Feature walls are an easy first project for anyone new to DIY — or for those looking to change up a duller space and create a striking focal point.
A feature wall is all about making a statement, so consider your space as a whole and select an area that will have the biggest impact. Are you looking to draw out a feature in the room such as a bookcase or looking to define different zones?
Typically it’s best to choose an area you want to draw attention to such as an alcove or fireplace, and use this accent colour or texture to better define the space. Avoid choosing a wall with windows that gives the room its natural light as these two focal points may clash.
The versatility and often chameleon-like qualities of grey make it a great choice for almost every style of home from contemporary to traditional. From welcoming warm greys through to cooler shades, explore the depths of this colour to find the perfect combination for your space.
A bright, bold hue is one of the simplest ways to brighten up and enhance any living space, so embrace electric blues or rich reds to really make your accent wall be your room’s most vibrant feature. Try choosing a shade that complements the other colours found in your space - whether that’s a piece of art, a rug or statement piece of furniture seen in this room using the velvet couch as colour inspiration.
Two-tone walls are a great way to make a room appear bigger if you're struggling with space. A monochromatic colour scheme is always a safe bet using shades of the same hue, whilst complementary colours can create a dynamic contrast. Be sure to choose your colour combinations with the help of our colour wheel to find the best pairing for your space.
The raw, industrial-inspired effect of polished concrete and sleek brushed metal can give your space a contemporary urban aesthetic. These textures also pair beautifully with raw materials such as timber floorboards and leather couches in the home. To bring a refined modern aesthetic to your space, try Onyx Edge; a dark, moody grey or go for the gleaming Tempered Bronze for a more luxe touch.
Mask your trim and load your brush by dipping it into the paint. Tap the side of the paint tin to remove the excess and start brushing a few centimetres from the corner or edge. Move the brush in a consistent motion to establish the line of the edge of the paint.
Open the paint can and stir your paint thoroughly. Load your roller and apply the first coat by rolling it in a ‘W’ motion on the wall, up and down. Cross over the same section as required and continue to paint along the wall until it is evenly covered.
For a smooth, even finish, lay-off your wall with an unloaded roller and roll it from top to bottom of the wall in a straight line. Then slightly go over the same spot and repeat across the wall to remove any streaks. Allow to dry before applying additional coats of paint.
Once your first coat is dry, reload your roller and repeat steps three and four until all bedroom walls have been painted with an even, consistent coverage. Depending on the previous paint colour, you may need to apply a third coat to achieve the best results.
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