Feature wall, accent wall, focal point – regardless of what you call it, your feature wall should captivate and inspire. It should be the first thing people see when they walk in the room and the last thing they take note of when they leave. Feature walls are distinct design features. There’s no right or wrong way to create one. You’re only limited by your own creativity and skill level. While we can’t help you to become a master woodworker overnight, we can help with the inspiration portion of your project.
The following are six inspiring ways to create an eye-catching feature wall.
Paint is both easy and versatile, making it perfect for those who don’t have much design or handyman experience. What’s more, there are several ways you can use paint to create an accent wall in your space. If you love drama, opt for a dark and dramatic accent wall. Choose a solid color that’s dark and bold. If you’re afraid of going too dark, opt for a pop of color but keep the rest of the walls neutral or white. You can also use stencils or painters’ tape to create designs, such as stripes, on your feature wall.
If you love patterns, wallpaper is the way to go. Geometric designs, floral prints, textured surfaces -there’s no end to the possibilities with wallpaper. If you don’t want to have to remove the wallpaper later or if you lease your space, you can also opt for temporary wallpaper. It’s quirky, fun and easy to remove.
Whether you place art on your wall or not, installing traditional wall lights is a great way to bring attention to your accent wall. In most cases, you will want to use accent lighting on your feature wall. Accent lighting features a concentrated swath of light that bedazzles and catches the eye. Use accent lighting to accentuate the architecture of your home, a painting, a unique display or interesting color choice. If you want something a bit more subdued, opt for a couple of sconces or place wall lights in strategic places.
Perfect for your bedroom or living space, wood accent walls are absolutely gorgeous. To create one, simply nail finished or unfinished boards to one wall. Run the boards horizontally, vertically or at an angle for a barn-like or rustic feel. If you want to get more creative, you can opt for wooden parquet squares or paneling. Wood features, such as medallions, are also great ideas.
Creating a feature wall with art is fun because you can do just about anything you want. If you love watercolor paintings, place your collection on one wall while leaving the rest bare or almost bare. You can also tweak this idea and use framed photos of your family to make the wall even more personal. Just remember to mix and match the frames for a dramatic effect.
Floor-to-ceiling tiles are all the rage now. They are especially ideal for placing around your fireplace, but you don’t have to have a fireplace to incorporate a tiled feature wall into your space. Place solid-coloured tile horizontally or in a herringbone pattern. Large porcelain or marble tiles add an air of elegance and sophistication to space while patterned tiles add fun, texture, and color.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to create a feature wall that will dazzle your guests. Don’t be afraid to mix these ideas either. Think of your feature wall as a work of art that you’re going to get to enjoy for years to come.
What is your favorite way to create a feature wall in your home?