6 Ways to Create the Ultimate Feature Wall in Your Luxury Home

Jayde Ferguson


If your home is lacking a little liveliness and colour, a feature wall can be the perfect way to add character to the space. Within a neutral colour scheme, a feature wall injects a good dose of personality and excitement without overpowering the rest of the room. For homeowners that aren’t too comfortable with committing to a bold shade throughout the house, it’s a good opportunity to be colour adventurous and spice things up – without going to overboard.

On a regular basis, neutral walls do make sense- especially if you’re looking to sell your home.  But, it defiantly doesn’t hurt to make a statement every now and then. Whether you’re moving into a brand new luxury home or you’ve simply had it with an outdated space, a feature wall is the perfect alternative to a full (and expensive) makeover. We check out the hottest tips to create a piece that best reflects your style, personality and home design.

1. Location, Location, Location!

The aim of a feature wall is to add interest and energy to a room. It’s a focal point - a wall or a space that is worth highlighting thus, it’s essential you choose the right wall. The best way to do this is by choosing a wall that holds the most focus in a room or the wall where your eye is naturally drawn to, for example the wall behind the bedhead in the bedroom.

Walls that have windows and doors should be avoided as this can take the focus away from the overall effect and break the flow of colour. Smaller walls are generally better than larger ones so the feature wall isn’t too domineering but be careful not to go too small as this will just look cluttered. If there’s any architectural design elements, like a fireplace or interesting angle you want to highlight this can be the perfect deciding point for your feature wall.  Ultimately, the living room and bedroom tends to be the best ones to showcase and will help to create a defined area in a multi-functional space.

2. Colour vs. Texture

Depending on the overall look you want to achieve, colour and texture can be combined to create a layered effect or used individually. Colour schemes will create a big impact and can be matched with accessories and furniture in the space like the rug, couches or any paintings. If you’re stuck on what colours to go for you can be inspired by existing décor items in your home.

Bold and vibrant colours like reds, oranges, yellows and blues work well in high traffic areas, for example the living room or entry. Generally, more subtle tints are preferred for the retreat areas like the bedroom so opt for cooler, calmer colours here. If you do like the idea of something a little more daring, like the reds, you can tone it down a few shades for the bedroom.

For a feature wall with more definition, texture can offer an interesting twist to a bland space. Consider using materials like natural stone or create a mosaic tile effect for something a little more Mediterranean. 


3. Lighting Essentials

Because colours can vary dramatically under different lights, it’s essential these variations aren’t overlooked and experimented with. Play around with the hues at various times of the day including first thing in the morning and at night. The perfect shade of yellow you found works well throughout daylight, may look the complete opposite in the evening. Both daylight and artificial lighting will have an effect on your colour choices so be sure to experiment with both by using a piece of A3 paper painted in the colour.

4. Paint isn’t Your Only Option

Feature walls provide the best opportunity to get those creative juices flowing and think outside the box. Paint is simply one alternative out of many, it’s up to you how artistic you want to get! Wallpaper has made its way back to “trendy”… and no; I don’t mean the array of brown outdated prints you’re associating with your grandmother’s home! Think bold, bright colours – as a feature wall, the right wallpaper can look fantastic.

There’s also the options to create your own retro mural with colours that pop, or a storage feature wall where it doesn’t just look great, but serves a convenient purpose as well. A feature wall can also be defined through a montage of photo frames with rows of your favourite snaps mounted to the wall, or opt for wall stickers which come in a huge variety of styles.


5. Colour Tricks

Different colours have different personalities and can really change the dynamics of the space. In theory, darker more dramatic colours will make the feature wall appear closer and create a space that’s intimate. Alternatively, lighter hues will offer a more spacious feel.

If you want the space to feel taller, vertical stripes painted on a feature wall can do the trick. If the room appears too tall, you can opt for horizontal stripes to square out the room. Consider the mood you want to define in the space and how the colour scheme will reflect this. Hues like yellows, reds and oranges tend to provide an ambience of warmth whilst cooler colours like blues and greens will create a more soothing effect. If the space is prone to dark corners or feels too gloomy, use mirrors or spotlights to bring more light in and balance the mood.

6. Colour Blocks

If you’re caught between being adventurous with a mosaic feature wall and a simple splash of vibrant colour, then colour blocking can be an ideal medium to meet in the middle. Imagination is the only limitation when it comes to colour block and the inspiration options are endless.

Use colour blocking to create a simple and sophisticated look, or use shapes and a variety of colours to influence the look. The easiest technique to use is to paint subtle colour blocking patterns, for example create stripes on the wall in a shade or sheen just slightly different from one another. For more of a punch in the design, opt for contrasting colours or colours that are side by side on the colour wheel with different shapes.


Author Bio

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Emerald Park Estate - part of Cedar Woods, an award winning property developer. Emerald Park Private Estate offers some of the best land for sale in Wellard.