The Eight Rules for Creating a Feature Wall
If you’re looking to give your bedroom a facelift, your hallway a touch-up, or your sitting room a new look, then a feature wall may be just the DIY project you need.
Easy to do, low cost, and a great exercise in creativity, wallpapering a stretch of your room is the perfect way to transform a space without making structural changes or shelling out on furniture or artwork.
To find out how to take a room from unimaginative to striking in less than half a day, read on for the eight top tips on how to create a feature wall in your home.
1. Plan and position
Before you even choose your wallpaper, decide where you’d like your feature wall to be. This will depend on just how striking or dominant a feature you’re looking for. You could go for the chimney breast or a headboard area if you don’t want it to be to overpowering or are choosing a particularly bold design; for less extreme patterns or for a really striking effect, choose an almost-empty wall space that has no windows to break the design.
Before papering, always ensure that the surface is clean and clear of any blemishes. Fill and sand any pockmarks or holes and give the whole area a good clean.
If you have existing décor in the room that you’re trying to respect, then make sure that the pattern you choose ties in with it in some way. If you’re going for an eclectic look, it doesn’t have to ‘match’ with the style of the room, but some common colours, a shared picture, pattern or shape, or the same subject can be ways of tying the room together.
You need to make sure that your feature wall fits in with the rest of the room. But you also need to make sure that it is, actually, a feature, and not just a bland addition. Look for papers that have some element of contrast with the rest of the décor to ensure that the eye is drawn to the wall.
Feature walls are typically not large areas, so it’s worth investing in quality materials to make sure the finish is good. Purchase decent wallpaper paste, a good brush, and high-quality wallpaper that will look good and stand the test of time.
Don’t forget that you’re not limited to run-of-the-mill wallpaper. Consider old maps, interesting newspapers, a decoupage collage affair, or even artificial grass, if you’re looking for a really eccentric effect. Posters are a great way of creating a feature wall in a child’s room.
Try not to clutter the area in front of your feature wall; you want it to stand out, not get confused with a whole range of furniture and ornaments that are arranged in front of it.
If it’s your first time papering a wall, it’s worth getting a more experienced friend in or at least watching several YouTube videos to get some idea of how it’s done. Take your time and try and be meticulous about hanging the paper straight, aligning the pattern and avoiding bubbles and creases.