Transform Your Home with a Feature Wall: Creative Ideas and Techniques for Accent Walls

Bathroom feature wall

A feature wall or accent wall can add detail to your home, showcasing different areas and introducing a pop of colour to style your home uniquely.

Including a well-designed feature wall adds impact and interest, and as it involves only one wall, this can be a cost-effective way of updating your home.

This article looks at feature wall options and what to consider when planning for them.

Where could you include a feature wall?

Feature walls are often used to highlight architectural details, such as an interesting angle or fireplace.

Feature walls can also transform a space into a more designated area, making them perfect for spaces like entranceways that benefit from a touch of distinction and style.

Take a moment to look around your room and find the wall that catches your eye as soon as you enter it. This wall is often perfect as a feature, but you might choose to accentuate a different wall.

Think about the built-in features, like bookcases or even the bath, that would be ideal to highlight. You may also have a specific feature you want to draw attention to, such as a piece of art, a family photo wall or the head of the bed.

Keep in mind that it's a good idea to avoid choosing a wall with doors or windows, as they can take away from the effect you're aiming for.

What different finishes are there?

Bold paint colour

Bold colours look awesome but if you’re looking for a long-term finish, try to avoid choosing a trendy colour that might go out of fashion. If you’d love a bright red wall, consider a slightly muted shade that will stand the test of time.

Colour blocking

Splitting your wall into sections allows you to include more than one paint colour. Create cosiness below with a darker colour and a feeling of space above with a more neutral colour.

Mixing and matching wallpaper designs is a creative way to add interest. Add a feature mural wall by colour blocking with a range of shades.

Add texture

Adding textured finishes like Venetian plaster or faux brick creates a point of difference in your space. These finishes not only hide flaws on imperfect walls, making them a great option for older homes, but they also add warmth and character. Textured walls also can reduce sound transmission through the walls.

Choose a  wallpaper

Patterned walls can create a feeling of height, making them excellent for opening up smaller spaces. With a wide range of wallpaper choices available, you can easily customise a room to your liking. From dramatic geometric shapes to tranquil nature scenes and everything in between, you have the flexibility to select patterns that perfectly suit the space.

What to consider when choosing a feature wall

What’s your mood?

Once you’ve chosen the wall to accent, consider the mood you want to create. Are you looking for a restful or grounding look? Are you aiming to soothe or excite?

Understanding this will help with your colour and finish choices.

Colour choice

When choosing your colour, aim for a shade that is darker than the other walls to achieve a good contrast.

Don’t be afraid to be a little bold. However, if you feel a bit apprehensive about it, painting the accent wall two shades darker than the other walls will create a great look without being too bold.

Avoid matching the accent wall to the main colour used in the room. This will diminish the impact and may cause it to blend in rather than stand out. Instead, aim for a contrasting colour to maximise the desired effect.

Size of the room

For smaller rooms, applying a darker colour to the wall on the far side creates a sense of depth, resulting in the room appearing larger when contrasted with lighter colours on the other walls.

Are you keen to include a feature wall at your home?

In Brisbane and Gold Coast, Kraudelt Painting offers interior painting expertise, including expert guidance on colour choices, finishes, and techniques. With our commitment to quality workmanship and meticulous attention to detail, you can rest assured that you will receive exceptional results and a beautifully crafted outcome. Get in touch today.

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