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Feature walls act as a focal point of a room, they draw the eye and allow you to use a splash of a daring colour or texture you would never use on a larger scale. While choosing the right paint can enhance the quality, durability and feel of the walls and ceilings, there is an array of other materials you can use to create the ultimate look for your home.
Be inspired by some of our favourite and unique feature wall designs and try them out in your own home!
A touch of timber
Add warmth to a simple colour palette instantly with the use of a wood feature wall. Choose something similar to your flooring to create unity, or try something different to make it really stand out. Creating a wooden feature wall behind your TV is a great way to enhance what should be the focal point of your living room. You can even try it on the ceiling!
Transform your wall with tantalising tiles
A rising trend in home design is the use of a feature tile in your bathroom or ensuite. Trying a different or coloured tile is a great way to break up the monotony that can occur in a bathroom. Whether it appears as a strip under your mirror or a complete wall, feature tiles add a new dimension to the room.
The non-committal wall decal
Unwilling to commit to a feature wall? Why not try wall decal. Decals are giant vinyl stickers that come in a range of different colours, styles and shapes to help create a unique space in your home. Marketed as easy to install and easy-to-remove, you can find almost any shape or picture you desire with this rising home décor trend.
The perfect paint for a traditional approach
Sometimes, nothing beats a good old painted feature wall. Whether you want to create subtle shading or a bold statement, a good feature wall will provide layer and depth to your home. Test your chosen colour on an inconspicuous area and examine it in the morning, afternoon and evening light, as well as under artificial globes before committing.
What’s your favourite kind of feature wall? Let us know in the comments below!
“Feature walls, as in one wall picked out in a room, really are a thing of the past,” Haymes Paint Colour and Concept Manager Wendy Rennie said.
What is on the rise is the method of ‘colour blocking’.
“Colour blocking allows you to layer colour through a home where a few rooms are treated differently, so some are lighter and darker in tone depending on the space, but essentially the whole room is one colour instead of one wall,” Wendy said.
“Then, other colours from soft furnishing and materials can inject colour in many different and interesting ways.”
Colour blocking allows you to add layer and depth to your home. It can add a beautiful flow, and creates subtle, seamless boundaries.
The main ‘rule’ when selecting the paint for your home is to avoid using a colour in a room that isn’t appropriate for the space.
A perfect example of this is to really think about how the space is going to be used. If it is a calming and relaxing area, head towards soft blues, browns or greens. If you are going to be entertaining you may want more of an energetic feel, so look at your reds, oranges and yellows.
Keep in mind that darker colours will generally make a room feel smaller, while lighter colours will make it seem larger.
“Lighter colour in living areas and open plan designs can really help make the space feel more diverse,” Wendy said. “Alternatively for second living areas or bedrooms where you prefer a more intimate feel a darker tone can really help make the room feel cosier and more inviting.”
Wendy loves the use of a monochromatic palette.
“Start with a lighter colour then progressively use darker colours through various rooms of the house as you go,” she said. “It creates a fantastic a beautiful flow throughout, adding layers and depth.”
Another key aspect of colour blocking is utilising the colours of your furnishings.
Cushions, rugs, décor and furniture can all be purchased in bright, bold colours and patterns to inject colour and create a truly beautiful space. You can also choose complementary colours for a more subtle look.
For more colour advice for your home, visit Haymes Paint here.