5 Fabulous Feature Wall Ideas To Wow Your Guests
There’s nothing nicer than that one word “wow!” when your guests enter your home. It’s the moment that you know all that effort that went into decorating and choosing furniture paid off.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to involve expensive new items to enhance it. You can change just one feature wall using a variety of different methods, and you can completely change the look and feel of your living room and impress your friends all at once.
Best of all, one wall can be improved at a low cost, and with minimal effort, making it possible to achieve great things – even if you can’t afford the latest designer look.
What Is A Feature Wall?
This design concept of a feature or statement wall is relatively new in the interior design world. The idea appears to have sprung from the idea that homeowners may not be able to afford to elaborately wallpaper or paint an entire room, but that one wall is much more manageable.
Additionally, if you love a bold and strong colour, you can add it to one wall, and benefit from the vibrancy, without feeling enclosed.
Deciding which of the four walls in your room can be tricky too; it very much depends on where you want the focus of the roof to be.
The feature wall is likely to be the wall that you first see as you enter the room, or the wall you want people to notice as they enter. It may be the wall that is architecturally the most interesting, such as the chimney breast, or the wall that supports a stairway.
The most important thing about a feature wall is that it should not be obscured by too much furniture, as it will spoil the intended effect. One soda, a table or a few plants may serve to highlight the wall, but don’t detract from the appeal by cluttering the area.
You should also choose a wall that doesn’t have a window (or at least not too many windows) as this will complicate the design, and make it harder to wallpaper around. Plus you want the effect of a large expanse of space.
Try to keep your colour choices within the same tone as your overall colour scheme. Your accent wall can serve as a springboard for other accessories within the house, such as cushions, bedding and rugs
Feature Wall Idea No.1: Paint It To Your Preference
The simplest and easiest way to get a great looking feature wall is simply to paint it a different colour to the rest of the room. They key here lays in the choice of colour.
For a bold statement that is still in keeping with the overall design of the room, you should simply choose a shade that is at least 2 shades darker than the other walls. This ensures that the look is in keeping with the existing aesthetics.
However, there are so many colours to choose from, and so many ways of choosing a colour that you might just be tempted to be even bolder. You could try colour matching paint to your favourite cushion or piece of furniture, or choosing a colour to suit your mood.
If your other walls and carpet are neutral shades of white or cream, you really can let your hair down and choose a dramatic shade for one wall that will really draw attention-for all the right reasons.
Try to keep your colour choices within the same tone as your overall colour scheme. Your accent wall can serve as a springboard for other accessories within the house, such as cushions, bedding and rugs.
If you are renting (as so many of us are), wall stickers are a great idea. They will normally leave no mark even when removed, and they offer a way of defining your space and individualising it – even if it is just one wall!
Feature Wall Idea No.2: Individualise Your Space With Stickers
If you want a feature wall, but you’re afraid to make permanent changes, the idea of wall stickers is designed just for you. These stickers are available in lots of different looks, including: cut-out pictures, words and phrases and interesting swirl patterns.
In fact, there are companies you can approach and have wall stickers customised to your own individual design.
If you are renting (as so many of us are), wall stickers are a great idea. They will normally leave no mark even when removed, and they offer a way of defining your space and individualising it – even if it is just one wall
Feature Wall Idea No.3: Achieve Artistic Intrigue-Without Spending A Fortune
While you could splash out and have an artist come and apply a mural to your feature wall, but there are actually a few other ways to achieve the same look without having to spend a fortune.
There are now a number of mural wallpapers available that allow you to apply a scene to the wall in the same way as wallpapering it. These scenes can be a cityscape, a forest, the ocean-or even more abstract designs if you so desire.
You can also have wallpaper designed to your own choice of photo. So if you wish, your feature wall could have photos of your children, your favourite football team or any other image you wish (copyright should be taken into account, of course).
Some of these murals are applied in the usual way wallpaper is applied, while others are the wall equivalent of sticky-backed paper, and can be carefully stuck to the wall, with any bubbles eased out during application.
You can buy brick slips in almost any shade or brick type that you wish; you can even branch out and choose a tiled effect with slate proving incredibly popular!
Feature Wall Idea No.4: Apply Brick Slips To Add Additional Appeal
If you love the look of brick inside your home you can take advantage of these amazing things called brick slips. These are essentially a slice of a brick front (often several bricks joined together) that are lightweight, and can be applied directly to your wall with adhesive.
The look is authentic brick as that is exactly what it is, but the brick is there for decorative effect, and not to protect your home.
You can buy brick slips in almost any shade or brick type that you wish; you can even branch out and choose a tiled effect with slate being incredibly popular.
The bricks can be laid in any configuration you want from the classic staggered look, to more of a subway feel.
This is a look that is gaining in popularity and can create a very dramatic feature wall that is both tactile and attractive.
Feature Wall Idea No.5: Seek Out Statement Wallpaper
Wallpaper has seen a resurgence in the last few years as the prices have come down, and the choice of designs has diversified. No matter what you particular tastes or the colours you want, you can almost always find the right wallpaper for your needs.
Some of the older more traditional designs have also become popular again, with styles by William Morris joining modern interior designs that really do pack a punch.
Wallpapering is an art, but most of us can get the hang of it fairly quickly. The best thing about a statement wall is that the space is small, so you can splash out on very fancy flocked or designer papers and you can lay it yourself.
Wallpapering is surprisingly cost effective and will last many years. Of course, when the time comes to change your mind, the removal can be difficult and might require scraping and steaming to eradicate it completely.
Statement walls are a way of showing your individual style and design quirks without overwhelming a room. Not only can you add interest to an otherwise dull room, but you can change it often to achieve a new look with minimal effort whenever you want.
Create a fabulous focal point for your home by creating a feature wall with a difference. For further advice on how to decorate your home without breaking the bank, contact the experts today, by calling 0800 1700 636 today, or by clicking the button below!