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Feature Walls: What are they and how do they work?

Everyone loves a splash of colour in their home.  Something to liven up the space and bring in warmth.  But one of the big rookie mistakes is to take it too far.  If you saturate a room in a powerful colour, it can become overwhelming.  Instead of making a dramatic statement, you can end up with a space that doesn’t carry the impact you want.  At best, you can get an eyesore, and at worst, you can seriously cut into the resale value of your home.

One of the top tips from Sydney’s expert professional painters to add colour without going overboard is to use a feature wall.  The idea is simple.  Just choose one wall and paint it with a dramatic, exciting colour, while keeping the surrounding walls neutral.  This is especially helpful if you want to draw attention to an architectural feature like an oversized bay window or a fireplace.  This draws the attention to the area of the room you want to emphasise, while keeping the rest of the room balanced and smooth on the eye.  Another benefit is that, if you find the colours clash, you can fix the problem easily by simply repainting your feature wall.

Here are the main tips a professional residential painter will keep in mind when creating a feature wall:

1. Make sure to work with the natural focal point of the room.

Fireplaces and mantelpieces naturally draw the eye, so they are a great choice for feature walls.  Avoid walls with doors or typical windows, as this will reduce the impact.  Basically, walk into the room and look at it as if you were seeing it for the first time.  You want to punch up the colour on the wall that most catches your attention so it makes the room pop naturally.

2. Have fun with the colour!

In most cases, you want to choose neutral colours that are easy on the eye.  But with a feature wall, you can get creative.  When the other walls are a neutral colour, you can choose something dramatic that creates contrast.  This brings in depth and strengthens the impact of the room.  For a room painted in bright colours, go for a complementary colour, but make it a bit brighter or darker than the other walls.  If you’re not sure which colours work best together, you can always run your design options by a commercial painter for tips and suggestions.

3. Include Patterns.

If you’ve been itching to get more creative with your interior design, this is the perfect place to do it.  Instead of sticking with solid colours, consider adding a stripe pattern with harmonious colours.  Or, consider lace stencils.  Another simple and eye-catching idea is to use hand-drawn circles.  Any of these patterns will personalise your space and add to the room.

4. Work with the furniture.

This is one of the expert tips to making a feature wall work.  Placing your furniture strategically can help to emphasis your feature wall and set off the room.  In the bedroom, you might want to paint the wall at the head of the bed.  In the living room, you can place the sofa along the feature wall.  Try not to overdo it, though.  If you crowd the feature wall with too much furniture it can take away from the effect.  The goal is to bring attention to the best qualities of a room without making it overwhelming.

5. Have fun with it!

A feature wall is all about giving your home a personal touch.  It’s a great time to throw most of the rules out of the window and make your space a reflection of who you are.  So go ahead and be bold.  The best thing is that if it works out differently than you hoped, it’s a simple fix.

If you’d like to know more about colour selections, feature walls, or other painting tips for your home, feel free to contact us.  At J&E Kogan, we have more than 40 years of professional painting experience, and we’d love to help you get the most out of your residential, commercial, or strata paint job.

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