Four simple steps to creating the perfect feature wall

Feature walls add instant style creds to any room and are a great way to experiment with colour. They’re the perfect project for a FOMU fighter, delivering big results in just a few easy steps. Follow these four simple tips for a feature wall that is guaranteed to impress! 


Choose the right wall in your room:

Before you consider colours or pick up a paint brush, it is important to select the right wall for your project. 


Position your feature wall behind the centrepiece of your room to ensure it catches your eye the minute you walk into a space. For example, in a bedroom, this would be the wall directly behind the bed, while in a living room you could opt for the wall behind your lounge or television. 


Remember, it is best to avoid walls with windows or doors, as a feature wall won’t have the same level of impact here.


Strike a balance with colours:

So, you’ve found the ideal wall in your home and now it is time to talk colour! 


Following the 60-30-10 rule will help you achieve balance within your room. In this rule, use lighter colours for the larger portion of the room (60%) so it appears more spacious, then contrast (30%) with a complementary darker colour for your feature wall. Finally add some colourful detailing and accents throughout (10%), such as trimmings, soft furnishing and accessories.


If you’re stuck for ideas, then check out some of our inspirational colour schemes


There is no such thing as too many sample pots, so when you have a few options in mind, head to Bunnings to pick up some samples. Instead of painting a sample directly on to your wall, paint a piece of white A4 paper and use blue tack to adhere to the wall to see what it might look like in your home.


Prep your space
Before you start painting it is time to prep! Move all furniture away from your feature wall and cover it with a drop sheet. Then lay another drop sheet to protect floors and 

mask up any skirting boards, trims and electrical switches on the wall you’ll be painting.


Next, you’ll need to clean your walls and ceiling with sugar soap. It’s tempting to skip this step, but remember, a clean surface is your best insurance against a ruined paint job.


Depending on the current colour of the wall you’re painting, you may need to use a primer next. British Paints Prep 4in1™ is a great primer option for interior projects.


Get painting! 


It is finally time to paint your feature wall! Armed with British Paints Clean & Protect™ and a paint roller, you’ll achieve a great looking finish in no time at all. 


When your paint has been poured and you’re ready to roll, place your feet towards the wall and grip the roller with firm but relaxed hands. You’ll need to start at one side of the wall and work towards the other, never starting in the middle, as this can result in an uneven finish. Finally, as you let your roller work its magic, remember to always paint in a W pattern for best results.


Give your paint time to dry, then apply a second coat if needed. Enjoy your stylish, new feature wall while you brainstorm your next DIY challenge.