20 feature wall ideas for every budget

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It’s hard to think of exciting feature wall ideas. If you really want to make your interior design stand out, you need to rack your brain for the most creative ways to decorate your wall.

In this article, we’ll share 20 trendy feature wall ideas to get you inspired. We’ll also share some useful guidelines you have to keep in mind when designing one. 

Let’s get started!

What is a feature wall?

A feature wall, also known as an accent wall, refers to a single side of a room with unique design features. Feature walls can be bold and impactful, but can also be muted and soothing. Regardless of the style you pick, adding a feature wall is a great way to create visual interest without making the entire space look too busy.

brick accent wall

Benefits of adding a feature wall

Adding a feature wall is a simple way to change the mood and personality of a room instantly. If you’re not yet convinced, here are some of its main benefits:

Adds flair and personality to your space

Think of your feature wall as an outlet for your creativity. When designing one, you can play around with textures, patterns, and colours. It’s also a great space to display memorabilia and hang artwork.

Reinvigorates your home

It’s fine to have all four corners of a room be in the same design or colour. But after a while, it can feel repetitive and boring. Adding a feature wall can give your room a new look and feel without needing you to redecorate the entire space.

Creates an illusion of depth

Done right, a feature wall can work in any type of room, big or small. In fact, adding a feature wall can create an illusion of depth and make a tiny room appear larger.

maroon feature wall ideas

But wait! Think before you paint...

Adding a feature wall can make or break your home’s interior design. So before you grab your painting brush, keep these basic guidelines in mind:

Pick the right place: A feature wall should highlight a room’s focal point. For example, it should be the wall behind a headboard or the wall where the TV is mounted.

Be careful with colours: Picking a bold colour is fine for an accent wall, but be sure that it complements the room’s overall colour scheme. That way, you can make sure that your accent wall doesn’t clash with the rest of the space.

Maintain balance: It’s not wise to add an accent wall to an already busy room. Creating a feature wall in this area will make the space look even smaller. The aim is to create a balance between your eye-catching accent wall and the rest of the space. 

Keep up with the times: Interior design trends come and go. So, there’s a chance that your feature wall might look dated as the years go by. You can avoid this by choosing timeless neutral colours or by updating your feature wall every now and then.

If you’re curious about the hottest trends, download our Home Design Trends 2022 eBook. This guide has everything you need to know about new and emerging styles.

Pretty feature wall ideas using natural materials

These days, most designers favour textured feature walls compared to those that simply rely on paint. Here are some examples of these using natural materials:

1. Try floor-to-ceiling stone

Natural stone makes a great interior design feature. Not only does it look amazing, but it’s also timeless. Take it a step further by installing it floor-to-ceiling.

2. Experiment with exposed brick

Exposed brick is all the rage, especially when it comes to industrial home design. It’s also a good idea to use it for just one side of your room since having it on all sides can make the entire space feel too raw and unfinished.

white brick feature wall ideas

3. Hang wicker accessories

Wood and wicker accessories look fantastic set against a stark grey wall. It’s the perfect addition to a Scandinavian-style abode.

feature wall with wicker accessories

4. Go with vertical panelling

Wood panelling never goes out of style. Keeping it in its natural colour also makes it look great contrasted against white furniture or other white walls.

accent wall with wood panelling

Simple and budget-friendly feature wall ideas

Adding a feature wall shouldn’t take a chunk out of your home renovation budget. Try the following budget-friendly feature wall ideas:

1. Add geometric accessories

Geometric shapes and accessories go incredibly well with modern home designs. The clean lines and strong corners make a huge impact without distracting from the room’s overall design.

geometric accessories on blue feature wall

2. Turn it into a different space

Painting one side of a room in a different colour is a clever way to demarcate spaces, especially in open-plan living areas. In the example below, you can see how the owners transformed one side of the room into a dedicated home office space by painting it turquoise.

home office feature wall ideas

3. Dare to go dark

Choosing a dark colour for one side of the room isn’t for the faint of heart, but it certainly pays off. Not only does it attract plenty of attention, but it’s also quite useful for highlighting bold, bright-coloured furnishings.

