Feature wall ideas: 15 ways to create a focal point in any room

If you're looking for a way to add a focal point, plus a ton of interest to a room, these feature wall ideas have you covered...

Feature wall ideas
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On the hunt for some actually stylish feature wall ideas? We all remember when painting one wall in an otherwise beige room was the go-to solution for creating a feature wall. But it's moved on – and some. With more imaginative finishes, textures and prints it is no longer limited to just paint. We are talking wall stickers, murals, houseplants, floating shelves and more… 

So, if you are feeling inspired to do more than just add a pop of colour, check out our stylish feature wall design ideas. 

Looking for more design inspiration? Our living room ideas page is great place to start.

1. Get an industrial feel with exposed brick 

Exposed brick wall painted in Farrow and Ball


(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

A wall of exposed bricks has long been a seen as a holy grail of interiors, something that we are all desperate to have as a feature wall in our homes. For some lucky home owners stripping away old plaster will instantly reveal an expanse of beautiful brick, for others it’s more a fake until you will make it situation, with the help of wallpaper or brick slips. 

If you've revealed your bricks but are disappointed with the finish, you can draw attention to the wall by keeping the brick texture, but hide the mismatched or ugly colours with a freshly painted finish.

Inspired? Use our guide to creating a feature wall with exposed brick walls to achieve a similar look.

2. Or fake it with an exposed brick effect wallpaper

White washed brick wallpaper by Wallsauce

(Image credit: Wallsauce)

Real exposed brick isn't a realistic option for everyone – particularly if you're renting or live in a new build – which is where stylish brick effect wallpaper or mural comes in. It's half the hassle, but achieves the same industrial feel that so many homeowners are after.

Find a similar exposed brick wall mural at Wallsauce check out our bedroom ideas feature for more inspiration. 

3. Add impact with a wall mural

Painted mural in a dark living room


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Wall murals are definitely the new (more affordable) alternative to artwork. Why spend a fortune on an oversized piece of art when you could choose a print that covers an entire wall? 

We love the dark and moody vibes of the floral mural in this living room, you can find really similar prints at Surface View

Like the idea of murals, but not this mural? Check out our pick of the best mural design ideas for more inspiration.

4. Be on trend with colour blocking 

Blue and white living room by Vanessa Arbuthnott


(Image credit: Vanessa Arbuthnott)

We know we said feature walls were no longer just about paint, but bear with. Colour blocking has been a major trend this year and adds a load more interest than just a wall of one block colour. 

We can’t get enough of this fresh white and blue combination – perfect for a fresh finish in a light-starved living space. 

There's plenty more inspiration over in our colour block ideas feature, too.

5. Wall stickers aren't just for kids' rooms

bedroom with white scheme and blossom wallstickers from Oakdene Designs


(Image credit: Oakdene Designs)

Wall stickers may not seem like the most grown up solution for a feature wall idea, but we promise there are some really gorgeous designs out there. Plus if you are an interior design commitment-phobe or renting your place, they are a pretty easy to remove.  

Use one to make more of a focal wall – such as behind your sofa or at the head of your bed. 

Browse our pick of the best wall stickers if this idea has taken your fancy.

6. Create a living wall

living room with overwhelming collection of houseplants

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We all love house plants, so why limit yourself to just a single Monstera? Try adding plenty of plants to your shelves to create the look of a living wall or get yourself some hanging pots . See, indoor gardening is easy.

La Redoute eye mirror


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Got an ever expanding collection of much-loved art, family photos or favourite postcards? Try grouping them together to create a gallery wall.

If symmetry is your thing, measure them carefully before hanging to get even spacing. If you like a more laid back approach, just work out your arrangement on the floor first prior to picking up your hammer. 

Check out our tips for how to displaying photos to get the best results first time. There's tons of ideas in our inspirational gallery walls ideas feature, too.

8. Enhance space with a mirror wall

Gallery wall of mirrors

(Image credit: Stuart Cox)

It’s the oldest interior design trick in the book: a strategically placed mirror can make a room feel bigger. But rather than just hanging one large mirror, combine lots of mirrors in different shapes, sizes and styles to add extra interest. 

Find tips on recreating this look in our guide to mirror ideas.

9. Go for a statement wallpaper

Floral dining room with wallpaper by Little Greene


(Image credit: Little Greene)

Possibly even easier than just painting one wall, wallpaper is a super simple feature wall idea. If you are working with a small space or a narrow wall in a hallway, go for a large-scale, bold print, but keep the background light and bright. 

10. DIY an ombre wall

Ombre wall in a dining room


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It would seem that the ombre effect is a trend that’s not going anywhere. It started on the catwalk, spread to our hair styles, and now the dip dye style has seeped into our homes.

The best thing about an ombre wall? It’s actually super simple to do yourself, just check out our step-by-step guide to how to paint an ombre accent wall. Need more convincing? There's plenty more inspiration in our awesome ombre paint effect ideas.

11. Use floating shelves for a quick and easy feature wall

Yellow sofa with artwork on shelves

(Image credit: Loaf.com sofa)

Putting up a few floating shelves is possibly the easiest and most inexpensive way to create a feature wall. Copy this feature wall idea and layer up your photos and knick knacks just as you would with a gallery wall, but unlike a gallery wall, you can constantly switch up your display. 

Decided this is the look for you? Browse our shelving ideas feature next.

12. Add a rustic feel with a 'wood' feature wall 

Lucy Kemp Victoria Road house: Dark bedroom with parquet wood-effect wall behind bed

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies © Future)

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. 

13. Use temporary wallpaper in a bathroom to create an instant feature wall

Removable wallpaper in a bathroom

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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!

14. Paint a cute pattern in a kid's room

Ikea hack with side board and rainbow paint

(Image credit: Ikea/Benjamin Edwards)

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. 

15. Add a feature wall to your garden!

Garden wall transformation

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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. 

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