To give your bedroom, bathroom, living room, kids room, home office, or any other room in the house a lift without the need for a total makeover, consider adding a feature wall.
You can create a feature wall by highlighting original architectural elements in an older home, such as stone, brick, or intricate millwork. Or you can add character to a new build or rental apartment with paint, wallpaper, textured wall finishes, or large-scale art, to name a few options.
Check out these ideas for turning blank walls into feature walls that will make your home and your life more alive and exciting.
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Embellish the Entry
One way to define the entryway in a semi-open space is by adding a feature wall that gives it pride of place while adding a decorative element. In this French apartment from Paris-based Caroline Andréoni Interior Design, a shoe bench with built-in storage is anchored by a wallpaper feature wall that adds color and pattern.
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A pastel pink board and batten feature wall adds softness to this primary bedroom from Living with Lolo that is decorated in shades of pink, white, and blue.Continue to 3 of 33 below.
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Highlight the Bath
If the bathtub is the centerpiece of your bathroom, why not add a feature wall behind it to make sure everyone knows it. In this spacious bathroom from Caroline Brackett Studio of Design, printed wallpaper in shades of blue, green, and cream highlights the shape of the room and makes the bathtub a destination.Continue to 4 of 33 below.
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Preserve Original Features
If your home has original architectural features like brick or stone, giving them some love and preserving a piece of your home's history will create a natural feature wall with a sense of place. In this galley-style kitchen from Forge and Bow Dwellings, the brick lends character to the kitchen fitted with modern cabinets and shiny backsplash tiles.Continue to 5 of 33 below.
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Not to be outdone by the striking blue coffered ceilings, this primary bedroom from Living with Lolo includes a bold wall of blue-and-white patterned wallpaper that adds a bit of attitude to a room furnished with neutrals and perfectly symmetrical nightstands and bedside lamps.Continue to 6 of 33 below.
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Surround the Fireplace
Brexton Cole Interiors added layers of decor to create a fireplace feature wall that blends in with the soft and subtle tones of this serene living room. The far wall has a traditional fireplace with a creamy painted surround and stacked art of varying heights leaning on the mantel. Wallpaper in a leafy pattern that echoes the sage green velvet sofas flanks each side, and a pair of mirrors reflects views and light.Continue to 7 of 33 below.
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Brighten Your Crib
There's nothing like some bright wallpaper to cheer up a space. In this light-flooded nursery from Curated Nest Interiors, an abstract large-scale floral wallpaper feature wall in bright pinks and reds adds warmth and vibrancy behind the crib.Continue to 8 of 33 below.
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Glam Up the Basement
Louis Duncan-He Designs hung colorful, tropical-themed wallpaper to create a long striking feature wall in this glamorous basement bar and lounge space.Continue to 9 of 33 below.
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Skip the Headboard
In place of a headboard, this spacious primary bedroom from Urbanology Designs includes a modern matte black painted board and batten style feature wall that runs two thirds of the way up and the full width of the wall behind the bed. A small framed piece of art mounted above the bed straddles both finishes to bring the look together.Continue to 10 of 33 below.
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Cheer Up the Hallway
The wall at the end of a hallway is an often neglected space. This hallway wall from interior designer Alvin Wayne becomes a focal point thanks to a black-and-white abstract marble patterned wallpaper feature wall layered with an organic shaped mirror that reflects light and views.Continue to 11 of 33 below.
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Create a 3D Effect
In this Palm Springs bedroom from Michelle Boudreau Design, the feature wall behind the bed is covered in paintable wall panels with a 3D effect. You can find paintable wall panels in a multitude of patterns and many are made from sustainable materials such as bamboo fibers, an added bonus.Continue to 12 of 33 below.
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Make It Multifunctional
This feature wall from Laura Brophy Interiors does double duty as wine storage and decor. Carved into unused wall space at the foot of the staircase, it's lit from within to highlight the owners' wine collection.
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Rough It Up
In this New York City living room from interior designer Alvin Wayne, a rough and textural concrete-effect gray feature wall gives the eye something other than the TV to focus on when it's not in use and adds contrast against carved wood console.Continue to 14 of 33 below.
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Carve It Out
Caroline Andréoni Interior Design installed a sophisticated feature wall in this Parisian bedroom that adds texture and dimension and maximizes the tall ceiling height.Continue to 15 of 33 below.
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Build It In
Interior designer Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis anchored the design of this midcentury modern-inspired living room with a striking medium-toned wood feature wall that includes hidden storage and open shelving to display objects, art, and books.Continue to 16 of 33 below.
