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A Different Feature Wall in Each Room: Case Study

By: Mary Williams BA (hons) - Updated: 21 Mar 2011 | comments*Discuss
Feature Wall Rooms Decorating Design

Feature walls add style and sophistication to a space without being overwhelming. One family moved into their brand new home and created a feature wall in each different space to give their rooms individuality.

Marcia Crane explained

“We live on a fairly exclusive development in Surrey. It is a gated, private estate, with substantial homes on it. Work on the development started about three years ago, and not long after, we bought out home “off plan.” At that time, not even a show home had been completed, but we saw computer aided designs of the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house, and knew this was where we wanted to live. It had large spaces, lots of windows and an air of contemporary easy living.

Adding features

We had quite a lot of say in the finishes that came with the house. We chose, for example, travertine for our bathrooms, granite work surfaces for the kitchen and oak flooring for the living areas. When it came to decorating, however, the house was going to be handed over to us in very neutral tones and so we decided to bring some colour and interest in ourselves by paying extra to have a feature wall created in each space. The benefit of a feature wall is that you can bring strong colour, pattern and texture into a room without it becoming overwhelming. The space itself stays light and bright, yet you have the beginnings of a theme that you can then follow through in the rest of your interior design. Colours can be picked up in pieces of furniture and patterns can be replicated in soft furnishings.

Strong colour

We started with our kitchen and decided to be quite brave and bold here. This is a huge, open plan room that opens up on to the garden and also includes a breakfast area. Here I opted for a shade of grape. We painted the colour on to the wall at the far end of the room (the breakfast area) and then picked out the same shade in our kitchen accessories.

Adding drama

Also on the ground floor are the dining room and drawing room. Again, I wanted something quite dramatic here but perhaps a little more formal. Eventually I chose papers from a well-known designer company. In a similar leaf pattern, these co-ordinate well. In the drawing room, we have a black paper, with accents of delicate silver, while, in the dining room, we have gone for deep red with moments of shimmering gold. The black sofas, white rugs and white stone fireplace look superb against the paper in the drawing room. Our large mahogany table, with its gold candles and place settings, and gold-rimmed glasses, look magnificent in the dining room, laid out against the backdrop of the feature wall for a party.

Beautiful bedrooms

Upstairs, deciding how to do each feature wall was somewhat easier. The children were allowed to choose a plain colour each. My daughter opted for a cerise while my son choose a mossy green. The wall behind the bed in each room was painted in the chosen colour. We then went on to give the spare rooms matching papers in the same bird print – one in a dusty pink and the other a muted blue.

It was the master bedroom that we really went to town on, however. Here, again, I chose an eye-catching designer print. In a subtle, floral design, and featuring purple and silver, it brings the whole room to life and ties in beautifully with the sumptuous bedding, scatter cushions and seating I have arranged in the room. The strong paper has given the room a really rich feel yet because the space is so large it does not feel excessive. Light still pours in through the double doors opening on to the Juliet balcony. The feature wall just lifts the room giving it warmth as well as interest."

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