No longer mocked as a 1970s throwback, the contemporary feature wall can inject colour and personal style into any living space. We explore the options to make a space in your home really stand out and the costs that come with it.
The words “feature wall” may seem synonymous with sunken lounges and fondue sets, a vestige of the decade that style forgot.
But feature (or statement) walls have made a real comeback in recent years with interior designers and savvy DIYers reclaiming them from the rubbish tip of history and transforming them into statements of style.
From classic paint to high-tech fiber panels, there’s a wide range of materials for renovators to utilize in the creation of feature walls. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular products on the market.
Paint is a simple means by which to enhance the mood of any room. There are a huge range of color options and advice on mixing and matching colors to suit your taste and your color scheme.
Bold colors such as red, dark blue or even black offer a dramatic contrast against neutral-colored walls. Once the wall is painted, you can use cushions, curtains and other decorative items to bring the room together visually.
Paint is a good option for those on a budget – for a small wall you’ll probably only need two litres of paint for two coats.
From approximately $16* per qt.
Offering a wide range of colorways, patterns and textures, wallpaper creates a striking visual statement in a living space. From traditional William Morris-esque designs, to geometrical modernism, or stark minimalism, the wall paper you choose can help inject your idiosyncratic aesthetic into any room.
Suzannah Tonascia from Bolt of Cloth says that wallpaper has become a very popular option in recent years.
“We feel that it has taken over from painted walls in popularity. We are finding people are using wallpaper in all sorts of creative ways – behind splashbacks, as a detail behind a bed. Wallpaper is a great way to add personality to your home without great risk – it is relatively a small cost and if you decide you don’t like it down the track it is very easily changed.”
While high-quality designer wallpaper isn’t cheap by the roll, you don’t need many rolls for a single wall – probably just two 10m long rolls per wall.
Peel & stick from approximately $1.14* per sq. ft.
Wall decals are a lovely way to add some interest to an otherwise plain wall. There are options for every taste - from flowers and trees through to world maps and children's cartoons.
From $16* each
This project estimate article featured on page 42 of Issue 017 of New Zealand Renovate Magazine. New Zealand's first and only magazine solely dedicated to home renovations.
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