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Creating the perfect feature wall: 5 terrific tips to follow

(5 min read) Colorful and mind-boggling eco-conscious mosaic, Harry Styles’ Watermelon Sugar video, the smell of coffee in the morning, Junji Ito’s upcoming release, summer petrichor (google ppl), my new red converse, this magnificent blog and all of the people and effort behind it… Done. Once upon a time, my boss told me that it is very important to start every article with a positive note, otherwise readers will just move on to something lighter and fluffier. So there you go. I started with a positive note. Actually, several of them. Now here’s how I wanted to start…

Simple and unique statement wall.
Interesting and unique feature wall.

So far 2020 has been one tough (*insert most frequently used cuss-word) to most of us. We’re still staying indoors, scared to go out into the “real world” because someone might sneeze in our general direction. In such an atmosphere, it is only normal that we want to make some changes in our homes. Needless to say, most of us are on a budget due to the whole economic situation, so some huge renovations might be impossible at the moment. However, you don’t have to buy new furniture or redesign your whole home interior to get a new vibe (millennial lingo — checked)) out of it. Creating a feature wall will be enough to freshen up your space and make it look brand new and eye-catching.

Simple but stunning feature wall.
Simple, but effective feature wall. Photo courtesy of Homedit.

A feature wall is also known as the accent wall and it provides some awesome opportunities to experiment with shapes, textures, patterns, colors, and ideas in general. Depending on your sensibility and what you are trying to achieve with your space, your feature wall can be either subtle or high impact. We will mention some general rules you should try and follow when choosing and designing the feature wall regardless of the type of effect you are going for.

Colorful statement wall as a focal point
Colored brick wall as a focal point.

1. Choosing your wall

First of all, as much as you would like to make a feature wall you should really consider refraining from it if your living room is really small. An accent wall will only make your room look smaller and crowded. If you want to do something bold with your walls, like going for a flashy color or pattern, you will be better off painting all walls, rather than just choosing one. Furthermore, when creating a feature wall, you should use the one the sofa or your couch is in front of. Also, depending on the style of your living room, you can use the wall where your mantel sits or where the TV is placed. You should avoid using the wall with the window on it, because it may end up looking unfinished.

A stunning feature wall with an artwork
Choose your wall wisely. Photo courtesy of Mercer.

2. Mixed materials

Now in all seriousness, if you are creating a feature wall opting for a mosaic is truly a no-brainer. You can’t go wrong with a piece of mosaic art there. Whether you decide to put a subtle artwork in the middle of your wall and make a minimalistic statement, or you go all out and cover your whole wall with a gorgeous piece of mosaic art, you will be doing the right thing. Mosaic is an accent in its own right and nothing speaks to change and evolution more than an attention-grabbing intricate artwork on your wall.

Mosaic artwork makes a stunning feature wall.
A scene from nature mosaic art as a feature wall. Mosaic Artwork by Mosaics Lab.

Colorful statement wall.
Colorful mosaic feature wall.

3. When on a tight budget — work with what you’ve got

Hmmmm, tight budget advice… let me just throw some out there and if we’re lucky, you will be inspired to create a great accent wall on your own.

  • Stripes. Navy-blue and white ones for example.
  • Bunch of different frames with your favorite movie-poster photographs.
  • Get some sturdy cardboard, cut it into equal squares, and wrap it into different fabrics. Affix it to your wall and ta-daaa — you’ve got yourself a patchwork wall.
Stripes are beautiful as a feature wall.
Stripes, perfect for a feature wall.

4. Stop being a drama queen

Meaning, don’t be dramatic with your wall. The feature wall shouldn’t be gloomy and dark or overly bright to have a proper impact. Trust me. I’m that girl who painted her living room wall lime-green and red and had to live with it for 7 months. I know what I’m talking about. As a general rule, just opt for a slightly darker shade for that one wall to create a clear focus. That would be enough.

Beautiful blue statement wall.
Avoid being too dramatic. Image Source: Gace K Design.

