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Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring designs which might surprise you!

Here at My Interior Design School we are often asked about the latest interior design trends. What’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’? And invariably the subject of ‘feature walls’ comes up.

We asked our Design Director, Rachael for her opinion and here’s what she said:

Well if you are just thinking about a painted chimney breast, then we have probably seen the last of that trend for a while. But …. there are lots of different ways to really create a ‘wow’ factor using one wall. So I’m going to say ‘yes’. Feature walls can look fabulous and I love them!

With that in mind, Rachael has put together some top tips and advice on how to get a stunning look to create a feature wall for your own home or when you’re designing for clients.

Wallpaper a Feature Wall

Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring design ideas which might surprise you!

To make a real impact, you could consider using one of the many over-sized wallpaper designs or wallpapers with no pattern repeat which are now readily available.

In the case of this charming bird design, the stylist has taken care to not lose too much of the design with a considered choice of furniture.

This feature wall has also defined the area for a home-based office.

If you choose wallpaper for your feature wall, do check for large pattern repeats; so the impact is not reduced by unsightly lines. Also consider where the design will finish.

Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring design ideas which might surprise you!

The wallpaper in this image of mountains has been framed, which can be a good option too, to ensure the size and proportions of the feature are just right and to overcome a ceiling which is not level.  

Paint a Feature Wall

Paint can be a cost-effective option for a feature wall. In this image, blackboard paint has been used to make a feature of the lettering and message in this fun and inviting family dining area.

Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring design ideas which might surprise you!

To be ‘on trend’ and to create a really striking look – opt for paint colours from a dark or moody colour palette, rather than a bright and vibrant range.

Industrial Feel Feature Wall

Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring design ideas which might surprise you!

What do you think of this industrial-feel feature wall?

I think this strong style statement using brick slip tiles works well set against the soft furnishings and bedding.

Textured tiles with a bold design, a geometric pattern or a strong texture as seen here, can be a fabulous way to add interest to an otherwise unremarkable wall.

Online Interior Design Courses

Feature Wall Ideas – inspiring design ideas which might surprise you!

What do you think of our student’s ideas for a feature wall? 

Mood boards are just one of the many skills we teach in our online interior design courses at My Interior Design School.

Here you can see how our student has taken the 1950s as her starting point for a look.

By putting together her design ideas, colour swatches, fabric samples and inspirational images she was able to see how her overall room scheme might look. It also proved a useful way of looking at her proportions of colour and in this case, the impact that a feature wall would have within the room.

Have you been tempted to create a feature wall?

Will you now consider using an over-sized wallpaper or paint?

Or perhaps you’ve already created a feature wall for a client?

Do share your ideas and photos on our social media channels – we’d love to see those feature walls.

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