Update Your Home With A Feature Wall


Erismann Botanical Leaf Jungle Wallpaper, Green

If you want to give your home a statement look without spending a fortune, an accent wall might be just what you’re after. We asked Alex Whitecroft, head of design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk, to share her advice on creating an impactful, on-trend feature using wallpaper…

Why create a feature wall?

Feature walls are still a huge trend in interiors, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great way to inject colour, pattern and personality into a room, without too much time and cost.

Papering one wall with a statement paper can quickly transform a room, and you don’t have to be a design expert to achieve great results!

Which wall?

The first step to a feature wall is selecting the best wall to cover and these four easy steps should make it an easy choice:

1.Find a focus

The ideal position for a feature wall is where people naturally focus their attention. Often this is opposite the doorway – the first wall they see on entering the room.

Think about where the eye is drawn. Is there a natural focal point? If so, that’s the best wall to showcase wallpaper.

Arthouse County Check Wallpaper, Yellow

Arthouse County Check Wallpaper, Yellow

2.Play to strengths

It’s important to think about what currently works well in the room (and what doesn’t).

If there’s a fireplace or mantel already demanding attention, a feature wall can be used to exaggerate this – similar to how a picture frame sets off a work of art.

Conversely, if a wall is particularly busy i.e. with windows, alcoves and radiators these elements will compete with the wallpaper, interrupting the design and leaving less surface area for pattern.  It’s also harder to apply the paper around these architectural features.

3.Lay the room out for impact

Arthouse Summer Garden Wallpaper - Charcoal

Arthouse Summer Garden Wallpaper in Charcoal

How furniture is laid out within the room is another consideration – a statement piece of furniture might benefit from a feature wall behind it to draw attention to that area.

Beware falling into the trap of overcrowding a feature wall with furniture and accessories or it will feel cluttered and confusing.

4.Light and shade

A dark feature wall in a gloomier part of the room will be covered by shadows, obscuring the wallpaper design, as can harsh light coming in through a window.

For optimum light conditions choose a wall that enjoys a balance of natural light.

Accent wallpaper – which to choose and how to apply it

“There isn’t really a bad wallpaper for a feature wall, it’s really down to personal preference and the kind of look homeowners are trying to achieve,” says Alex Whitecroft, head of design at www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk.

“When choosing a patterned paper think about the size of the room in relation to the scale of the design.  An oversized print can overpower smaller room, where ditzy designs can get lost in larger spaces.

“Murals work brilliantly as accent walls – beach views and cityscapes creating a real room with a view.

“Geometrics are another effective feature wall design – available in varying scales for impact and a retro vibe.

Arthouse Painted Dahlia Wallpaper - Raspberry

Arthouse Painted Dahlia Wallpaper in Raspberry

Be brave with colour but match the remaining walls to one of the tones in the paper.  This will tie the scheme together.  Or why not try combining two complementary wallpapers within a space?

“There are some brilliant hyper-realistic wood, brick and stone effect wallpapers and when using these there is scope to include more accessories to dress the wall, as the design won’t fight for attention.

“Or why not jazz up the ‘fifth’ wall by applying wallpaper or colour to the ceiling?”

Why not decorate your "fifth" wall? Muriva Eton Geometric Wallpaper - Black

Why not decorate your “fifth” wall? Muriva Eton Geometric Wallpaper, Black

Need more inspiration? Here’s our pick of the best…

Arthouse Elephant Grove Wallpaper - Charcoal

Arthouse Elephant Grove Wallpaper, Charcoal

 

Arthouse Painted Dahlia Wallpaper - Heather

Arthouse Painted Dahlia Wallpaper – Heather

 

Erismann Graphic Arts Wallpaper - blue

Erismann Graphic Arts Wallpaper, Blue

 

Erismann Japanese Garden - Red

Erismann Japanese Garden, Red

 

Arthouse Desire Faux Leather Cushioned Wallpaper - Black

Arthouse Desire Faux Leather Cushioned Wallpaper, Black

 

Arthouse Foil Slate Wallpaper, Silver

Arthouse Foil Slate Wallpaper, Silver

 

Tribal Motif Wallpaper

Tribal Motif Wallpaper

 

Erismann Tree Effect Wallpaper, Grey White

Erismann Tree Effect Wallpaper, Grey White

 

Grandeco Botanical Tropical Leaves Wallpaper - Blue Green

Grandeco Botanical Tropical Leaves Wallpaper, Blue Green

 

Holden Decor Shimmering Geo Wallpaper , Teal

Holden Decor Shimmering Geo Wallpaper, Teal

 

Holden Decor Sparkle Star Wallpaper, Blue

Holden Decor Sparkle Star Wallpaper, Blue

 

 Muriva Buff Slate Embossed Wallpaper, Grey

Muriva Buff Slate Embossed Wallpaper, Grey

 

Muriva Quadra Stone Wallpaper, Charcoal

Muriva Quadra Stone Wallpaper, Charcoal

 

Rasch Tile Effect Wallpaper, Blue

Rasch Tile Effect Wallpaper, Blue

 

Rasch Casablanca Trellis Metallic Wallpaper, White

Rasch Casablanca Trellis Metallic Wallpaper, White

All of these wallpapers are available from www.iwantwallpaper.co.uk.

 

Allison Hay

I joined the My Weekly team nine years ago, and I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazine. I manage the digital content for the brand, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters. I also work for Your Best Ever Christmas - perfect as it's my favourite time of year!