When you consider the feature wall it is obvious that for a long time it was simply a way inject the colour you were too afraid to use on every wall or have some wallpaper that you could just about afford if you restricted its usage, the latter I am still doing as my wallpaper tastes and my bank balance do not correlate. Those reasons for a feature wall are all fine and dandy but it has evolved as we have discovered that it is way to inject a design edge, delineate space and visually portray some personality in your space.
Think about using colour to delineate spaces within a room. This is especially useful in a multi purpose room and let’s face it we don’t live in mansions so that covers most rooms.
Children’s rooms are some of the worst offenders when it comes to having multiple identities. Sleep space, study space, chill out space, creative space, crazy play space. Clever use of colour can really help. It might seem to those who have been fearful of colour in the past that filling an already confused area with different colours will be an awful idea but in fact when executed with confidence highlighting different areas of a room as something in particular will remove visual clutter and help it feel larger and more usable.
A feature wall can serve a real practical function as well as being decorative. If you have a child that keeps drawing on the wall and repeatedly saying no is leaving you feeling like you are banging your head on said defaced wall try something else. Try giving them a dedicated wall to express themselves on.
You don’t have to dedicate an entire wall just part of it and your chalkboard wall can be almost any colour you can imagine.
Of course you could go all out and create magic, this is a great way of realising a fantasy from a favourite book for a child’s room. If you are not an artist you can look into wall stickers there are some very good one’s out now and places that will print up custom stickers. You don’t have to stick them on a plain wall, try colour blocking then applying the stickers for a more professional designed look.
With the creation of frog tape we no longer are limited, even the most unsteady hand can create interesting shapes and create walls that look like they have fallen out of the pages of a design magazine.
You don’t have to limit your bold painted walls and colur choices to your kiddos rooms they work just as well in grown up spaces. This look does not have to be expensive, in fact your colour blocks can use tester pots, it just has to be a considered colour palette.
If cool pastels are not your thing and you want a more classic look whilst still remaining edgy and want the world to know you are fully embracing the metamorphosis of the feature wall you can use your painters tape to make a bold dark band in a room, we can’t all be Abigail Ahern.
Delineating spaces works for grown ups as well as kiddos and is a great way to turn your room from decorated to designed.
A colour block that matches the shelves creates amazing impact to a utilitarian space.
If you do decide to have a wallpapered feature wall give it extra edge by taking a colour from the paper and using it to highlight areas around the room.
So armed with painters tape, the various paint types and multitude of colours available the only thing holding you back from turning yourself from a decorator to a designer is confidence. My advice is go for it. And when you do share it in the comments below.