How to Create a Feature Wall

A feature wall is a stand-out piece of wallpaper that can help draw the eye and create a focal point in your home. Whether you’re after a bright colour, bold print or intricate pattern, there’s something to suit any taste and interior style.

Creating a feature wall is a quick and easy way to update your home’s look. The key is to choose a wallpaper that complements the rest of your decor and makes sense in terms of scale and pattern size. Then, work out where to hang it. For the best results, consider choosing a wall that’s visible as soon as you enter the room – for example, behind your bed or the living room TV. It’s also worth remembering that your feature wall doesn’t have to be the largest in the space.

A large patterned wallpaper can be an instant hit in a small bedroom, while a more delicate design can create a relaxing space for a young child. If you’re worried about a busy pattern overwhelming a small space, consider opting for a smaller scale option or combining the wallpaper with a painted panel.

In this en suite bedroom from Tyler Karu Design and Interiors, black-and-white palm-print wallpaper takes centre stage behind the bed, adding a chic and tropical feel to the space. The design also helps to camouflage the flat screen TV, making it both functional and stylish.

You don’t have to choose a pattern to create a feature wall – if you opt for a solid colour, a paint shade a few shades darker or lighter than the rest of the room can still make an impact. This is particularly effective if you’ve chosen a paint with texture, such as a matt or silk finish, as it will offer a contrast to the smooth surface of your wallpaper.

It’s also important to ensure that your feature wall is framed by furniture that won’t compete with it for attention. The best approach is to choose furniture with clean lines that’ll sit well against your feature wall – for example, in a living room, you could paint the wall the sofa runs along. In a bedroom, you might choose to hang your wallpaper behind the headboard, as this allows you to enjoy it from the bed.

Rather than hanging a single piece of art, you can create your own gallery wall with a collection of prints. This is a great way to add personality to your interiors, and it’s also easy to update as your tastes change. This colourful bedroom from Louis Duncan-He Designs is a perfect example, with a series of hand-drawn florals adding interest to the space.

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