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14 Feature wall ideas for the modern home
Since they rose to fame in the early 2000’s, feature walls have been a staple in the design-led home. The chance to channel your creativity and embrace your inner interior designer – without committing to a complete decor overhaul – creating an accent wall (or two) in your home is at the top of many DIY-er’s to-do list.
To help you create the ultimate feature wall/s in your home, we’ve rounded up 15 exciting feature wall ideas to inspire your next home improvement project.
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- Add a pop of colour to your accent wall
- Go big with some statement wallpaper
- Make a TV feature wall
- Get smart with shelving
- Go for an exposed brick wall
- Play around with wood panels
- Curate an elegant gallery wall
- Tile your feature walls
- Decorating with wall stickers
- Take it outdoors with a garden wall
- Turn up the heat with a fireplace wall
- Grow your own living wall
- Turn built-in storage into an accent wall
- Put a mirror on it
So what is a feature wall? Simply put, it’s a wall that has qualities that make it stand out from the other walls in a room. Using contrast, colours, patterns, textures and even furniture pieces, you can direct the eye to a space that may have been overlooked and to add character or style to a room. It also gives us a chance to experiment with bold colours, striking patterns and mix-and-match artworks that would otherwise easily overwhelm the space.
But is it still fashionable to have a feature wall in your home? The answer is absolutely. Feature walls, thanks to their versatility and ability to add interest to the dullest of rooms, have cemented their place as another timeless trend that’s here to stay.
14 feature wall ideas for your home
One of the easiest – and most effective – feature wall ideas is to simply pick a wall and add a splash of paint to make it stand out from the rest of the room. It’s up to you whether your pop of colour is making a bright and bold statement or favours something a little more paired-back – and therein lies the appeal.
Another simple solution to DIY-ing an accent wall is to use statement wallpaper. Why? Because, whether you prefer minimalist designs or bold maximalist prints, there’s a wallpaper to suit every preference with a near infinite number of colours, styles, images and patterns to choose from.
Media walls convert the focal point of your living room – your TV – into an accent wall. You can do this by mounting your TV on a design-led TV stand (such as these ultra modern floating TV stands by Wallroom), which immediately draws your eyes to the area. You can also display the other components of your media set-up (gaming console and sound system) on wall-mounted display boxes or shelves to complete the look.
If a fresh coat of paint isn’t cutting it in the feature wall department, consider installing stylish floating shelves or wall-mounted display boxes as a way to draw attention to your wall. Not only will these shelves provide extra storage and add depth to the space but you can use them to display decorative items that will add a touch of character to your room.
Exposed brick is the poster child for industrial chic, and when it comes to industrial chic, it’s an interior design trend we can’t get enough of. Bring a taste of this perennially popular trend into your home by making exposed brick the base of your feature wall – whether you’ve got a bona fide exposed brick wall or a brick veneer.
The wonderful thing about a wood feature wall is that you have plenty of options to choose from. There’s the different types of wood and their respective shades, grains and textures, as well as different types of panelling, from elegant shiplap panelling to modern wood slats with geometric detailing. The best part? If you’re not a fan of the raw wood look, you can paint the panels.
Art never goes out of style, which is what makes gallery walls a timeless trend. Whether you prefer contemporary pieces or classical artworks in gilded frames, put on your gallerist gloves and curate a stylish living room or bedroom feature wall with a collection of your favourite artworks and pictures.
Tip: use different-sized and shaped artworks to give your gallery wall extra character.
Tiles come in a wonderful variety of colours, patterns and textures. This makes them an excellent choice for transforming a plain wall into a stylish feature in your home, whether it's an elegant blue backsplash for your kitchen feature wall, or a wall of patterned tiles to make your bath or shower stand out.
An easy and inexpensive way to decorate a feature wall is to add a wall sticker or decal. From trees and flowers, to dinosaurs, flamingos and even minimalist design patterns, these stickers come in a multitude of shapes, colours and sizes. The best part? They can be easily removed when you’d like to make a change.
If you think about it, a fireplace is already a feature in its own right, which is why it makes a great centrepiece for an accent wall. If you want to turn your fireplace into a feature wall, simply elevate the surrounding wall by adding a unique wallpaper, or giving it a textured exposed brick or wood panelled finish.
Plants bring a welcome splash of green that can completely revitalise a room, and a living wall turns things up a notch by making plants your focal point. All you’ll need to do is put up several wall-mounted display boxes, built-in or floating shelves on your wall and pile on the pot plants – just make sure you pick ones that are easy to care for.
There’s something inherently eye-catching about built-in shelving that stretches from the floor to the ceiling. Convert this point of interest into an accent wall by painting your shelves a unique colour, or filling them with a selection of art, picture frames, books, vases and other trinkets to make it stand out.
Mirrors are known as an interior designer’s secret weapon because they enhance a room’s natural light and give the illusion of space. They immediately draw the eye, which is why large mirrors – or multiple smaller mirrors in varying shapes and sizes – are a popular choice for feature walls.
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