Feature walls provide great opportunities to experiment with color and pattern. They offer a quick and easy way to liven up a space, and depending on what material you choose, they can be very low cost. Feature walls can be high impact, but they don't have to be. Sometimes a subtle pattern can inject just the right amount of interest to a room without overwhelming the space.
Whether you want a big change or a subtle upgrade, a feature wall could be just the thing you need.
Here are some of the do's and don'ts to keep in mind.
DON'T randomly select a wall to highlight. The feature wall should be used to highlight the room's existing focal point. For instance, the wall where the mantel sits, or even where the TV is makes for a good feature wall. The wall behind the headboard in a bedroom is also ideal. The point is that the eye should be drawn to one spot and if the feature wall is anywhere other than the focal area the eye won't have a place to rest. Let the room's architecture be your guide.
DO make sure that whatever color or pattern you choose complements the rest of the room. Choosing a bright or bold color can be great, but only if it fits in with the rest of the room. Bold just for the sake of bold is never a good idea.
DON'T opt for a feature wall because you're scared to commit an entire room to a particular color or pattern. While it's a great option if you think the color or pattern will be too overwhelming for the entire room, you shouldn't do it out of fear.
A feature wall should be a highlight, not a consolation prize.
DON'T put a feature wall in an already over-crowded room. When there's too much going on in a space it can be confusing to the eye and it creates a sense of chaos. A feature wall should be a highlight, and in order for it to be so it needs room to breathe.
DO use an accent wall to define a living space. In an open concept home (or in multi-use spaces) it can be tricky to define areas, but an accent wall can help. For instance, a feature wall to highlight the dining area in a living/dining space can help greatly.
DON'T think that paint and wallpaper are the only options. Feature walls can be created out of materials such as tile, stone and reclaimed wood.
DO opt for paint when you want an easy and inexpensive way to update your space without making a big commitment. There's no limit to the patterns you can create with paint, and it's the easiest material to change should you decide you want to try something different.
DON'T be afraid to use wallpaper. So many people are hesitant to decorate with wallpaper because they don't want to deal with eventually having to take it down, but there are plenty of peel and stick options that are easy to remove when the time comes.
DON'T put an accent wall in a tiny room. It will only make it look smaller. If you want a bold color or pattern in a small room you're far better off covering all the walls. Go big or go home!