By Angela Steyn
The moment I utter the words “feature wall” to my clients, I can actually see their eyes widen and nostrils flare. So traumatised have we all been by the rust-red, suede-effect feature walls of years gone by, that to suggest creating a “feature” out of a “wall” is met with a certain degree of eyebrow raising to say the least.
Despite being perceived as a little daggy, feature walls remain my number one decorating tip for achieving depth in an interior space. The trick lies in the colour choice. By selecting neutral tones – charcoals, silver greys, stone beiges – the effect will simply enhance the existing space rather than create a polarising element. Pair a dark feature wall with bright white plantation shutters and you have one of the most dynamic decorating schemes going around. If you are feeling particularly brave, try wallpapering one wall and then painting an adjoining wall a complementary colour – stunning!
Another trick is to pick a palette and then carry that hue through your home in different intensities. A dark charcoal wall in the entrance hall can flow through to a beautiful dove grey in the lounge and an ethereal silver in the bedroom. If you practise restraint in this way, you will create a sense of harmony as you move throughout the home and the spaces will feel alive and full of personality.
A well-chosen feature wall colour will make everything in the room “pop” – artwork, sofas, lamps, headboards, you name it. So to avoid making your home look like a 1990s carpet commercial, just remember to stick with a subtle palette that will inject understated elegance rather than clashing chaos into your life.
Angela Steyn is an Australian interior designer, stylist and freelance writer who lives in Sydney with her young family. She is passionate about the impact beautiful surroundings have on the soul and believes that everyone should live in an environment that brings them joy on a daily basis.
Angela specialises in residential interior design and styling. See the interior design page to find out more about the range of services provided.