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Go Wall to Wall
Leanne Ford Interiors created a custom tiered full-wall fireplace feature covered in a concrete skim coat in this neutral toned living room that adds a memorable flourish.Continue to 17 of 33 below.
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Energize a Blank Space
A feature wall doesn't have to be the main wall behind a bed or the largest wall in the living or dining room. In this spacious living room from Desiree Burns Interiors, the blank wall beneath the staircase is brought to life with an energizing patterned wallpaper that anchors a curvy console table and striking gold lamp.Continue to 18 of 33 below.
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Louis Duncan-He Designs added whimsical wall art in arched frames in a palette of blues to create an eye-catching fireplace feature wall in this modern living room.Continue to 19 of 33 below.
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Turn It Around
The styling trend of turning your books around so that their randomly colored spines face inward and do not upset your neutral decor scheme is viewed with contempt by many book lovers. But adding vertical and horizontal stacks of books like this adult loft bed space from Urbanology Designs that is visible from the living and dining areas below is a perfectly legitimate way to hold onto your book collection while quieting visual chaos, book snobs be damned. And if your book collection is digital but you miss the look of having books around, you can achieve a virtual home library effect with any number of book-themed wallpapers.Continue to 20 of 33 below.
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Send a Message
Curated Nest Interiors created a colorful kids room feature wall by hanging fun illustrated bookshelf-themed wallpaper that looks cute and celebrates the joy of reading.Continue to 21 of 33 below.
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Louis Duncan-He Designs created a tonal feature wall with grayscale watercolor landscape wallpaper and an upholstered velvet headboard that is nearly as wide as the wall itself. Simple white sheets and two shades of green velvet throw pillows add a hint of color that complements the soothing neutral scheme.Continue to 22 of 33 below.
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Map It Out
In this Maine condo bedroom, Tyler Karu Design and Interiors took advantage of the extra-tall ceilings to hang a custom 14-foot mural of an 18th-century map of the Maine coast that makes a place-appropriate feature of the wall behind the bed.Continue to 23 of 33 below.
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Flip the Script
While many designers choose to make a feature wall behind the bed, Caroline Andréoni Interior Design took an opposite approach in this spacious Parisian en suite bedroom by plastering the wall opposite the bed in black-and-white palm print wallpaper. The wallpaper can be enjoyed from the bed, and the black tones of the wallpaper help to camouflage the flat-screen TV, always a bonus.Continue to 24 of 33 below.
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Highlight a Window
Warm medium-toned gray paint highlights the central window in this primary bedroom from Curated Nest Interiors, grounding the pale neutral space and making the room with its high-pitched ceilings and acres of white paint feel cozier and more down to earth.Continue to 25 of 33 below.
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Create a Wall Within a Wall
Urbanology Designs created a mini feature wall in the blank space between the windows of this primary bedroom using floor-to-ceiling wood slats that add texture and warmth and create contrast with the modern upholstered headboard and furnishings.Continue to 26 of 33 below.
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Hang Framed Wallpaper Panels
Louis Duncan-He Designs hung panels of traditional blue wallpaper covered with branches, leaves, flowers, and birds that are framed with wood wall detailing that helps the wall to blend in with the rest of the room.Continue to 27 of 33 below.
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Keep It Light
Living with Lolo hung black and white wallpaper with a hand-drawn pattern that looks like a blown up page from an artist's sketch book to create a feature wall in this light and airy primary bedroom.Continue to 28 of 33 below.
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Highlight Your Collection
Louis Duncan-He Designs created a double feature wall on either side of the fireplace with black and white paint and open shelving to create a showcase for the clients' vinyl collection, making the central fireplace just one part of the equation rather than the main event.Continue to 29 of 33 below.
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A deep, dark forest green painted accent wall adds contrast to this pale neutral-toned bedroom from Living with Lolo.Continue to 30 of 33 below.
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The monumental fireplace wall in this living room from Maestri Studio is a midcentury throwback with modern appeal.Continue to 31 of 33 below.
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Add a Mural
An airy large scale pink wall mural in this Parisian kids room from Caroline Andréoni Interior Design adds a poetic touch that is framed by traditional painted moldings and millwork.Continue to 32 of 33 below.
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Add a New Slant
Austin Gray Design Group made a feature of the slanted wall in this top floor space by adding patterned wallpaper on the angled surface and saturated blue wall paint on the ceilings and window surrounds.Continue to 33 of 33 below.
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This DIY faux living feature wall from A Beautiful Mess brings the outdoors in, adding an energizing feel-good vibe to a home office space with no maintenance required.