Feature walls get a bit of a bad rap. We reckon it's something to do with that early noughties trend, where everyone just painted one wall a really garish colour (usually purple) and thought it 'added interest' to their otherwise totally white rooms. Hey what can you say, it was cool at the time. But now adding a feature wall can mean so much more – creating a wall of open shelving, hanging a gallery wall, growing a living wall – just anything that creates a feature, well, of a wall.
Keep scrolling to check out how to create a simple chic feature wall in just a few hours and make sure you head over to our living room ideas hub page too for loads more easy weekend projects.
You will need:
- Tape measure
- Masking tape
- Three different paint colours
- Paint roller and tray
- Pine decorative beading
- Nails (or wall glue)
- Artwork of your choice
- Picture light (optional)
Step one: paint the feature wall
If you are changing the colour of the wall that the feature wall will feature on (what a mouthful) then do that first. Paint one coat and leave until touch dry then you can go in with another one if it needs it. Then wait at least 12 hours before putting anything on the wall.
Step two: paint the beading
While you wait for that to dry you can get on with painting the beading. Paint them in a colour that will contrast nicely against the wall colour. Here we have used a slightly lighter grey with works perfectly with the white and dark grey.
Step three: measure and tape your 'frames'
Once the wall paint is dry you can start to plan where your 'frames' will go – these are what your pictures will sit within so maybe use the pictures as a starting point to plan the size. Measure and mark the shapes (we've gone with classic rectangles) and then mask them off.
Step four: paint within the tape
Use your lightest shade of paint to paint within the masking tape. It might take two or three coats if the colour underneath is really dark, just wait for the paint to be touch dry between each coat.
Step five: cut the beading
While that's drying you can cut the beading down to size, use the lines of masking tape to determine the size of each length. Cut the edges on the diagonal so that fit together and create a frame.
Step six: fix the beading
Once all the paint is dry, remove the masking tape and either glue (we personally thinks this looks more finished) or nail the beading into place around the edges of the painted squares.
Step seven: hang your art work
All that's left to do is hang your artwork in the centre of the squares. You could give it an even more polished look and wall mount some picture lights.