Wonderwall: top tips for feature walls

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2017

A feature wall can add a splash of fun to a child's playroom

A feature wall can add a splash of fun to a child's playroom


Add a splash of colour or a hint of creativity to your rooms by installing an artistic feature wall

Feature walls can fit in anywhere: chimney breasts, walls behind beds, dining tables and sofas are popular locationsFeature walls can fit in anywhere: chimney breasts, walls behind beds, dining tables and sofas are popular locations

Creating a feature wall can add depth and character to your room; whether it’s a living wall, a splash of colour or a vibrant wallpaper, there’s something for everyone when it comes to creating a wonderwall. Here’s five top tips for feature walls.

Fitting in

You can create a feature wall with colour and/or a pattern, even texture, in pretty much any room - chimney breasts, alcoves and walls behind beds, dining tables and sofas usually work well - but not all rooms have a suitable wall. If not, you can create a horizontal feature on all four walls by using wallpaper or a different colour paint between a room’s picture rail and cornicing, between the picture rail and dado rail, or between the dado rail and skirting board.

Stunning stripes

Painted stripes look fab on a feature wall, but are fiddly, time-consuming and often frustrating to do properly. You’ll need to use low-tack masking tape for adjoining stripes, and try a tester piece of tape first in case it’s not as low tack as it claims to be. Alternatively, do freehand ‘rough’ stripes with a paintbrush or roller and no tape - it’s much easier, but more of an acquired taste.

Paper me perfect

Wallpaper is popular for feature walls - if you want stripes the easy way, buy a striped design. A feature wall enables you to enjoy patterned wallpaper without it overpowering the room or making it look too busy. It works best if you tie one or more of the colours in the wallpaper in to the rest of room. So, for example, if the other walls are white, a wallpaper on the feature wall with white in it should bring the look together. Murals are similar to wallpaper, but usually depict a scene (a beach, cityscape, mountains, etc) or a large-scale design, such as a map, rather than a more conventional pattern. Unlike wallpaper, which can be hung on as many or few walls as you like, a mural is usually designed to be used on just one feature wall.

Practical play

Feature walls can be practical as well as pretty. You could have a tiled feature wall in a bathroom or shower room (using mosaic or glass tiles, for example) and a chalkboard feature wall in a kitchen or playroom. Chalkboard paints are available in different colours, so the wall doesn’t have to be black. If you’d prefer something less permanent, how about a chalkboard sticker? Wall stickers in general are fantastic for feature walls because they come in lots of different designs, colours and sizes.

Take it outside

You can also create a feature wall outdoors. Masonry paint comes in a wide range of colours, so why not do something creative if you have a wall or walls in your garden? Sandtex does a range specifically for this called Sandtex Feature Wall Smooth Masonry Paint, which includes Evening Shadow (£18.91 for 2.5ltr, B&Q), a gorgeous dark grey.

How to tip

If you have an exposed brick wall and it isn’t to your taste, painting it will update it for a fraction of the cost of having it plastered. White, black or grey go with most things, but for a striking feature, opt for a bright colour and keep the other colours in the room neutral.

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