Want to wake up a dull room in a jiffy? Turn a plain wall into the focal point of the room by creating a feature wall. A feature wall is just that – A single wall that is featured with either paint, wallpaper, or some other type of display. Like an accent wall, a feature wall will add visual interest, texture, and color to any room. No matter what your budget or skill level, you can create a unique focal point with any of these 12 ideas for feature walls.
Choosing the wall to feature – For best results, select a wall that is free from windows and doorways. This will, in essence, provide you with a blank canvas to decorate around. If there is a fireplace in the middle of the wall, don’t worry; it may actually work to your advantage. If possible, select a wall that is not unusually long or tall, as shorter walls are easier to work with.
1. Wallpaper – Wallpaper is available in every color, pattern, and texture imaginable, and is a quick way to dress up a plain wall. There are even wallpaper patterns that resemble wood paneling, marble grain, sponge paint, and much more.
2. Fabric – A fabric wall is a unique alternative to wallpaper, but yields the same beautiful texture and pattern. Fabric is an elegant choice for a feature wall, and it can be easily changed or removed at a later date.
3. Faux finish– If you like the look of textured walls, a faux finish may be the best option for your feature wall. There are faux paint techniques that mimic the look of suede, marble, wood, brick, and much more.
4. Eclectic display – Like the eclectic wall displays at your favorite restaurant or bar? That same effect would look great at home, too! Arrange an assortment of shelves, ledges, and hooks to display a fun collection of personal items that suit your taste.
5. Mirrors – To decorate a feature wall in a small room, consider giving the illusion of a larger space with a mirrored display. Arrange several small mirrors vertically to elongate a short wall, or add a mix-match of same-colored framed mirrors all over the wall for a bold effect.
6. Plate display – Decorate a feature wall with collectible plates, heirloom china, or colorful trays and chargers. Plan the arrangement out beforehand for a finished look. Get more tips on displaying decorative plates.
7. Storage cubes – Combine functionality and a great look with a storage cube feature wall. Whether they’re hung individually, or as one complete unit, storage cubes make an impressive statement when grouped together. They’re also great for storing and displaying books, collectibles, and other small objects.
8. Wood panels – Decorate a feature wall with various colored wood panels of varying sizes. If the panels are made of different textures and thickness levels, all the better! To pull this look off on the cheap, use wood laminate tiles.
9. Photo wall – Create a picture gallery of your favorite family vacations and memories with a photo feature wall. Frame black-and-white photos in different size frames for a truly artful finish.
10. Kid’s wall – One of the easiest ideas for feature walls comes from your children. Turn them loose with children’s art supplies and see what they come up with. Children’s palms set in paint can make a unique wall border. Fingerprints transform into polka-dots. And your child’s personal artwork makes unforgettable family room décor.
11. Removable appliques – Removable appliques are available in all shapes, sizes, and styles. From simple words and phrases to oversized objects and scenes, appliques are the quickest way to dress up a room. Once you set them in place, they can be removed and repositioned without damage to the wall or applique.
12. CD collage – Here’s a fun idea for a teen’s bedroom. Turn one simple wall into a moving CD or DVD wall. Connect several sparkling CDs with wire or string, for a unique moving piece of art. If your teen is crafty, they can embellish the CDs with craft paint, beads, buttons and other objects.
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Dress up your home with faux painting
Fireplace decorating ideas for the mantel and beyond
Source: Personal experience