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5 professionals tips for creating the right feature wall

Johannes van Graan Johannes van Graan
Brockley Extension and Conversion Modern bathroom by Urbanist Architecture Modern
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Located in London, RIBA-chartered Urbanist Architecture has been practising UK planning law and residential architecture for over a decade. Firmly committed to increase the quality of clients’ lives through architectural designs, the Urbanist Architecture team continues to grow and evolve as they take on one project (such as obtaining planning permission for relevant projects, implementing renovations and conversions, designing newly built houses and flats, etc.) after another. 

And since the Urbanist Architecture team is very familiar with all things related to architectural designs, we thought we’d use their skills and experience (via visuals of their past projects) to tackle a very interesting topic today: feature walls. As we know, a feature (or accent) wall is a great way to play with colours, shapes, texture and patterns to make a certain part of a room become a tad more prominent. 

But how do you choose the right piece for an accent wall? Does that room even need an accent piece? And how does colour play into all this?

Let’s find out…

1. Look to your architecture

The wall that you want to highlight should ideally be the first space the eye is drawn to when entering that room. And here is where certain architectural features, like fireplaces or mantelpieces, can help point you in the right direction. 

Always avoid walls with doors or windows, if possible – these only detract from the effect you’re after. 

2. Play with paint

Spacious cinema room by Urbanist Architecture Modern Marble
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Spacious cinema room

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Want to zhoosh up that focal wall within a day and without spending a fortune? Then a bucket of paint is your best bet, since it’s relatively easy repainting wall surfaces should that accent wall you’ve been dreaming about not turn out the way you expected it to. 

Ensure that the colour or pattern you pick complements the rest of the room. The easiest way to go about this is to pick a colour that’s already present in the room (such as Cobalt blue in a painting), and then opting for a tint similar to that colour for your accent wall (i.e. a Cerulean blue). 

3. Stay out of small and crowded rooms

Loft Conversion Bathroom Modern bathroom by Urbanist Architecture Modern
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Loft Conversion Bathroom

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Adding an accent wall, which is usually made up of bright or bold colours / patterns, to a small room will only make it look smaller. The same with a space where there is already a lot going on in terms of design, furniture pieces, etc. You don’t need any more detail to confuse the eye and create a sense of chaos, so rather find a bigger feature in a bigger room to play with colours, patterns or textures. 

4. Don’t fear wallpaper

A lot of people are hesitant to decorate with wallpaper as it can be tricky taking it down again. Fortunately, creative designers and inventors have gifted us with plenty of peel-and-stick options that are so much easier to remove once you change your mind. 

Take some time to examine a few wallpaper rolls – which of those have the right combination of colour and texture to add more ‘wow’ to your accent wall? 

5. Mix materials

Comfortable bathroom Minimalist bathroom by Urbanist Architecture Minimalist Tiles
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Comfortable bathroom

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Don’t limit your creativity by thinking you only have paint and wallpaper to play with. For an accent wall, you can also craft a look-at-me design with tile, stone, reclaimed wood, Mediterranean tiles… so many options to consider! Just ensure your final design doesn’t make that room look cluttered or busier than it was before you attempted to add a focal wall! 

Next up: 8 ways to design and lay out your small living room in 2020

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