Feature walls are often an amazing alternative to simply painting or wallpapering your walls. They are designed expressly to make a statement – they can even give a room or space an additional ‘wow’ factor. You can use them to unify a room’s different elements, and when you target one wall in your space and make it a feature wall, either with different materials or different colors of paint and textures, you can transform the atmosphere and ambiance of a room and make it look more appealing and interesting.
But the big question is, how do you design and choose a feature wall? What do you need to consider in order to have the best feature wall for your home or business space? More than a few dos and don’ts come to mind, so here’s how to choose the best feature wall.
The first thing you need to do when thinking of and designing a feature wall is the space where you will place it. Is the space large, or do you need to work with a smaller space? Sometimes all you need for the space is mirrors – mirrors make a small space look larger. Meanwhile, you can use a feature wall for larger spaces to help divide the space/room into different segments.
Keep in mind that now is not the time to be timid! After all, you are thinking of a feature wall – why not do something you have always wanted to do, like use brighter and bolder colors, or go for a wild wall pattern you’ve always been attracted to but hesitated using because it was too much? The good thing about feature walls is that you can always tear them down or repaint them and re-do them to your liking.
One example of a great feature wall is one made from brick slips – an alternative to actual brick walls. They are easy to install and look authentic (complete with the brick texture), so they will undoubtedly add character and personality to your wall. The point is not to be afraid to take risks because if for any reason, you don’t like it or it doesn’t work well with the space, you can always re-do it.
- Give it a special use or function
Just because it’s a feature wall doesn’t mean you can no longer use it or give it a function. On the contrary, you can also use the feature wall, particularly if you lack space. For instance, you can use the wall (or part of the wall) as a blackboard or put up some shelving to serve as storage areas. The feature wall doesn’t all have to be about aesthetics – it can also be a functional feature.
- It’s best not to use too much
You can offset the room or space’s design when you utilize too many textures or materials. Sometimes, a simple brick wall or drywall can make all the difference you need. When designing your feature wall, it’s best to have three (or fewer than three) colors on the wall and make sure they complement each other and other colors in the room or space.
You should also think about the room or space’s night and day cycles and consider using natural materials and colors that absorb or retain heat.
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