Wallpapers for feature walls - my pick of the best

Looking for the perfect wallpaper to create a feature wall? Designer and TV presenter Sophie Robinson chooses her favourite designs, to add wow to any room.

Wallpaper is a terrific way to instantly add pattern, colour and interest to a room scheme. While some believe feature walls are becoming a little out of date, I think they can still work wonders if you go really bold or, better still, use a mural to create a striking focal point in your room. My advice on getting the feature wallpaper to be a success is to then integrate it with the rest of your scheme - make sure your accessories link in with the same colour or pattern story, as a room is viewed in the round.

Grey Wallpaper with pink flamingoes

(Image credit: Cole & Son)

1. Flamingos by Cole & Son


Colour Code: 66/6042
Pattern Repeat: 72 cm
Roll Size: 53cm x 10.05m
Product type: Paste-the-wall product
Other options: It also comes in soft off white, Charcoal and Aqua.

What could be better than a flamboyance of pink flamingoes on a feature wall? This stunning wallpaper design is not new, but it's most certainly a good one - given a new lease of life thanks to the flamingo interiors trend growing in popularity this season. Seen here on a light grey background.

Flamingos by Cole & Son, £76, John Lewis

Plant with hanging ornaments with flowers and beautiful colourful birds

(Image credit: Kit Miles)

2. Ecclesiastical Botanica Wallpaper Panel


Roll Size: Panel H260 W140cm
Product type: Paste the wall
Other options: Also available on cotton velvet and natural linen upon request.

Large-scale and intensely ornamental wallpaper with a lyrical and often surprising use of colour. The hanging ornaments seem to dance, as if flickering in a surreal otherworldly light, while ornate birds adorn a nest with glimmering found objects. 

Ecclesiastical Botanica Wallpaper Panel, £149, Kit Miles

18th-century characters with fountain, cherub, sheep, doves and hunting motifs wallpaper

(Image credit: C Brewer and Sons)

3. C Brewer and Sons Toile Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 53cm
Roll Size: 10.05m x 52cm
Product type: Paste the wall
Other options: Yellow and red versions are also available

Classic toile design with a pretty, romantic pastoral scene and 18th-century characters with fountain, cherub, sheep, doves and hunting motifs. Wonderful in the hot pink Moreton Pinkney on an off-white background.

C Brewer and Sons Toile Wallpaper, £48, Wallpaper Direct

White cupboard with lamp on top in front of colorful floral Wallpaper

(Image credit: TBC)

4. Black Edition Kansai Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 102cm
Roll Size: 70cm x 10.05m
Other features: Extra-wide design

Striking floral-print wallpaper that evokes contemporary blooms in a multitude of colours, immersed beneath a soft flow of rippling water.

Black Edition Kansai Wallpaper, £200, Jane Clayton

Painted chair on wooden floor in front of blue wallpaper

(Image credit: TBC)

5. Paola Navone Addiction Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: No pattern repeat
Roll Size: 10m x 48.7cm
Product type: Paste the wall.

Stunning celebration of blue in wallpaper form. Designer Paola Navone uses the colour constantly, from her dinnerware to tiles and from sofas to sconces. This wallpaper comes from her Addiction collection, which is an ode to the hue.  

Paola Navone Addiction Wallpaper, £199, Rockett St George

White and grey cranes flying in green and white clouds

(Image credit: Wallpaper Direct)

6. Harlequin Cranes In Flight Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 76cm
Roll Size: 10.05m x 69cm
Product type: Paste the wall
Other features: Extra-wide design
Other options: Other colours are also available

Oriental-inspired wallpaper featuring hand-drawn effect cranes on an all-over cloud background. Shown in Emerald.

Harlequin Cranes In Flight Wallpaper, £58, Wallpaper Direct

Grey wallpaper with monkeys hanging and playing on ropes

(Image credit: House of Hackney)

7. Troop Dusk Wallpaper


Roll Size: Three 3m x 45cm lengths
Product type: Paste the wall

Fabulous design from the Art Deco Menagerie series that features stylish animal motifs on striped backgrounds. Designed to add interest to small and less visible corners of your room. 

Troop Dusk Wallpaper, £128, House of Hackney

Yellow, white and grey poppies wallpaper

(Image credit: Wallpapers of Distinction)

8. Villa Nova Makela Quince Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 61cm
Roll Size: 10.05m x 52cm

Bold, oversized poppy-design wallcovering that has been printed using a special surflex technique that creates the appealing hand-painted appearance.  

Villa Nova Makela Quince Wallpaper, £48, Wallpapers of Distinction

Beautiful grey three dimensional flower wall paper

(Image credit: Graham and Brown)

9. Marcel Wanders Wall Flower Grey Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 53cm
Roll Size: 10m x 52cm
Product type: Paste the wall

This intriguing design has a trompe l'oeil effect of carved stone, but is actually flat to the touch. It looks great as a feature or, for real drama, use on all four walls. Produced on a non-woven base so it is easier to hang and remove.  

Marcel Wanders Wall Flower Grey Wallpaper, £20, Graham and Brown

Mosaic-style squares wallpaper with large colourful butterflies

(Image credit: Designer Wallpapers)

10. Osborne and Little Butterfly House Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: 68.5cm
Roll Size: 10m x 68.5cm
Other options: Also available in Aqua

Modern design with mosaic-style squares that create large-scale butterflies in a pixellated, digital style. From a distance the design looks like a cross-stitch patterns. Shown in Soft Gold.

Osborne and Little Butterfly House Wallpaper, £59, Designer Wallpapers

Wooden chair in front of wooden wallpaper and white skirting

(Image credit: TBC)

11. NLXL Scrap Wood Wallpaper


Pattern Repeat: No pattern repeat
Product type: Paste the wall
Other features: Easy to create a feature wall because there's no wastage

This lifelike scrap wood design, by the famous designer Piet Hein Eek, is a great way to introduce a striking feature wall in a living space.  

NLXL Scrap Wood Wallpaper, £199, John Lewis