Feature Walls

In this week’s issue, our ‘Home Comforts’ pages focus on feature walls, a trend that reappears time and again. We asked My Interior Design School Design Director, Rachael for her opinion.

Well if you are just thinking about a painted chimney breast, then we have probably seen the last of that trend for a while. But…. there are lots of different ways to really create a ‘wow’ factor using one wall. So I’m going to say ‘yes’, they’re still in. Feature walls can look fabulous and I love them!

With that in mind, Rachael has put together some top tips and advice on how to get a stunning look to create a feature wall for your home.


To make a real impact, you could consider using one of the many over-sized wallpaper designs or wallpapers with no pattern repeat which are now readily available.

In this image, this floor-to-ceiling, dramatic print works really well set against the under-stated furniture. Note how the chairs and tables are placed, so they don’t obstruct the feature wall design.

Blackboard Paint

Paint can be a cost-effective option for a feature wall. In this image, blackboard paint has been used to make a feature of the lettering and message in this fun and inviting family dining area.


Pattern Repeats

If you choose wallpaper for your feature wall, do check for large pattern repeats; so the impact is not reduced by unsightly lines. Also consider where the design will finish.

This botanical print wallpaper works well against the natural wooden floor and a ‘matching’ real plant creates a cohesive look.


Industrial Style

What do you think of this industrial-feel feature wall? We think this is a strong style statement, using brick slip tiles and acts an interesting contrast against the soft furnishings and bedding.