A well thought out feature wall can bring a room to life like almost nothing else. Simple yet enormously effective, it’s also one of the easiest ways of transforming the dynamic of an entire room.
Unfortunately, it’s also surprisingly easy to go wrong when designing and creating a feature wall. If anything, we find that DIY decorators in Washington, DC, McLean, VA and across the region have a habit of being a bit too conservative. The key to success with a feature wall lies in its name – it should be a standout ‘feature’ that catches the eye and brings something unique to the space.
Endless Options to Explore
As with most aspects of interior painting and design, experimentation holds the key to success. It’s worth remembering that given the fact you’re talking just a single interior wall, it’s not the end of the world if you have to start from scratch. If you’re not completely satisfied with the final result, you can edit it, add to it or scrap the whole thing and start again.
Other than this, there are just a few basic things to bear in mind when putting together a feature wall at home. More specifically, five steps to follow to create a stunning feature wall you’re pretty much guaranteed to be proud of:
Choose The Right Wall
Right off the bat, nothing matters more than choosing the right wall in the first place. As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to go with whichever wall immediately attracts the most attention when walking into the room. It could be a large wall with a fireplace and several wall ornaments, a smaller wall with an enormous television screen or any other wall that catches the eye. That said, try to avoid walls with windows or doors where possible. Features like these will detract attention from the effect you’re attempting to create.
Be Bold With Your Colour Choice
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when creating a feature wall is being shy with your color choice. Assuming the rest of the space is relatively toned down and neutral, go for something much brighter and bolder than you normally would. It’s case of creating dramatic contrasts, choosing something that’s a good few shades lighter or darker than the rest of your walls. If the feature wall simply blends in with the rest of the room, it’s not a feature wall. Don’t forget, you can always change your mind later, if not entirely satisfied.
Consider Additional Patterns And Effects
There’s also nothing to say that your feature wall has to be painted one solid color. You might be surprised how effective stripes, chevrons or stenciled designs could be. Again, it’s a case of going out of your comfort zone and choosing something you wouldn’t normally pick for the rest of your walls. Hand-drawn patterns should also be considered if you’re going for something truly unique.
Strategic Furniture Placement
This also extends to all fixtures and ornamental features you position across the space in question. Strategically placing furniture around the room can significantly emphasize both the presence and the prominence of a feature wall. In a typical working example, you could position your sofa so that it runs along the feature wall. Or in the bedroom, create a feature wall that sits behind the head of the bed. Just be careful not to obstruct too much of the feature wall with furniture, as to do so will diminish its impact and appeal.
Take Inspiration, But Be Original
Last but not least, it’s both natural and advisable to seek inspiration online. But at the same time, copying ideas wholesale really isn’t the way to go. One of the biggest benefits of setting up a feature wall is the fact that it gives you the opportunity to do something 100% unique. Rather than copying other people’s ideas outright, it can be far more satisfying to put your own unique spin on things. Even if you’re not particularly creative, it’s fairly simple to come up with a unique and inspiring design for a feature wall at home.
Of course, there’s always the option of involving the pros and seeking inspiration from those in the know. At Homm CPS, we offer a comprehensive range of interior painting services of unbeatable quality and value for money. Whether you already know what you want or could do with a little input from the experts, we’re standing by to take your call.
Contact a member of the team at Homm CPS anytime to discuss your requirements in more detail.