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How to Create the Perfect Feature Wall

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With Summer sadly drawing to a close, now is the perfect time to prep your home for the upcoming Autumn season! If there are areas of your humble abode that are in need of a little TLC, yet you don’t want to make any serious alterations, you can create a room that feels completely different with a dramatic feature wall. With so many different options available to us, there’s no reason why you can’t produce a statement wall that reflects your individual style too. Let me run through the various ways in which your dream feature wall can be achieved.

There are many benefits to incorporating a feature wall within a design scheme; it can add detail and a sense of individuality to an otherwise neutral colour scheme, has the ability to add warmth to a minimalist design scheme and can also be used to draw attention to a particular feature in a room.

Originating from the Victorian era, resurging in the 1970’s and making a massive comeback in recent years, the wonders of wallpaper can play a major role in the creation of a gorgeous feature wall. There’s certainly a vast offering of new and exciting patterns, textures and designs available nowadays, so you can really let your imagination run wild!

With feature walls, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Not only is taking this approach easier on the pocket, but confining your print to one wall will help you to create an alluring focal point that gives the room meaning and also a theme that can be worked around. Whilst complex patterns and a mix of colours would look overpowering if hung on all four walls, when it comes to creating a feature wall, the bolder the better! With the same basic principle in mind, an individual result can be achieved. Whether it’s the latest monochrome trend that’s got you excited, or if you have fallen in love with punchy florals, there’s sure to be a design out there that you’ll love.

Fortunately, if wallpaper isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other ways you can create a unique feature wall in your home. The most obvious alternative is paint and with such an array of colours available to choose from (let’s not forget, many specialists also offer a colour matching service), there’s sure to be the exact shade you’re after. Colour blocking is really fashionable at the moment, and using one bold shade on a wall is a great way of incorporating the trend into your home.

No longer gracing only bathrooms or kitchens, tiles are now being seen in more and more rooms in the home, in fact, they are ideal for living areas where neutral colours are predominant. I’m really drawn towards Moroccan inspired designs at the moment because of the colours and patterns that are incorporated into this style. Think sea blues, terracotta and sandy shades, mixed with delicate, detailed pattern that’s been inspired by Moroccan architecture and landscapes. Textured tiles in rich colours will also look fantastic, as they will offer any room a generous helping of warmth and character or alternatively, mosaic tiles have an equally appealing effect when used throughout the home too. It’s just a matter of experimenting and not being afraid to break the rules. For an ultra glamorous look, use glimmering mosaic tiles to cover the chimney breast. Not only will this create a fantastic focal point, you can accessorize around your colour choice, ensuring a consistent theme re-occurs throughout.

Feature walls are also great for replacing art work or visual aids that usually hang in certain areas of the home. Hallways for instance can benefit massively from housing a feature wall. The use of textured tiles, a bold shade of colour, or beautiful patterned wallpaper running adjacent to the stairway will generate interest and a positive energy that can be enjoyed as soon as you enter the property.

These tried and tested methods will encourage your creativity to flow effortlessly, resulting in a look that is truly unique and reflective of your individual style preferences. My one overriding piece of advice would be to remember that less is quite often more and with feature walls, this is definitely the case. Stick to no more than one or two walls in the house for a powerful but not overpowering effect. As long as you stick to these simple guidelines, there’s very little that can go wrong. Just remember to have fun with the design, be adventurous and release your inner ‘designer’.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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