Are feature walls still in?
I’m asked this question quite a lot as people still love having them. And the answer invariably, is ‘yes, feature walls are still in'(!). A wall painted another colour is an inexpensive and effective way to shake up the interiors of our ‘castles’. And the up side to doing paint is that it’s so easy to change if you get tired of it. Even a dark paint is relatively easy to change over (just needs another layer or two of primer). So if you’re wanting to go down this path, I think a contemporary way of achieving a great result is to use either neutral or soothing colours. Big loud walls in fire engine red aren’t really the ‘go’ at the moment, but mid greys, or soft blush (one of Pantone’s colour of the year!) or mineral blue or green really work beautifully. All you need to do is add a couple of cushions or vases in a similar shade to tie the look together and you’re home and hosed. (photo source: qualityfurniturecenter.com)
The other option is to go a dark neutral for a more dramatic effect (see above). Makes artworks and light fittings (especially gold) absolutely pop! (photo source: housetohome.co.uk)
Another great idea that really shakes this paint-as-feature concept is using it to achieve geometric designs or patterns on a large scale. I love this idea as it tailors the pattern and colour to the space for a perfect outcome. I love these two examples below!
Wallpaper as another option for feature walls!
Another popular choice for my clients – and I’ve noticed in general – is doing a feature wall using a fabulous wallpaper. If you haven’t noticed that wallpaper is back and it’s BIG, then you’ve been under a rock for a while, haven’t you! It truly is everywhere and there are such gorgeous prints, patterns, textures and colours – it a smorgasbord of visual delight. I think they add real pizzazz! ANother good point is that the papers are usually made to be taken off so much more easily now (that’s often a comment I get when people love wallpaper but don’t want the hassle of messy removal down the track). The biggest benefit of choosing paper over paint for a feature wall is that it offers a more visually interesting option – especially if you go for a bold pattern, such as the gold spot on black background that we used in a recent project.
It can also be used to tie a palette together for a room such as the image below. We tied in that lovely teal from the wallpaper to produce a perfect bedhead and then sprinkled the other colours from the paper for accessories.
What else can be used for a feature wall?
Timber, stone, mirror, grass weaves, copper or other metals….the list really is limited only by imagination (oh, ok….and budget!!). Which do you like?
What are your favourites? What would you be prepared to d o in your own home?
If you’re based in Sydney and you’d like to discuss how we can help you choose the perfect feature wall for your home, just give us a buzz as our friendly team are only too happy to help.