Feature wall ideas have had a bit of a bad rap in the world of interiors over the last few years. We were all obsessed with painting one wall in various bright hues back in the early 2000s, and while we are firm believers that some things should stay in 2001 (ahem, blonde streaks, low rise jeans, baker boy hats), we think feature walls have a place in 2020.
We've seen loads of lovely examples on interiors shoots, on Instagram and on Pinterest of how feature walls can really work – and, in fact, totally transform a room, adding texture, colour and pattern . And they go so far beyond using just paint... so keep on reading for feature wall ideas that are really easy to copy...
1. Go for a rustic wood feature wall
Herringbone and parquet patterns are everywhere at the moment, well, we say everywhere, mostly just on floors, but we love it on the walls too! It adds such a lovely rustic feel to this bedroom, and works so well to warm up the blue of the painted walls. If you love this feature wall idea, check out Wayfair they have a really similar design.
Check more bedroom wallpaper ideas in our gallery.
2. Expose a brick wall
We LOVE LOVE LOVE exposed brick as a feature wall. Now if you are lucky, you will find beautiful bricks under your plaster and it can be a straightforward, if not slightly messy, DIY project to expose. We have a guide to how to create an exposed brick wall if you want a step by step, but it basically goes like this: strip back layers of plaster until your get to the original brick; once you've got to that and it's in good condition you can do what you like with it; leave it bare (but coat it with a suitable clear finish to stop it shedding), paint it, hang shelves on it.
3. Use temporary wallpaper in a bathroom to create an instant feature wall
Oh how gorgeous and glam is this bathroom feature wall? This crane print is giving us Gucci vibes (yes, Gucci make wallpaper, and yes, it's gorgeous, and yes, it's extortionate), the lovely green colours and the Oriental style print are just so dreamy. But this is actually a peel and stick wallpaper by Wallpapers4beginners and is only £38.65 a roll. Winning!
4. Add a smart gallery wall to a hallway
We are big fans of gallery walls in all rooms, but they do work particularly in hallways because they add loads of pattern without taking up any floor space – a big plus in hallways. We have loads of gallery wall ideas over in our feature, but our top tip would be, come up with a colour scheme for your feature wall. Pick prints and photos that have a bit of a cohesive look just so the gallery wall doesn't look too busy and overwhelm the space.
5. Paint a cute pattern in a kid's room
A kid's bedroom is a space you can get really fun and creative in, so they are the perfect space for a feature wall. We love this really easy DIY idea, all you need to do is create the rainbow shade with masking tape and then paint in between the gaps.
For more kid's bedroom ideas check out our gallery.
6. Add a feature wall to your garden!
Yes, you can add a feature wall to your garden! Look at this gorgeous idea from @the_colour_file. This amazing transformation was done with just paint and masking tape (our two fave things right now) and has instantly added a lovely feature wall to a plain old brick wall.