Feature walls allow homeowners to play and experiment with different colors, textures, shapes, and patterns. Having a feature wall provides homeowners with the opportunity to add visual interest and texture to a space without breaking the bank. Painting one of the interior walls, for instance, generates interest without overwhelming the senses.
The color, effect or finish used on an accent wall depends on the homeowner’s or designer’s creativity or willingness to take risks. If you are thinking of having a statement wall in your home, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Color stripes
Painting in blocks of color is one way to set the tone inside the space. Streaks of bright colors, for instance, can make any room appear vibrant and airy. It’s an excellent choice for sunrooms or bedrooms for children.
On the other hand, dark, monotonous colors create a more intimate feel. With dark colors, the space would look more sophisticated.
Alternating stripes of light and dark colors can break up the feel of a dark space. The chunky lines don’t have to fill the entire room or even one wall. Designers, builders, and contracting companies can paint stripes on just one area of the room, such as above the mantel.
Vertical stripes also create the illusion of space. As such, they are great for small rooms. Pair the lines with neutral-colored furniture to complement the look.
2. Use textured paint
Some paints look flat when applied on a surface, such as a wall or ceiling. Unlike regular paint, cans of textured paint add detail and depth.
Textured interior decorative paints some in a wide range of colors, textures, and finishes. For instance, a combination of plaster and decorative paints can make your surfaces appear like stone, distressed wood, brick, and so much more.
3. Apply wallpaper
High-end wallpaper generates interest without long-term commitment. Peel-and-stick options, for instance, are easy to apply and remove.
Much like paint, wallpaper comes in a wide variety of colors, designs, patterns, and even textures. Visit a few wallpaper stores, and you can find a roll that suits your unique needs and tastes.
An alternative to using actual wallpaper is to recreate the effect using paint rollers. It is more labor-intensive, but you can choose your own colors or shades to create the effect you want.
4. Choose the right wall
Statement walls are surfaces that your eye is first drawn to when you enter a space. If you have trouble deciding which surface to turn into an accent wall, look for the focal point in the area. Once you find the focal point, turn that wall, or the one nearest it, as the statement wall.
Focal points can be a wide variety of things. They can be existing architectural elements such as a fireplace, built-in bookcases, stonework, or paneling. They can also be a large piece of artwork, sculpture, or significant pieces of furniture, such as a king-size bed or a sofa.
It is important to note that not all decorative elements should be used as focal points. Doors and windows should not be used as a focal point. Doing so can diminish the effect you are attempting to create.
5. Paint an ombre
Get creative without using a wacky combination of colors by using the ombre technique. The ombre style involves combining two or more paints. However, with an ombre, you don’t mix the colors in the can, but on the wall itself.
The ombre is unlike most other techniques. With stripes, chevrons, or even recreating the night sky, the aim is to make each paint stroke appear distinct over the others.
With the ombre effect, the aim is to blend the colors together, using the wall as the canvas. The blending technique creates a soothing effect. Gradients can be used to recreate the skies at sunrise or sunset, show the depth of water, autumn leaves, or even the subtle differences in animal fur.
Achieving the ombre effect is easy, but it can create a stunning effect. Plus, almost any series of colors can be used to create the effect. Try it today.
6. Use a different material
Another way to generate interest is to play with different materials. For instance, you can have three walls in paint while your statement wall features stone or bricks. It is a great way to add interest to your mantel, a kitchen wall, or an entertainment system.
Use this technique to create a rustic look in your space or home. You can also combine two different surface treatments. For instance, you can use a combination of paint and wood planks as accents.
The contrast between the different surface treatments creates a look that does not appear delicate. You can even use used wood to create a more rustic effect in your bedroom, living room, or kitchen.
7. Add artwork
Having an accent wall can focus your attention toward one wall or area of the room. But contrary to popular belief, the wall itself does not always have to make a statement. Instead of using the wall as the focal point, you can use it as the backdrop for your masterpiece.
For instance, you can apply a layer of paint in a different hue to make one wall stand out over the others. Hanging prints, photographs, crocheted pieces, or other framed artworks is one way to add your own personality without making it overwhelming.
Using framed artwork in different shapes and sizes can easily create a cluttered look, if not arranged properly. Before you put the first nail or screw on the wall, do a mental plan of how you want to organize your artwork. Lay out the pieces on the floor to give you an idea of which pieces should go where.
There are many ways to create a statement wall. These are only a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
As you can see, creating a focal wall does not have to be costly or labor-intensive. By using these ideas as inspiration, you can have an accent wall that exudes your style and personality.
Ralph El Eid is the Business Development Manager at COLORTEK – Wall & Floor Fashion. EQUIPAINT is the franchise owner of COLORTEK in Dubai (U.A.E.) and Doha (Qatar); an international paints manufacturer specializing in the widest range of decorative paints and seamless concrete & resin flooring, with a unique showroom concept, and thus an ideal destination for homeowners, consultants, architects, interior designers and paint applicators.