A feature wall is a fantastic way to add an instant wow factor to any room. Your walls provide a blank canvas for a huge range of colours and textures, but choosing what to use as a feature requires careful consideration and a delicate balance of dos and don’ts.

Though it’s a quick and easy approach to livening up your living space, getting the right mix of components is a potential minefield of interior design mistakes and mishaps. To guide you safely down the path of successful interior design, we’ve put together a handy list of feature wall tips for your home. 

Read on below for the I Love Wallpaper do’s and don’ts of feature walls. 

Feature Wall Do’s

Let’s start with the dos of making your feature wall work for your interior space: 

Find A Good Balance

Achieving the right balance is important, but it can be a delicate operation. Too little of one colour can mean it gets lost in the mix, while too much of another can be way too overpowering. That said, a 50/50 blend of colours can also look too artificial and a little “boring” for the eye. 

We recommend employing a 60/30/40 split between the components that make up your interior’s design, with 60% of space allowed for light colours, 30% for contrasting and darker colours and the remaining 10% to add in the little details and those all-important finishing touches. 

Seek Out Complementary Colours

It seems obvious, but this is an important rule that shouldn’t be overlooked. It pays to carry out some paint tests or try some wallpaper samples in your space, as well as some research to make sure that the colours (and patterns!) you use complement each other and don’t clash together. 

Accentuate Your Interior’s Space

A feature wall done well has the ability to define a specific space in your home, this technique is especially effective open plan areas or multi-use spaces where it can be a challenge separating one area of the room from another. 

Feature Wall Don’ts 

We’ve covered some of the main dos behind a successful feature wall, but what about the important points that you should avoid? Here are some of our main feature wall don’ts: 

Pick the Right Room

Feature walls don’t work for every room, especially concerning smaller rooms where it can feel a little claustrophobic, so consider the space that you have to play with before painting or papering. 

It’s important to remember the purpose of a feature wall; it’s there to highlight a space and bring the interior together – not to work against other aspects of the room and overpower it. 

Don’t Go Overboard

You can quickly get carried away while decorating, so be wary of overdoing it and rein in that enthusiasm. 

Plan everything out carefully and keep it as simple as you can, limiting your use of colours, patterns and materials in one room so as not to create confusion and chaos with other rooms. One handy tip towards achieving the right balance is creating a mood board of paint, wallpaper and materials you’re considering using. 

Don’t Forget to Factor in the Sun

One element that many people forget to consider is natural light. Sunshine can have a huge effect on how your interior looks at certain times of day, so make sure that you factor in sunlight when designing your feature wall. 

Check how the sunlight hits the room at different times, be conscious of potential bleaching from sunlight, as well as any mirrored objects that might reflect the light. Natural materials and plants absorb heat well, so bear this in mind when putting together a mood board or adding the finishing touches to your room. 


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