Top 15 Tips You Should Consider for Feature Wall Painting

Tip 1: The 60-30-10 Rule
You have have to visualise the space before you starting painting. When deciding on a feature wall, it is important to understand that colour can add harmony and balance to your interior decor.

60 % of your wall space needs to emphasise brightness and spaciousness; 30 % should contrast the lightness with a darker or deeper colour; 10 % of the remaining space should then go for detailing and accentuation. This 10 % is your feature wall, or the ‘exclamation point’ of your interior space.

Tip 2: Picking a Solid wall

The wall you choose for the feature paint need not always be the most eye-catching in the entire room. A solid, strong wall is always your go-to. Avoid doors and windows. However, do consider how the light from the windows fall on the walls during daylight, this could be a great effect on your feature wall.

Tip 3: Long vs Short of it

In a more rectangular or longer room, the farthest short wall can be the feature wall. A strong feature paint colour will make the room cosy and shorten the length of the room. A long wall centred with feature wall painting can likewise make the room feel visually longer. Depending on your choice, it is best to generate the feeling you want in the room. Of course, do not paint shared walls as feature walls since the room begins to feel disproportionate.

Tip 4: Highlight Your Room’s Best

It is always better to have your feature wall highlighting an already existing focal point of the room. This can be a painting, a fireplace, a mantelpiece or a bed’s headboard. The clear focus is on the focal point, allowing harmony and reducing competition for decor attention. If you do not have any pre-existing eye candy in the room, you can make the feature wall the display centre of a new focal point. This could mean that the feature wall also highlights a wonderful collection of framed photos, or a unique piece of furniture.

It works both ways: the feature wall highlights and/or can be highlighted by several decor or sentimental elements of the room.

Tip 5: Eliminate Competition

It is not important to have a feature wall in every room. You can narrow down your feature walls in rooms where there will be no aesthetic competition from adjacent walls or other interior decor settings. It is important to not overwhelm the space with too much going on.

Tip 6: Colour Combinations

Feature walls are classically darker colours. This provides an organic highlight to the room. For novices, it is easier to pick a colour 2 shades darker than the rest of the room. This harmonizes with the adjacent walls and creates that classic look, without being too challenging.

If you do not want the same colour, think about the dominant decor colour of your room. For example, your curtains are pink, a deep hue of pink can definitely be your feature wall colours. However, you do not want your feature wall to match to your curtains to your chairs. You want colour versatility and continuity, not colour dominance.

Tip 7: Follow the Sun

Thinking about the direction of the sun makes the feature wall placement a functional decision. A green feature wall can absorb the heat from the sun. A dark feature wall can also make a room feel bigger when the light enters the room.

Tip 8: Living Room Feature Wall

In a living room, you can use the feature wall to emphasise specific furniture. You can paint your feature wall along the wall behind the sofa. It could also emphasise specific sections of your living room. For instance, a reading or bar corner can be highlighted with a painted feature wall.

Tip 9: Bedroom Feature Wall

The most common area for a feature wall in the bedroom is behind the bed frame. For a children’s bedroom, the feature wall can be a fun wallpaper drape with the kid’s favourite patterns. It is also easier to remove and clean wallpaper later on. Additionally, always have the consent, approval and suggestions of the room occupant before adding a feature wall. Kids, for one, love to pick a pattern for their feature wall.

Tip 10: Warm Colours

Warm colours like red, yellow and orange make a room appear smaller. A feature wall painted in a warm tone is best placed in a long narrow room. This foreshortened effect on the end wall of such a room makes for a more balanced setting.

Tip 11: Cool Colours

Cool colours like green, blue and purple make spaces feel larger. A small room with a cool colour toned feature wall is wider and feels more open. You could also use a cool colour in spaces that require more space, like the bathroom end wall or a low ceiling.

Tip 12: Feng Shui Directions

West and South: Rooms facing west or south tend to feel warmer. As such a cooler feature colour like green will open up the room.

East and North: Rooms facing these directions feel cooler and darker. In this case, a feature wall painted in a warmer tone will fare better.

Tip 13: Keep Surfaces Clean

Oftentimes, a feature wall is a darker or deeper colour, so don’t make the paint spill over. Make sure all areas that do not need this colour are covered with old cloth or newspaper. Similarly, corners and other protected surfaces can be taped off.

Tip 14: Don’t Make It Distracting

Do not obscure your feature wall with drapes or large shelves or cupboards. There is a reason you chose this wall to be featured, so make sure the wall has an impact on the room.

Similarly, a feature wall that is bare is also boring. What you have with a feature wall is the chance to make the room feel balanced and well-designed. It’s the foundation of the room.

Tip 15: Have Fun

A feature wall is a brave choice of interior design. That being said, it is the cheapest boost to a room. So have fun, pick colours of your choice and remember that paint can always change in a few years. It is never boring to have a feature wall painted. In fact with new trends of metallic paint, groovy wall finish among others, you can never be afraid of redesigning your room with a trendy feature wall.


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