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Feature wall ideas – make a serious style statement with wallpaper, paint and more

Feature walls provide a canvas for trying out a colour or a design on a small scale that you would never go for on a larger one

Looking for a way to add instant wow to a space? Feature walls are a simple yet high impact way to transform any room in your home.

Apply these ideas to any space – see our all room ideas

Take a look at our best feature wall ideas to add a dramatic focal point to a space, from shimmering metallic and bird-inspired wallpapers to shiplap-style cladding and simple paint effects.

 

1. Tile an entire chimney breast

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Image credit: Colin Poole

Tiles around the hearth are nothing new – but not on this scale. Here, the chimney breast is clad in hand-glazed Moroccan tiles for a feature wall with a difference.

Enquire online: Petites Couleurs Turquoise glazed tiles, Emery et Cie

2. Scale up a floral wallpaper

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Thought florals were old fashioned? This bold backdrop will make you reconsider. The large scale and black base bring these blooms bang up to date, for a sophisticated and pretty but not twee feature wall. Blush bedding softens the look and a chevron-detail bedside chest is quirky and contemporary.

3. Hang a rug

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Rugs aren’t just for floors. Hang yours to a wall to bring pattern, texture and cosiness to a room. To do so, you’ll need a wooden batten the width of the rug, and velcro strips.

Attach one side of the strip to the rug, the other to the batten, then attach the batten to the wall using a drill and screws. Attach the rug and it’s job done.

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Buy now: Ideal Home Echota Rug, from, £59.99, Very 
Buy now: Ideal Home Society 2-Seater Premium Leather Sofa, £1,049, Very

4. Create a folk-story on your walls

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In a bedroom, set the tone for a lovely peaceful night’s sleep with a dreamy landscape behind the bed.

This folktale-esque wallpaper is an ideal option: deep colours, a richly decorative pattern and a modern Scandi style offer the perfect backdrop for petrol-blue bedroom furniture in luxe textiles and similarly elaborate bed linen.

Looking for more decorating ideas? READ: Bedroom wallpaper ideas

5. Tile your way to a statement bathroom

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You may not automatically think of a bathroom or cloakroom splashback as a feature wall, but this subtle design is a beautiful example of how it can become one. A glazed sage-green tile has been hung behind the basin in a herringbone pattern for an elegant alternative to standard white or slate metro tiles arranged in a standard running-bond or stacked pattern. The yellowy-coloured grouting looks golden against the gilded taps and bathroom accessories, making the whole space seem to glow with sophistication.

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Similar tiles, Fired Earth

6. Extend your statement wall overhead

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Who says a feature wall has to cover one wall…or that it can’t extend out in a different direction? This modern timber feature wall doubles as a kind of rustic canopy in this bedroom, and is an integral structural as well as decorative feature in the space.

The flooring, bed and bedside tables all feature the same sort of finish, making the disparate elements appear as one cocooning space. It’s like an adult treehouse, and we love it!

Want more feature wall ideas? READ: Living room wallpaper ideas – to completely transform your space

7. Perk up a children’s room with polka dots

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Some feature walls are less about being bold, and more about being playful – as this polka dot print proves. Light and lovely, the fresh black-on-white patterned wall has a lightness about it that’s ideal for a children’s room, as it makes a feature, without overpowering the space.

It’s also easy to layer up accessories in classic primary colours over against this effectively neutral design.

8. Pack a punch with gilded designs

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Set the tone in a dining room with a feature wall that treads the thin line between playful and sophisticated. A punchy gilded pineapple design like this might do the trick – the deep blue base colour provides depth and weight, while the golden fruit offers a lighthearted finish.

Blend with dark, modern furniture and other gleaming accent pieces and dinner parties instantly become more interesting!

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Wallpaper, Clarke & Clarke

9. Power up the energy in a study space

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Zone an area designated for home working using a strong wallpaper, like this classic design. The deep turquoise, chocolate brown and golden colour combination has a real heritage feel that lends itself well to the period style of the room.

Bring the look right up to date with fuchsia and petrol blue accents that really pop against this geometric design.

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Wallpaper, Cole & Son

10. Choose a simple way to make a statement

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Is the grey-painted wall here the feature of this kitchen diner, is it the oversized clock, or is it the combination of both together? Against the pitched roof of the extension, this single wall creates the sense of a statuesque (and rather large) cuckoo clock, but as feature walls go, it certainly makes a point.

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Similar clock, Notonthehighstreet

11. Elevate the finish of pink plaster

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We’re not quite sure why people always cover over plasterwork, when pink plaster can be such a lovely starting point for a living room decorating scheme.

This rich, almost-terracotta tone conjures up thoughts of the warmth of far-flung destinations and, combined with the rich velvet and woven textures in this living area, makes for an original and tactile option for walls in the home.

Similar wallpaper, Osborne & Little at John Lewis

12. Be bold in a bathroom with tiling

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Wallpaper isn’t the only route to a stand-out statement wall, as this bathroom proves. Be daring with your tiling options and create an energising bathing area – these angled tiles are designed to create a zig-zag pattern (vertically or horizontally, it’s your choice). Whether you opt for single tone or mix them up for a jazzy Deco-style finish like this, it’s a novel (in a good way) approach to wall tiles that easily outdoes the bathroom border tile.

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Similar tiles, Fired Earth

13. Create depth with dark colour

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Feature walls don’t have to be all about pattern, as this dining area shows. Here a single, deep blue wall actually makes a point of being understated, created calm and depth for the eye to rest on in this shabby-chic space. The choice of colour works beautifully with the pale wood, metallic chairs and pops of jade green and lemon yellow – in essence, it grounds the rest of the space.

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Similar paint colour, Fired Earth

14. Embrace to soothing properties of natural materials

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Whether you choose to clad your walls with real timber, or opt for a more affordable trompe l’oeil wallpaper, this panelled effect is a great way to boost a flat wall. The silvered tones of the wood create a soothing, cabin-like style, while the book stacks bring a personalised touch to the otherwise streamlined rough-luxe decor.

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Scrapwood wallpaper, Amara

15. Set the mood with a supersized mural

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Image credit: Colin Poole

If block colour is too plain for you, and patterned wallpaper too fussy, why not go BIG with a supersized wallpaper mural on one wall of your living area? This tree-lined vista creates a modern yet rustic woodland vibe for a restful guest bedroom.

16. Paint one wall a punchy colour

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If wallpaper seems too much faff, or you’re not a pattern person, then pick a punchy paint colour to set off your decor. This vibrant green really breathes extra life into this living room scheme, where a neutral base is layered up with bold blue and pink cushions.

17. Mix-and-match modern country finishes

A heritage wallpaper print makes a great addition to a rustic country bedroom, but it has the potential to be overwhelming, which is why it’s ideal to use it on a single wall.

Taking it up to the level of a traditional picture rail – rather than all the way to the ceiling – and keeping a clapboard finish above the rail height helps to keep the pattern in check without reducing its impact.

Inspired by these feature wall ideas? Then pick your wall and get creative. Let us know how you get on in!

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