Feature wall – what does it mean to me?

What is a feature wall? It started as a wall/part of the wall/two walls painted in different/contrast colour than the rest of the room.

Is that all? Not to me. I feel that the name ‘feature wall’ cannot be used for only that described above. Why? Because there are so much more you can do to your space. So many more ways to make that FEATURE wall really stand out.

Murals/chalkboard/geometric stencils/your own art/ombre paint/timber art/photo wall, etc.

In this post I will try to show some examples.

A Coruña for rent?
No hard edges. A bit more than half wall soft painted bright lemon yellow.
 Trousdale Residence
Ashgrove house
In fact, it doesn’t even have to different colour. If you prefer monochrome – just add a little bit of dynamic by including different texture/matt vs gloss.
Black Natural Stone Wall Feature Living Room
Black stone feature wall is good example of contrast colour AND texture. Though beware – it needs space: the bigger the stone/wood tiles – the bigger the room must be. Otherwise you’ll get lost in scale.
Master Suite
Dreamy cloud wallpaper in neutral bedroom.
Richmond
Don’t want to touch the walls? No problem – paint the inside of the bookshelf/display. A pop of colour will brighten the room.
Minneapolis
This uniqueness was achieved by applying a rust activator to a reactive metallic paint.
Monochrome Bedroom Design - White Bed
Black is the perfect background for the artwork.
Registe
Painting vertical stripes in different shades: simple solution for a very modern look!
Bibliotheque Project - Modern Country Home, Herts
Shimmer ans shine! This accent wall reflects the light perfectly and is perfect for a small windowless room.
White Pine Canyon 2014
This one is great for a kids room. Can be a weekend’s project – lots of preparation, but fun and easily-manageable otherwise.
Family Home on a Drive to the Heath
Backboard-paint wall. And every day it can be different drawing or writing. Surprise yourself!
Boston Brownstone
A wall made of recycled wine crates? Why not!
Portland Apartment
Another very inexpensive, but impressive (and also one of my favourite) way to dress your wall.
Chic Dining
My Houzz: Fun and Happy Colors for a Northern California Home
Ombré Mountain Nursery
Three different takes on Ombre wall. It can be very artistic, very modern, very chic or playful – you choose!
Pierce Street
Watercolour wall. Unique and abstract painting made by dipping paintbrush to the water.
Gioi Tran
Flying bird stickers. This wall definitely catches the eye.
I hope that these pictures will help you make a decision on choosing the best look for your home. These examples are not to show wrong or right, they’re just to display different techniques and ideas. But if you’ll ever feel lost or need a friendly advice – feel free to visit my online interior design shop – I will be glad to help you out!
Please leave a comment which accent wall you like the best!
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Who am I

“Who are you?” you may ask. Why would I hire you instead of other interior designers? I don’t know you!

So here you go guys. I am an open book (with a glass of red by my side) tonight.

  • I am greyish/blueish paint on my kitchen walls. 

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    Dulux Blue reflection

  • I am paint. All kinds of.
  • I am red skirting board
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    Red skirting board

     

  • I am a scaffold board shelf

 

 

  • I am a hand painted geometric wall
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    Quirky

     

  • I am  black and white socks on Duke of York’s cinema in Brighton
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    Duke of York cinema Brighton

  • I am a potato sack fabric
  • I am a timber branch hook for shoes
  • I am a cloud on your bedroom ceilings
  • I am a hand painted lampshade
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    Hand painted

  • I am unusual
  • I am what you don’t expect
  • I am in Brighton
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    Sky Cloud mural in a great room

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    Potato sack fabric

 

Project: kitchen

This is a small (both – the space and the project itself), but very fun and enjoyable kitchen update.

When we moved into our new home, it was very much ‘unloved’ and lacked character. The kitchen was all white, with wooden imitation vinyl worktop and same type of floor. The whole flat was well…plain (at least for my eyes and taste). And then we moved in…

Being a huge fan of colour I knew that it is inevitable for this white kitchen to say goodbye to its ‘whiteness’.

Paint was the best solution for us: relatively cheap, quick way to update any room. I think that kitchen is one of the best rooms to play with different shades and tones.

So I did play a bit. In the end decided to change the walls colour instead of the cupboards doors. But it was fun to see how it would look like.

 

I can’t remember why, but I had to choose the main colour for walls pretty quickly. Sometimes the gut feeling tells you the right thing (sometimes not). Well, this time I think I was right, because I still very much in love with my choice. The inspiration for it was the house in my neighbourhood – every time I pass this building I say to myself or to anyone around – I love this colour. I promise to post a pic of that house one day.

So I was told to drive to the shop and buy paints, because the man of the house was ready to do the magic (painting magic). To be honest I could spend hours in the paint shop (or diy shop). For some reason I feel that I need all kinds of test pots and catalogues. My obsession of greyish/greenish/blueish colour won and I came back with the beautiful shade of Dulux Blue Reflection.

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So here it is – greyish blue with hints of bright red. I wish there would be more space for sitting in our little kitchen so we could spend more time here. The blue reflection was and still is the perfect colour for these walls. Perfect combination. Happy me!

There was not much storage so we used quite a few hooks to hang our pots and pans.  Several shelves – I love the one in the middle of the window. Planning to hang few pots of herbs under it.

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Very useful for kids drawings, groceries lists, doodles and everyday notes.

Can you see the quote?

“Stop living your life accidentally, start living on purpose!”.

Now share me the pic of your kitchen, please

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 favourite places for inspiration

Whenever I’m stuck and need new, fresh ideas for a project I have few favourites where I am heading straight away. No disappointment!

  • Houzz UK – extremely visual site both for professionals and design enthusiasts. They keep the content vibrant and energetic, posts exciting stories and cool diy projects. You can expect to see budget ideas and multi million worth interior design. Getting an online advice from pro or finding architect/designer for a complete redo of your home – it’s easy at Houzz. How I find it? I was heavily pregnant and waiting for the keys to our first home. Browsing and searching for spaces solutions, paint ideas, colour schemes (you what I mean) and then I hit Houzz. I cannot recommend any other site more – so 11 out 10 points to this one. Here’s the link to my recent collection of interesting ceilings that I found on Houzz.

  • Pinterest – well this one you know for sure. It’s a great mix of..well..EVERYTHING. Even when I am not looking for ideas – I keep finding them on Pinterest. Someone said that Pinterest is the best time killer. Oh well. I love going through my old boards and seeing what I pinned there ages ago. Sometimes it is complete embarrassment, sometimes it is still relevant.

 

  • Magazines. Since I’ve became a mother I have piles of magazines in my coffee table. Under the bed. On the shelf. Near the bin. Behind the sofa. Some of them not even opened, fresh as daisies. Mostly they are fashion magazines, few – home, garden, design themed. How do I use them? I cut them into pieces. Cut out the colours, textures, pieces of clothing, faces…whatever speaks to me at that moment. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I ‘kill’ the whole magazine. Put them in the paper bag and usually forget for awhile. Then when inspiration hits me – I do quick experiments/exercises and try to put them together. Very instinctively. Very quickly. On a piece of white paper. I called them collages, but you can call it a mood board. Here’s one of the old pieces I recently found:

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    Quirky/modern mood board

 

Now tell me – where do you find the inspiration?