If you’re a colour commitment-phobe, these feature wall ideas could be the home improvement project for you. By focusing on just one wall you can experiment with colour or patterns, without having to make a commitment to the whole room.
The feature wall is a quick and easy way to inject some creativity and personality into a room. You can live with it, and if you decide that you really love it, you can roll it out across the rest of the room, and if it doesn’t work out it’s quick and easy to change it.
A feature wall is the perfect way to use that expensive and slightly garish wallpaper you love, without blowing the budget and avoiding a décor faux pas. And if in a month’s time you decide it’s not for you, you can part company with minimum scrapping and expense.
Feature wall advice
When choosing your feature wall pick one that is free from windows and doors – which would break up the flow of colour – however, chimney breasts and alcoves work well. Feature walls are a great way to add depth and interest to a room. If your rooms are small or have low ceilings, feature walls allow you to use dark colours or complex patterns that would otherwise overwhelm the entire room.
Think ‘feature wall’ and the first thing to come to mind is probably a large, red painted wall, but paint isn’t the only option. It is however, worth noting that a painted feature wall is the easiest to change, should it not live up to expectations!
Feature wall ideas
Exposed brick is a rustic look that wouldn’t look out of place in a country cottage or a loft style apartment. But before you tear down the plaster make sure that your brick work is worth exposing!
Photo murals may not be the cheapest option, it comes in at around £2000 per wall, but they definitely make a statement. They are hung like wall paper, however, the sheets are wider, which makes them harder to hang. If any of the joins are visible the illusion will be ruined so employ a painter/decorator to get it just right.
Paint is the quickest, easiest and cheapest choice for a feature wall, but paint doesn’t have to be a solid block colour: experiment with shape and colour.
Mix and match retro tiles of different shapes and a plain white bathroom suite will be brought to life. Use different shades of one colour to avoid over-kill, play with texture and pattern to get the look.
If it’s a rental and you’re plagued by white, or worse… magnolia walls, all is not lost, create interest by mixing and matching photo frames in ad hoc orientations to add a homely design feel to boring walls.
Another option is wall stickers. They’re easy to apply, remove and reapply, perfect for those who are partial to changing their mind.
If your walls aren’t in good enough condition to be treated to a new layer of paint, spend you budget on re-plastering the wall and leave it bare – bang on trend and bang on budget – and when your budget permits, or when you fancy a change, just add paint!
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