5. Don’t lose the grand scheme of things

Don’t forget the rest of the room. You want your wall to stand out, but you also want to make it part of the room, not an anecdote of its own. One of the ways you can do that is to take two or three colors from your feature-wall design that you can insert elsewhere in the room. The other way to do that is to down-play the other walls by painting them in fairly neutral tones. That way your feature wall will be accentuated, but you will avoid the danger of making it look like “too much”.

A feature wall will need to fit in and stand out at the same time.
Make sure your feature wall fits in while standing out.

All in all, you are creating your feature wall for you. Accentuate it so that it makes you feel good about yourself and your every-day life. Make it enjoyable for yourself and don’t forget to enjoy yourself while making it. Have fun!

Fun statement wall are gorgeous.
Having fun with colors. Photo by Decor Aid.

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72 Comments

  1. Talya Stone
    July 8, 2020 at 11:29 am — Reply

    I love the idea of putting a mosaic on a wall as a feature that would be so striking. Some really useful tips here.

  2. Marie Phillips
    July 8, 2020 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    These are some great feature walls! I love the bold colors.

  3. Tara Pittman
    July 8, 2020 at 1:13 pm — Reply

    These give me some great ideas. I really like the first wall.

  4. Neely Moldovan
    July 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm — Reply

    Really loving all the bright pops of color int he second one. The first one is so cool too!

  5. Sharon
    July 8, 2020 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    Omgsh some of these are so beautiful! I do like the budget stripes version even. 🙂 Thanks for offering that!

  6. Amber Myers
    July 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm — Reply

    I’d love a wall like this one day. It would be perfect for photos!

  7. ESHR PRKR
    July 8, 2020 at 3:10 pm — Reply

    I LIVE for accent walls. I literally just moved in to my new place during the “global lock-down” so I’ve been staring at the wall where my tiny studio space rests against for days. I was brainstorming some ideas myself. I want to give it an exhibition feel that evokes nostalgia while blending, like you said, with the room.

  8. alison
    July 8, 2020 at 3:28 pm — Reply

    I love the pop out colors, they really do transform a room. I actually have a stone fireplace wall in one room that draws in the attention.

  9. Stephanie
    July 8, 2020 at 6:09 pm — Reply

    We painted an accent wall in my living room and I love it! The color matches the pattern on the couch pillows almost exactly so it all comes together really well.

  10. Dan "Jay" Reyes
    July 8, 2020 at 7:48 pm — Reply

    I like wall decorating to enhance the insides of our house.

  11. Rose Ann
    July 9, 2020 at 2:05 am — Reply

    I love the ideas. The colored brick walls and the nature mosaic looks so relaxing to me.

  12. Jay Aguirre
    July 9, 2020 at 2:07 am — Reply

    Wow I love how unique each of these designs are. There’s so many different ways to decorate a house! can’t wait to do some decorating of my own soon!

  13. Mudpie
    July 9, 2020 at 2:12 am — Reply

    Wow these are some beautiful feature walls! I love mosaique

  14. Lyosha
    July 9, 2020 at 3:22 am — Reply

    Awesome tips! I am positively crazy about the first interior! It looks fantastic, absolutely fantastic!

  15. Krysten Quiles
    July 9, 2020 at 6:32 am — Reply

    Love this! I would love to do a feature wall in my downstairs bedroom!

  16. Melanie williams
    July 9, 2020 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Wow these all look amazing! a wall feature really can make a room look super fab x

  17. Monidipa
    July 9, 2020 at 8:43 am — Reply

    Oh God they are so minimal yet lovely. As usual Chad you tips and ideas are fabulous!

  18. Gervin Khan
    July 9, 2020 at 10:01 am — Reply

    Awesome tips for interior designing, I’ve totally agree with everything you’ve cited. It’s very detail and on point. I loved the way that it’s a minimalist in the essence but definitely a mesmerizing to see.

