Injecting style and colour in a room doesn’t mean that the entire space needs a design overhaul.

Whatever the area, a feature wall is a fun and impressive way to add a chic pop of colour without breaking the bank or overpowering the look of a space.

Whether the area of your home is in the bedroom, living room or even in a hallway, a feature wall is a great opportunity to add some attention-grabbing appeal.

There are many different ways to add a focal point to the area, whether it is a large room or a small shelving nook above the stairs, and many stylish homes have started to incorporate this contemporary look.

Why Use a Feature Wall?

The first step in creating a feature wall is determining why to use a feature wall in the first place. If you have important artwork to display or a hobby to show off, or if you just want to add some personality to a space without redesigning the entire area, a feature wall might be perfectly suited to your design needs.

The next step in adding a focal point is deciding what colour scheme is in play. If the walls are already painted and the room is furnished, it’s easier to choose a colour to help accent or add a pop of contrast, but patterns and hues can create an endless number of colour options.

Once you have a colour or pattern in mind, you can move on to choosing materials. Wallpaper, tile, paint and different styles of showcasing artwork can all create an interesting and important focal point to showcase paintings, artwork or some personality to the natural line of sight.

Consider Adding Wall Stickers

Wall stickers are one material that has really become popular in interior design over the last decade.

These stickers are easy to remove and provide many different looks for your room that you can move and replace.

Adding a daring, life-size retro sticker, or creating your own pattern of smaller wall stickers, adds a unique touch to help show personality.

For a more ornate look that can add utility—as well as style—to your home staging, create a wall of storage with different shelving units. The storage shelves can be all different shapes, sizes and colours to be the focal point, or the shelves can be uniform to boldly stand out against the wall colour and showcase the items that sit atop.

Shelves aren’t the only item that can be grouped to create a focal point. Polaroids, empty picture frames, artwork, mirrors and plates can all combine to create stunning feature walls.

Getting Your Wall Noticed

Once the colour and materials have been chosen for the feature wall, the idea is to make the wall really stand out from the rest of the room and maximize the attention. Opening the area around the wall and using simpler accents in the immediate area will add punch and make the statement that you are intending.

When it comes time to sell, a captivating design can make a big difference.


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About The Author

Trish Cantwell is the founder of Showhomes Presentations, a New Zealand home staging business. Trish has more than 30 years of experience and formal training in colour and design.

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  • great advice, thanks :-)


  • this looks really effective.


  • I’m developing a feature wall with photos of family members with a variety of frame colours and textures. It’s a fun project. The feature wall can help to make the house reflect your personality.


  • Love a feature wall, though we don’t have one, I worked where we were building houses in a gated estate, and each one had a feature wall, looked lovely.


  • That looks very eye catching. Love it!


  • That looks really cute. My daughter would like it in her room


  • Thats looks amazing…super professional


  • It looks very good. With a little bit of creativity every empty space in the house can become the centerpiece!


  • What a great idea. I really need to get my creative on!


  • very effective


  • This looks so amazing. Very modern


  • worked out so well. thanks for sharing.


  • just in time for my re-decor idea. great!


  • Love these ideas. Can’t wait to try them out!


  • That picture looks great – removable stickers are great.


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