Creating a feature wall that’s a scene stealer doesn’t get easier than this.
Extra special shades
Special effects paint goes beyond introducing a brand-new coat of colour onto walls; it offers homeowners a unique way of injecting textures and finishes that resemble marble, linen and even velvet into their living space – by painting alone. Application requires a multiple layering technique that brings out a tactile effect, elevating walls from flat to fab. No additional construction work is required, simply rope in the help of an expert for unsurpassed results.
Mad for mosaic
Mosaic is typically confined within bath spaces and kitchens mostly because of its hardy nature. But we think it’s time to unleash its potential and let it steal the limelight in the communal area. As this classic material is made from fusing tiny pieces of either glass, ceramic or stone together, the result is a multi-faceted effect that is mesmerizing to look at – making it a definite head-turner.
Imagine bringing the view of a natural landscape or city skyline right into your home. Blown up to fit snugly onto the entire expanse of your wall, this dramatic element will undoubtedly be the highlight of the room. To avoid overwhelming an interior, keep the room setting restrained. Also, try picking a colour that complements the hues in your home for visual harmony. With murals, lighting is important to bring it to life. Install light fixtures if the area isn’t naturally well lit.
Beyond the surface
Laminates are the go-to material for the interior because of their diversity, durability and versatility. Apart from offering boundless design options, they also come in different finishes like high gloss, matte and textured to suit your creature habits. As supportive wall panels are constructed prior to laminate installation, designers take advantage of this base to tuck away any unsightly wiring and cables particularly if the feature wall is used as a TV backdrop.
Shelves bedecked upon a bare wall aren’t just great as a focal point in a room, they also help maximise storage space. Go all out with units that reach the full height of the ceiling to create a grand impression. Line shelves with your collection of literature a la library chic; or showcase travel curios, pottery and beyond amongst books. Remember, don’t cram everything within a shelf – leave breathing space to avoid a cluttered appearance. You don’t want to draw the wrong kind of attention here.
In the frame
Gallery walls are a fun and engaging way of injecting colour and character into your pad. Plus, they give you the opportunity to showcase your favourite pieces of art – and show off your good taste at the same time. Don’t fret if you’re not a collector; instead, be creative with typography prints, vintage record covers, graphic movie posters, or a collection of black-and-white photography. Think of it as your very own mini gallery of artwork curated to suit your taste or mood of the moment.
Fun with tiles
With tiles, your options are many and varied. For a feature wall that’s set to impress, bedeck it with patterned tiles or those that are unique in shape. An ingenious approach to cutting costs without compromising style is to arrange classic subway tiles in an unexpected way. For instance, by assembling the tiles in a herringbone pattern, your wall gets a shot of classic style without the cost.
This was adapted from an article originally published in the October 2018 issue of SquareRooms. Main image credit: Hafary