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Posted on Mar 24, 2014

When you’re selling, renting, leasing or letting neutral walls just make sense. But sometimes sensible is just a little, well… sensible.

If you want to add a little spunk to the style stakes, a feature wall can give you maximum impact for minimal effort.

Why have a feature wall?
When your walls are all Spanish White, a feature wall can be the injection of personality and excitement you need. A quick and easy way to change the entire feel of a room, it’s great for people with commitment issues.
Selecting the feature wall
For maximum punch, choose a wall that is as plain Jane as you can find, with no windows or doors, as these can detract from the effect. In saying that, a wall with a focal point or feature, such as a mantelpiece, alcove or fireplace, can actually make a great feature wall.

Scheming colour
Like always, you should choose your palette carefully. If you need inspiration, look at the fabrics, furniture, artwork or rugs you already have and pick out a shade you like or that will unite the others in the room.
Test pots are your friend. Perhaps try complementary shades which are different intensities of the same basic colour, or for a more dramatic look, go for colours which are opposite each other on the colour wheel.

Colour tricks
Many of us picture our feature walls in darker shades, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can use colour to create dramatic effects.
Stronger, deeper colours can make your feature wall appear closer; useful if you want to make a long room seem squarer. Lighter tones will make the wall seem further away and create a sense of space.
Grab a test pot, slap it on an A3 piece of paper and hold it up during different times of the day to see how the colour looks.

Paint isn’t your only option
There is more than one way to get funky with a feature wall. Try a shiny, tiled feature wall in the bathroom, boldly patterned wallpaper in the bedroom or if you’re feeling really creative why not try a photo mural, a brick wall, a rustic wooden wall or get really creative with magnetic or blackboard paints. The wall is your oyster.

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