I get asked a lot what is my opinion on feature walls. Some designers say they’re passé, others embrace them. There is so much noise about what you should or shouldn’t do regarding this topic, it’s crazy. I always remind my clients that design is such a subjective discipline that technically there’s no right or wrong as long as you feel comfortable with it.
Personally I’m all for feature walls. If done correctly, apart from being game changers they are also great conversation starters. I want to show you two examples of how I work with feature walls so even you can have them in your home and decorate around them with confidence.
- MAKE YOUR FEATURE WALL PART OF THE ROOM
To do it right, feature wall needs to be integrated into the space so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Pull the colours out and translate them into cushions, window treatment, art or rug.
- WORK WITHIN YOUR COLOUR PALETTE
Choose your 4 core colours and stick to them no matter what. Add lighter tones or darker shades if necessary but always work with your chosen colour palette.
- BLEND IN YOUR FEATURE WALL WITH PATTERN & TEXTURE
If your feature wall has a floral wallpaper, balance it out with striped cushion in similar colour palette. If you have a geometric wallpaper, balance it out with textured or patterned fabric i.e. ikat on cushions, window treatment, rugs and other textiles in your room.
- WORK WITH SCALE
Balance your patterns with scale and represent each of them in different sizes. Remember no group can have two lead singers and so your space shouldn’t have two elements fighting for attention in the same way. Our brain can take only so much before we feel stressed and uncomfortable. If you don’t know how to approach this step, I wrote about it in my Project nursery proposal where I showed exactly how I mix patterns.
Have you got a friend who is planning to redecorate their home? Share this article with them and help them do it the right way.
Also, make sure you come back on Thursday, I’ll be sharing with you the part 2. of my “Makeover your bedroom within a day” mini-series. Here’s part 1., if you missed it.
See you then!