural as a feature wall is not for the faint of heart! Murals and wallpapers are the perfect solution for maximum impact, working well in retail environments as well as in the home.
Custom Printed Images
Can’t seem to find what you want? Create it! There are many businesses that will custom print your selected mural or image onto wallpaper for your home or business. If you are unable to find the perfect fit in their catalogue of images, you are able to supply your own image or artwork provided that the file is of an extremely high quality, i.e. at a resolution that will allow the image to be enlarged without losing its crispness (otherwise you will end up with a giant, blurry mess!)
A classic when it comes to creating that perfect accent wall, wallpaper has long been a favourite option for adding texture, colour and pattern to the home. With many advances being made in wallpaper technology, you will find that quality wallpaper will cause no damage whatsoever upon removal, provided it is applied correctly to begin with. If you opt for the DIY route, always seek advice from your wallpaper manufacturer for their best tips to avoid any disappointment down the track.
Add a uniquely personal touch by creating your very own hand painted mural. From the nursery to the master bedroom, let your creativity flow! Paint a mural of your child’s favourite characters, get creative with patterns or get wild with bold splashes of colour!
Tiled Feature Walls
Tiles are an obvious choice for wet areas such as the bathroom but can definitely be introduced into other areas of the home such as the kitchen, living area or outdoor dining area for example, as an incredible accent piece. There are so many options available that the possibilities truly are endless: from large format tiles to unique shapes and mosaic murals, tiles are a fantastic choice for creating a luxurious feature in your home!
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My walls are pale yellow. Is there a pale yellow metallic paint available???
Hi Suzanne! Although I don’t know of any metallic pale yellow paints, you could use a metallic gold feature paint instead that is tinted with a touch of white to bring it closer to what you are after. Have a browse of your local paint store and see what you can dig up! Otherwise, a feature wallpaper may be right up your alley – Wallpapers are often available in a huge range of colours and designs that’ll make it easier to create a feature. Best of luck!