Creative feature wall ideas you won't have thought of

Alternative wall designs that you won't have thought of - from lockers to handbags

Statement feature walls
add character to any room.

Check out these alternative ideas to block colours and wallaper designs...

Window wonder

room with white wall and blue curtains and blue arm chair

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If you have tremendous windows like this Georgian property, then make these your feature. Swamped in bright curtains that fall to the floor, they certainly are striking.

Lock it away

bedroom with grey locker and wallpaper wall

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Get nostalgic and take yourself back to your school days with this unconventional feature wall - plus those lockers make pretty nifty storage.

Stencil art

blue wall with white cloth stand and white table

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These stencil slabs may be simple in colour, but when layered they make a big impact. Alternatively, you could paint over the stencils and then remove to reveal a unique bright pattern on a plain wall.

Headboard detail

bedroom with white wall and bedside lamp and white pillow and yellow throw

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If your bedroom is neutral and you're looking to add some character then opt for a statement headboard - this is also a great trick if you're renting and can't decorate the walls.

Tile temptation

bathroom with tiles wall and ladder towel rack and bathtub

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Tile a wall from floor to ceiling to make a big impact in a room. This is particularly ideal in bathrooms or kitchens where splashes and steam need a waterproof material on the wall, plus you can create a fun design like this pastel chevron pattern.

The writing is on the wall

room with wooden floor and sofa and coffee table

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Instead of cluttering the work surfaces or taking up shelf space, hang letters on the wall for all to read.

Mural magic

room with wallpaper and cloth stand and basket and table

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Murals offer more than patterned wallpaper - they create a picture or a landscape that will shape the rest of the room's style and feel. This woodland scene has been paired with crocodile-green and floral finishes to complete the botanical look.

Bold bookcases

room with white wall book shelves and wooden floor and dining table with chairs

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Being an office of editors and bookworms, a bold bookcase is absolutely essential in our homes. This simple white case is rammed with bright paperbacks and battered books that catch your eye as soon as you enter the room.

Bare the brick

kitchen area with brick wall and wooden counter with ceramic countertop

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Bare brick walls or exposed timbers add character to a period home, but even if you live in a modern build you can still capitalise on this architecture. In this modern kitchen, the brick wall adds terracotta warmth to the neutral units.

Wooden panels

room with white wall and dining table with chairs and ceiling lamp lights

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Wooden panels instantly remind us of the seaside. Whilst they are often seen in the bathroom or on the lower level of a wall, we love this full wall piece. It doesn't even have to be painted in a contrasting colour to make a statement.

Handbag boutique

bedroom with handbadgs wall and bedside lamp

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It is becoming more fashionable to showcase your clothes like they're ornaments thanks to walk-ins and door-less wardrobes. Go to the extreme and pin your bags up to add a contemporary dimension to any room.

Stylish stone

room with texture wall and orange arm chairs and flower vase

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This room looks suitably chic thanks to the exotic furniture, illuminated colours and that stone wall.

Map magic

map wallpaper with living area and white sofa with cushions and book shelves

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Love to travel? Then this feature is for you. Forget statement wallpaper and instead paste individual sheets of varying sized maps for a one-of-a-kind wall.

Hat museum

room with white wall and hats on walls and fireplace and chairs

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If you can pin handbags on the wall, why can't you hang hats, too? Bowlers, caps, fedoras and boaters all work together on this statement wall that is sure to be a talking point.

Photo gallery

bedroom with blue wall and photos on wall

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Framed photo galleries may have been done time and time again, but these streams of Polaroid photos hanging like clothes from a washing line are perfect in a teen's bedroom.

Thea Babington-Stitt
Thea Babington-Stitt

Thea Babington-Stitt is the Assistant Editor for Ideal Home. Thea has been working across some of the UK’s leading interiors titles for nearly 10 years. 

She started working on these magazines and websites after graduating from City University London with a Masters in Magazine Journalism. Before moving to Ideal Home, Thea was News and Features Editor at Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc and Country Homes & Interiors.