Creating a feature wall in your house

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A FEATURE wall is a simple but effective way to give a room a focal point, creating a great new look without you having to decorate from scratch.

We explain how to do it:

  • 1. You can create a feature wall in pretty much any room - chimney breasts, alcoves and walls behind beds, dining tables and sofas usually work well, but not all rooms have these obvious spots. 
  • 2. Painted stripes look fabulous on a feature wall, but are fiddly, time-consuming and often frustrating to do properly. You need to use low-tack masking tape for adjoining stripes - and try a tester piece of tape first in case it's not as low tack as it claims to be. 
  • 3. Wallpaper is another great way to create a feature wall - if you want stripes the easy way, buy a striped design. Feature walls enable you to enjoy patterned wallpaper without it overpowering the room or making it look too busy. You can even create a horizontal feature on all four walls by using wallpaper between the picture rail and cornicing, between the picture rail and dado rail, or between the dado rail and skirting board.
  • 4. Murals are similar to wallpaper, but usually depict a scene or a large-scale design, such as typography or a map, rather than a more conventional pattern. Unlike wallpaper, which can be hung on as many or few walls as you like, a mural is usually designed to be used on just one, feature wall.
  • 5. Feature walls can be practical as well as pretty. For example, you can have a tiled one in a bathroom or shower room, and a chalkboard one in a kitchen or playroom. Chalkboard paints are available in different colours, so your feature wall doesn't have to be black. If you'd prefer something less permanent, how about a chalkboard sticker? Wall stickers in general are fantastic for feature walls because they come in lots of different designs, colours and sizes, enabling you to create a unique look.

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