We want our homes to speak for us. We want it to reflect our tastes and personal styles. One of the best ways of achieving this is to create feature walls. Feature walls make bold design statements in the house. They can be located at any point inside the house but should produce a large impact, so playful and creative mixes of colours, patterns, textures, and tones are important for a feature wall to work. This can be done by selecting the right wallpapers, decors, and accessories.
But before you begin buying stuffs and splashing paints onto your walls, ask yourself first – why do I need a feature wall?
To draw focus
Feature walls, if done properly, can create a big wow factor. Yes, we all want people to have beautiful and lasting impressions of our homes. Whether we go classic and traditional or electric and lively, we want our guests to remember and distinguish our homes from others they have seen.
A feature wall can certainly accomplish this. With striking and unique blasts of colours and decor, eyes will instantly be drawn to the feature wall in the room. Instead of being scattered around the room, they will crowd in one corner as they let their amazement and admiration sink in. Whether we place it in the living room, behind the bed, or at the dining area, the feature wall speaks for itself.
To create visual illusions
A feature wall can easily manipulate a space. It can create depth and dimensions through artistic layering of different patterns. If you opt for prints and canvas, the feature wall can take you places and create different vibes, like an idyllic stroll along a beach, a wild safari adventure, and a peaceful afternoon coffee break in a European café. If you have a large area, you can add a feature wall to divide the space.
To cover up flaws
A feature wall is also a great way to compensate for some architectural imperfections in your house. Such flaws can’t be helped sometimes, such as the changes in the wall level, weird curves and surfaces, and loss of symmetry and balance. To create a distraction, you can hide these defects by transforming that area into a feature wall, with floral wallpapers or prints of skyscrapers on uneven walls. If this strategy will only create more chaos, place your feature on a clean wall. In this way, people will be drawn on the feature wall and will not be bothered by the incongruities of the room.
A feature wall can also create a equilibrium among mismatched furniture and fixtures in the room. A large mural on the feature wall can easily tie together wooden pieces, pendant lights, and antique vases. If properly done, it can take your visitors to another dimension.
It is crucial to properly select each element so that your feature wall can effectively realise your goals. Make your feature wall a showpiece and a head-turner. It should create a beautiful contrast with the rest of the room, like bold colours, exceptional patterns, or imposing prints and murals against a general backdrop. All the other pieces and elements should also complement, such as the tables and chairs, vases, shelves, lightings, and many other fixtures.
When Not to Create Feature Walls?
When you are second-guessing
Feature walls are bold statements and only the brave ones can achieve the best effects. Designing a room can demand so much energy, time and resources. If you are not up to the challenge of giving these things to the project, you may as well forget about it. If you cannot wholeheartedly embrace the concept, leave the room as is.
Fully accept the idea and do not entertain discouragements and anxieties. Once you begin believing in yourself, your artistic juices will just flow, and you can truly express your individuality and style in the feature wall. If you are still in doubt, ask for expert advice – speak to an interior designer if you have to.
When the room is already beautiful
It makes no sense to add a feature wall that will only ruin the balance and beauty of the room. Feature walls are strong and striking but they should not throw off the proportions of the room and the harmony of everything already in it. For example, a feature wall may be a bad idea if the room already has a spotlight, such as well-fabricated French windows, a large breath-taking piece of art, antique furniture sets, and many others.
When it is not necessary after all
Do not create a feature wall for the sake of doing it. You can still make a statement of yourself in the house in many other ways. You can simply create a gallery wall to feature your favourite photos and images. To bring impact, you can install huge and lovely lighting fixtures or place intricately-designed furniture pieces. This way, you can still create statements without sacrificing a good wall.