4. Play with shades of grey

Not every feature wall has to be loud and attention-grabbing. You can also choose soft shades of grey to add a subtle, yet unique design feature to your room.

dark blue couch against a grey wall

5. Add a chalkboard wall

A chalkboard wall lets your creativity take centre stage. Use it to write down your ideas or to remind yourself of important tasks.

chalkboard feature wall

Modern feature wall ideas

When brainstorming feature wall ideas, don’t shy away from stickers, wallpaper, or any large-format prints. There are plenty of ways you can make these design elements look modern, as seen in the following:

1. Go with rainbow colours

Putting on some rainbow-coloured stickers is a cool way to liven up a child’s room. These delightful pops of colour work well if you maintain a simple black and white colour scheme for the rest of the room.

accent wall with rainbow-coloured stickers

2. Use modern wallpaper

Wallpaper fell out of fashion during the modern era, but they’re back with a vengeance. Plus, if you use wallpaper for just one side of the room, it can turn into an eye-catching design feature without making the entire space look too busy.

3. Stick to a monochromatic palette

If you limit yourself to a monochromatic palette, you will have more freedom to play with bold and striking patterns. Take, for example, this room with a large black-and-white textured wall.

monochromatic feature wall ideas

4. Transport yourself to your happy place

Hopping on an aeroplane isn’t the only way to transport yourself to your favourite part of the world. Print a large-format photo of it then stick it to one side of your room. That way, you can always imagine being in your safe space.

mural on feature wall

One-of-a-kind feature wall ideas

The sky's the limit when designing a feature wall. Here are some out-of-the-box feature wall ideas you can take inspiration from:

1. Build a vertical garden

Installing a plant wall is one of the cleverest ways to freshen up a room. Not only that, indoor plants help improve indoor air quality and create a relaxing environment. 

Just be sure to consult a professional before building a vertical garden, since some of these may require a built-in watering system. Superdraft can help you connect with these professionals through our award-winning platform.

vertical garden in living room

2. Keep it to one section

Not many people realize that a feature wall does not have to cover an entire side of a room. Keep it to one section so you can highlight a stunning piece of furniture or any other focal point.

3. Add an element of surprise

Adding a feature wall allows you to experiment with various interior design styles without making them clash. Notice how this black-and-white kitchen livens up because of the splash of colour from the corner. The feature wall is also decorated with wooden accents, a huge departure from the sterile kitchen space.

blue accent wall in kitchen

4. Add a feature wall in your bathroom

Don’t just limit yourself to your dining or living area. Your bathroom deserves a unique and exciting design feature, too. Since accent walls tend to create an illusion of depth, they’re useful for making a small bathroom look more spacious.

Luxury feature wall ideas

Sometimes, you have to go big or go home. You’re adding a feature wall anyway, why not use it to make your space look grand? Here are some bold and luxurious feature wall ideas to inspire you:

1. Add gold accents

Gold accents add a touch of class and elegance. They’re also great at brightening up dark wall colours. Experiment with lines and patterns for maximum impact.

gold and brown tiles on feature wall

2. Install a tufted feature wall

Nothing exudes luxury and comfort like adding a tufted feature wall. This ornate addition will make you feel like you’re part of an aristocratic family during the Victorian era.

tufted feature wall ideas for bedroom

3. Create a focal point in your bedroom

The wall where your headboard sits is an ideal place to play around with textures and patterns. You can add mirrors, too in case you’re decorating a smaller room. Not only are they attention-grabbing, but they can make a room appear larger and more open.

Bring your feature wall ideas to life

Feature walls make lovely additions to any room. They bring attention to the room’s focal point and also make the space more visually appealing. Moreover, you can use them to separate one section of a room from another.

Whether you’re renovating an entire house or simply looking for someone to help you with a small update, Superdraft can help. We can do the following:

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  • Provide you with a virtual 3D tour of your new design so you can see exactly what to expect
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