MY 10 FAVORITE WAYS TO CREATE A FEATURE WALL

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do when designing a space is to create a feature wall. Every room (in my opinion) should have a focal point that your eye is naturally drawn to. It’s the one wall/corner/nook in the room that grabs your attention and creates that wow factor.

In fact, creating a feature wall is usually the first thing I do when designing a room. Figuring out that focal point gives me direction and guides my decision making for the rest of the room.

My thought process for picking the feature wall goes something like this - I first find the wall that has the most potential to create a focal point. Sometimes this wall already has something that grabs my attention (like a fireplace or a wall of windows). Other times I’m staring at 4 blank walls with zero character in any corner. When this happens, I often pick the wall that I first see when I walk into the room. This then becomes my feature wall.

From here, I design a feature wall that compliments the existing features in the room and flows easily from one wall to the next. This feature wall then determines the style for the rest of the room as everything else (i.e. furniture, artwork, decor) should compliment and correlate with the focal point.

With that being said, below are a few of my favorite ways to create stunning feature walls!

 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. 3D wall art in one unifying color creates dimension and shadow-play. Photo by Silvia Falcomer.

1. 3D MONOCHROME WALL

I absolutely love when I see a well designed monochromatic living space. It’s one of the more difficult looks to accomplish as it can easily look dull or uninteresting. What I love even more is when I see a wall with dimension that’s painted in one unifying color. The solid color and the 3D aspects accentuate the shapes and shadows making the shadows more of the "artwork" and focal point than the 3D objects themselves.

Business - Coffee Sometime | Photographer - Silvia Falcomer


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Wainscoting as a focal point. Photo by Landon Vonderschmidt and Maxwell Tielman

2. WAINSCOTING

There’s a wide range of wainscoting that you could do from beadboard to board & batten. Pick a height for your wainscoting and paint it in a contrasting color to instantly add a dramatic effect. Honestly you don’t need much else to create a stunning focal point.

Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt + Maxwell Tielman | Article by Front + Main


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Reverse picture frame wainscoting in a restaurant. Photo by Girls Just Know.

3. REVERSE WAINSCOTING

I’m sure there’s a more professional interior design term for what I’m talking about, but for simplicity sake (and because I don’t have a clue what the professional name is called) I’m calling this reverse wainscoting. Aka picture frame wainscoting on the upper half of the wall. Look how stunning this is!! It’s an unexpected character boost that mimics architectural arches and I’m here for it!

Business - True True Diner | Photography by Girls Just Know


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Tile in the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. Home of Annabode.

4. TILE WALL

Whether you like a heavy patterned tile or mini mosaics, you can create a stunning focal point with tile! The most natural place for tile is in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, but there’s a time and place for tile in other spaces too. If you’re like me and you prefer simpler designs, I love a modern mosaic tile that lines the whole wall!

Home of Annabode | Photography by Kelli Kroneberger


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Floral Wallpaper in the bathroom is back. Design by Amber Interiors. Home of Emily Schuman

5. WALLPAPER

Remember when wallpaper was all the rage? And then it wasn’t…and then it was again! Ya, I can’t keep up with this trend either. Currently wallpaper is in…removable wallpaper I should say! Please no more super glue, permanent, scrape it till you can’t feel your fingers anymore wallpaper!! I have to admit, I don’t gravitate towards wallpaper for my own home but I do enjoy looking at wallpaper in other people’s homes!

Home of Emily Schuman | Design by Amber Interiors | Article by Camille Styles


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Use paint to create a focal point in your living room.

6. PAINT

One of the cheapest ways you can create a feature wall is with paint. And no, I’m not talking about painting just one wall in your room a different color. I challenge you to think outside the box and create focal points out of paint with unique patterns, shapes, and designs.

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My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Use vertical shiplap or planking to create a feature wall. Design by Bobby Berk.

7. VERTICAL WOOD SLATS

I have seen a plethora of shiplap walls and honestly I’m ready for something new. These vertical wood slats lean more on the modern side and they also elongate the wall making the ceiling feel taller than it actually is. Win win! Whether you keep the wood as is, stain, or paint it, this is an instant character boost for you home!

Design by Bobby Berk | Photography by Landon Vonderschmidt | Article by Front + Main


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Use an oversized mirror to create a focal point in your home or restaurant. Business - Cafe Altro Paradiso

8. OVERSIZED MIRROR

Sometimes all you need is a big mirror that takes up all the attention! Not only do mirrors demand attention but they also make the room feel bigger so honestly we need a mirror in all the rooms!

Business - Cafe Altro Paradiso | Article by Goop


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Use an oversized piece of artwork to create a focal point. Design by Pencil & Paper Co. Photography by Lauren Bradshaw.

9. OVERSIZED ARTWORK

So you’re not into mirrors? Ok, go with a large piece of artwork instead! You don’t need fancy patterns, colorful walls, or dramatic furniture if you have an oversized piece of art grabbing all the attention.

Design by Pencil & Paper Co | Photography by Lauren Bradshaw | Business - Nashville Dentistry Co


 
My 10 Favorite Ways to Create Feature Walls - Interior Design Tips by Nadine Stay. Use floor to ceiling curtains to create a dramatic focal point in the room. Design by Andrea Goldman

10. FLOOR TO CEILING CURTAINS

If you’re going for drama, go with floor to ceiling curtains! The luxurious fabric, the height it adds to the ceilings, and the dimension it brings to a space makes curtains feature worthy! If you have a wall of windows, this is especially a good idea! Just be sure to hang the curtain rod close to the ceiling and not directly above the window trim! I’ve got more info and advice on curtains here, here & here.

Design by Andrea Goldman

Until next time,

 
 
 

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