One of the quickest and easiest ways to transform your space is to create a focal point in a room, a place to test out your artistic flair, but a space that can easily be reversed at little cost should that flair turn out to be an epic fail! We’re talking feature walls – that area in a room where the eye is naturally drawn to - an area that can add dramatic impact and create a visual focus through the clever use of tone and texture.
(Rokeby Park, Lucan, Co Dublin - Click here for more information)
RAZZLE DAZZLE THEM
Given the relatively small surface area on offer you can afford to push your comfort zone and go for something completely different. Select the area you want to highlight, be it the wall above your fireplace or the alcoves either side of your chimney breast and then take a look at your current colour scheme. While your feature wall will need to work with your existing colour palette, it can still add the wow factor to your space – given the time of year – think shine, sheen and metallic in either wallpaper or paint to add glamour to the festive season.
(Fairlawn House, Saval Park Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin - Click the image for more information)
For a feature wall you don’t need to be restricted to wallpaper or paint, there are alternative ways to create interest. Hang a cluster of images together in picture frames of different shapes and sizes, they don’t need to be symmetrical to have an impact, or take the same approach with mirrors, clocks or plates. For real drama opt for a wall to ceiling bookcase which will immediately draw the eye to that wall, perhaps deflecting the attention away from a less aesthetically pleasing aspect of the room! It’s all about adding a different dimension to your home for people to enjoy.
(Ard na Mara, Ardnaturrish Beg, Glengarriff, Co. Cork - Click the image for more information)
TIME TO SPLURGE
Small space, big budget – when decorating in a confined space you can exploit this advantage and go up a notch in the style and budget stakes – think of it as a test run if you are considering doing the whole room! The beauty of a feature wall is it’s comparable to a blank canvas to experiment with – if opting for wallpaper spend that bit extra and go for a high quality print that will look expensive and elevate your current interior.
(Millers Glen, Swords, Co Dublin - Click tthe image for more information)
JOIN THE DOTS
Enhance your feature wall through your soft furnishings to create a cohesive overall look, select the dominant colour and reflect this in your choice of accent shades throughout your room in scatter cushions, candles, lamps and throws. This will serve to bring the whole look together and beautifully complement your new creation!
(Castleknock Cross, Beechpark Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin 15 - Click the image for more information)