  19. Cristina Petrini
    July 9, 2020 at 10:18 am — Reply

    My dream would be to have walls so bright and creative but obviously and unfortunately they wouldn’t fit in the context of my home. But I love them! ^_^ee

  20. LuciWest
    July 9, 2020 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Haha what a great way to start a blog post. You definitely got my attention. And I learned a thing 😉 Also: any wall featuring a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge is a winner for me.

  21. Kathy Kenny
    July 9, 2020 at 11:21 am — Reply

    Love love love the turquoise walls. They look so neat and clean. It’s calming.

  22. Catherine
    July 9, 2020 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    This is a great idea and totally new to me. I’ve never seen a feature wall design before but I love the concept of it. Perfect for large spaces that need a pop!

  23. Renata Feyen
    July 9, 2020 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    I really love that red wall and the one with the stripes is also very pretty 🙂

  24. Latte Lindsay
    July 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm — Reply

    I have a ton of small prints that need framed to make a feature wall but I’m saving them for my forever home.

  25. Natalia
    July 9, 2020 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    Great idea for feature walls! I have one in my bedroom, it looks really amazing! Cleopatra by Beckers, I’m really satisfied with the final effect! 🙂

  26. michelle
    July 9, 2020 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    I’m a big fan of the feature wall. It is so easy to do and makes a massive difference. Some great ideas there.

  27. mia
    July 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm — Reply

    What a great ideas. And that wall with scene from nature mosaic art lopks awesome

  28. EY
    July 9, 2020 at 5:15 pm — Reply

    Glad you shared these designs with us..really found it very useful and helpful..Thanks indeed..these looks so fabulous…

  29. Bella
    July 9, 2020 at 5:55 pm — Reply

    These are such great tips, I love the walls they are so detailed and so pretty! Thanks for sharing these

  30. Lyanna Soria
    July 9, 2020 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    Those are all amazing selections to choose from and beautiful looking as well. I love the design and color of that nature mosaic art with the birds.

  31. Aisiah
    July 9, 2020 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    Our feature wall mostly just have family pictures in plain background.

  32. Eloise
    July 9, 2020 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    I love having an accent wall, it’s such a great way to change up the feel of a room. You have some amazing wall feature photos, makes me want to change things up in my place again : )

  33. norma
    July 9, 2020 at 8:14 pm — Reply

    Loved the tips and tricks. Amazing blog.

  34. Shelley R Zurek
    July 9, 2020 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    My favorite is your first photo. Our feature walls are done with architectural details!

  35. sel
    July 9, 2020 at 9:16 pm — Reply

    These are really great tips and they look really pretty! Thanks for sharing this with us!

  36. Heather
    July 9, 2020 at 10:39 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait until we buy our home. We are already making plans for a feature wall or two!

  37. ashley
    July 9, 2020 at 11:48 pm — Reply

    These feature walls are awesome and these are great tips.

  38. Tiffany
    July 10, 2020 at 12:01 am — Reply

    Ahh! So fun! I’ve always wanted to do something like this. Instant bookmark as I’m sure one day when I get a chance, this will be the project I start with.

  39. Jasmine Martin
    July 10, 2020 at 12:44 am — Reply

    These are some great ideas! I am definitely going to have to create a feature wall in my home for sure. It definitely will give a home some character.

  40. Marta Skeledžija
    July 10, 2020 at 2:08 am — Reply

    The one with all the frames is so amazing.

  41. Hannah
    July 10, 2020 at 3:44 am — Reply

    These wall features are so fun and funky! I’ve never considered getting one ! But since we have such a boring and plain wall at home…perhaps I should.

  42. Elizabeth O
    July 10, 2020 at 5:18 am — Reply

    I really love those wall ideas. I like combining contrast colors and matching it up with patterns.

  43. Patricia Chamberlain
    July 10, 2020 at 7:50 am — Reply

    These walls are all so beautiful! I’d love to do something like this in my house. I have the perfect wall.

  44. Arris
    July 10, 2020 at 8:15 am — Reply

    I love those crazy beautiful ideas! I should totally try redesigning my home.

