How to achieve a beautiful feature wall.
When it comes to a feature wall – it should be a stand out wall that’s nice and colourful.
When it comes to decorating, feature walls are one of the oldest tricks in the book; they enable you to accentuate architectural features such as alcoves or chimney breasts. Often when people think about decorating, there is the assumption that an all-over paint job is required to activate change. However, a feature wall is the easiest way to introduce colour into your scheme without the need paint every wall.
When picking your feature wall, the best place to start is by assessing which side of the room is least cluttered by furniture. Chimney breasts are the obvious choice if you have them as they are naturally the room’s focal point, however if this is not an option, pick the wall with the least distractions. This ensures you won’t be competing with furniture lines or patterns on furnishings.
Depending on how bold you wish to be, pick a contrasting shade to the other three walls. Feature walls often work well in richer colours, so do not afraid to make a statement. More traditional feature walls will use one tone to a single wall. However, to give the room a more contemporary and unique feel, why not try using more than one shade, extending the colour beyond the borders and around the corner? Colours you wouldn’t normally put together often make for the most interesting schemes. Therefore, opting for more unconventional pairings will transform your space as the combinations push and pull against one another.
As an alternative to block colours or graphical shapes, pattern is also an easy way to instantly add playfulness and personality into your home. Depending on the size of your feature wall and your level of skill, why not opt for an impressionist affect through wide brush strokes? It doesn’t need to be an exact science and the end result will be something entirely unique. Alternatively, there is such a rich variety of stencils available now, so you can create something bespoke without the need for any artistic sensibility.
The joy of a feature wall is that you can layer; simply add more colour to a scheme if it feels empty or paint over combinations that don’t work.
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