Do you have a feature wall in your home? If you don’t, you’re missing one of the easiest ways to add some life to a room. When most people think about a feature wall, they think about a wall painted differently from the others. That’s one way to create a feature wall, but not the only one.
Last week we talked about creating an outdoor space and how basically it follows the same principles as an indoor space. One of the 6 tips I mentioned was that every room needs a focal point.
For the outdoors, a fireplace or a water feature can become the focal point. On the inside of the home, the focal point is usually a wall with something a little special on it, hence the term feature wall.
Gallery walls are a cheap and chic way to create a focal point and feature the wall. Be warned, it’s not easy to get it pinterest-perfect. But when it’s done right, it becomes the kind of feature wall that commands your room.
If your room has a fireplace, then that wall will be the focal point. Sometimes the fireplace can be small or weak looking. Adding another feature wall in the same space would be too much and create confusion.
So if you feel your fireplace isn’t strong enough to hold the room, then add some extra heft with paint, mirrors, wallpaper or wood.
Bookshelves make a wonderful focal point. Sometimes they’re put on either side of a fireplace, but a wall of bookshelves can look amazing and artsy.
Dark feature walls like black or grey are quite trendy right now. If you like painting, then this is one trend you may want to follow. It can look really sharp. Make sure the colour you choose relates to something in the room..
Dark green is another current colour for feature walls. Yes dark green is the new trendy colour. I know, I know…it looks like hunter green.
Notice how it’s showing up with white or black and there’s not one bit of burgundy. So it has come around again…but just a little different.
Paint is an easy, inexpensive way to create a fun focal point. So yes, go trendy with paint. Be a little outrageous because in a year or two you can repaint.
Another fairly easy way to add some personality to a room is with wallpaper. This elk wallpaper mural definitely becomes a focal point in the family area of a dental waiting room we just recently completed.
There are some fantastic wallpapers available that will create strong feature walls. Like the photo below, a little can go a long way.
Paint is certainly the easiest and least expensive way to feature a wall, but there are many other ways to make a wall stand out. The most important thing to remember is that the feature wall must relate to the decor.
If your home has a lot of interesting architectural features, then you don’t need a feature wall. However, many homes today can benefit from the addition of a feature wall that injects some personality.
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Karen Fron Design is a full-service Interior Design Firm located in Calgary, Alberta. We specialize in bespoke residential & commercial interiors, custom furniture & draperies, and whole home renovations.
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