  45. Rachel
    July 10, 2020 at 8:53 am — Reply

    These all look great! I am so indecisive. We have lived in our house for almost two years and I JUST put our first piece of wall art up.

  46. E.E.
    July 10, 2020 at 10:05 am — Reply

    loved the colors…These designs and ideas looks stunning and amazing..glad you shared this with us…Thanks indeed…

  47. Melissa Delgado
    July 10, 2020 at 12:24 pm — Reply

    Super cool! such great ideas to jazz up a room.

  48. Angela
    July 10, 2020 at 2:09 pm — Reply

    Thank you for the budget-friendly ideas for a beautiful accent wall.

  49. Mary
    July 10, 2020 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    Wow, these are beautiful. I love the painted bricks the most

  50. Michelle
    July 10, 2020 at 5:29 pm — Reply

    These are some really great ideas! Now I know what I am going to do with that wall in the living room.

  51. Latte Lindsay
    July 10, 2020 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    I can’t wait to move into my new place so I can do a feature wall. With these ideas I might have to do a few more.

  52. Liz
    July 10, 2020 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    This is so cool. Love the colors.

  53. Celes
    July 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Mosaic wall is something I would really like to have in my home. Thanks to your blog, I have learned so much.

  54. Ana Smith
    July 11, 2020 at 4:18 am — Reply

    The colorful mosaic on the feature wall is a classic for me. Awesome tips!

  55. E.E.
    July 11, 2020 at 8:40 am — Reply

    An amazing designs, most important is that are cost effective ideas. Thanks for sharing these perfect wall features.

  56. Anindya Sundar Basu
    July 11, 2020 at 10:51 am — Reply

    Thanks for these practical tips and I will like to follow them and put them to practice whenver I can.

  57. Vanner
    July 11, 2020 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Those were a really awesome design. Planing to have a quick remodelling and this could help me so much.

  58. Ing
    July 11, 2020 at 12:51 pm — Reply

    Besides being an educator, I am an architect too. I personally love accent walls. It gives meaning to a space. The article is extremely informative

  59. Viano Dee
    July 11, 2020 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    These feature walls are indeed perfect. The designs are so beautiful and colourful. Love them.

  60. Peachy Adarne
    July 11, 2020 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the tips, I might put up one of these soon!

  61. Kez
    July 11, 2020 at 9:12 pm — Reply

    These are great tips for feature walls. I personally like the patchwork idea.

  62. Alpa
    July 11, 2020 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    Great ideas for accent walls. Loved the beautiful pics.

  63. joanna
    July 12, 2020 at 4:20 am — Reply

    This was a very interesting read because I am actually looking for inspiration for my feature wall. I can’t decide on a style yet.

  64. Monidipa
    July 12, 2020 at 7:44 am — Reply

    These all walls look like movie set ones. Simple hacks but beautiful..

  65. Nart
    July 12, 2020 at 9:03 am — Reply

    These feature walls look so gorgeous. These ideas will come in handy when I want to renovate my house!

  66. reece
    July 12, 2020 at 7:14 pm — Reply

    great way to raise the vibe in your room!

  67. Patrice
    July 13, 2020 at 2:35 am — Reply

    I’ve been thinking about creating a feature wall in the living room and you’ve given me lots of great inspiration as usual!

  68. Ashley
    July 13, 2020 at 7:58 am — Reply

    These are such creative ideas! Thanks for the tips.

  69. pooja
    July 13, 2020 at 8:13 am — Reply

    I love it…. I like the thought of having a featured wall. That would enhance the beauty and decor of the room

  70. Marysa
    July 17, 2020 at 11:38 am — Reply

    These are all neat ideas for a feature wall. Accent walls are so popular, and it is nice to do something unique.

  71. Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    July 18, 2020 at 7:41 am — Reply

    All these ideas are beautiful. If we do push through with our home renovation, I would love to have a feature wall. I like it to be in a bold color, just like the one in the 2nd photo.

  72. Arris Gawe
    July 18, 2020 at 7:51 am — Reply

    Wow! I just loved it! Hope I can design my own wall too.

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