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Put Down your Paint Brushes: The New Feature Wall has Arrived

Nothing pleases me more than to discover that the feature wall is new and improved.

In years gone by, we tried all sorts of crazy effects on walls to make them striking. The most interesting one (notice I use the word interesting and not bad) being sponging, which really took wall paint experimentation to a whole new level.

While we’ve retired sponging and a slew of other paint effects for the moment, it’s fair to say that our love of a feature wall is still going strong.

What you will see coming through though, is new ways to rock a feature wall. We’re putting the paint rollers down and looking to other ideas, which is so refreshing to see, don’t you think?

Here are some tips on the new feature wall and how to make it amazing.

How to Rock the New Feature Wall

Look to new applications

Paint is so last year, Creatives! The new feature wall embraces wallpaper in bold patterns and textures, for starters, but also looks to materials like wood panelling to create a more tactile vibe.

The benefit of a finish like this is that is makes a space feel far more warm and welcoming than flat paint will. Wood panelling that runs horizontally across the wall will also give the illusion that the room is wider, so it’s a great ideas for small spaces that need some pizazz.

In bathrooms, kitchens, ensuites and powder rooms, we’re using glorious tiles to create real wow factor now.

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Go bold on one wall, downplay the others.

You won’t create wow-factor in your space if you select a subdued wallpaper pattern. This is the time to get gutsy! Opt for something that’s going to catch the eye like a geometric pattern.

If you’re looking for something a little softer, give florals a go. You can find floral wallpaper that isn’t too feminine but is definitely striking and on-trend.

The best way to balance out the room is to keep the other walls fairly pared back in colour. It would be wise to pick a colour that features in your wallpaper and replicate it in an artwork on an adjacent wall. This will tie everything together and make the space feel resolved.

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Look for a design that feels timeless.

Wallpaper has come leaps and bounds over the years in terms of getting it on and off, but it’s still somewhat harder to navigate than paint is. That’s why you’d be wise to select a wallpaper for your feature wall that you can imagine still loving in five years.

Especially in kids rooms, you’re best to select something that can grow with your child. Something that feels cute and whimsical but won’t drive you and them mad by the time they’re three or four. I love animal motifs like foxes or rabbits here, because who could ever tire of those?

What’s your take on wallpaper and panelling for a feature wall at home: are you loving? Drop a comment below and share your ideas!

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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