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40 Feature wall ideas – bedroom, living room, outdoor and more

By Elise Hodge

Updated: May 4th, 2020

It's time to add a splash of colour to your space!

Whether you want to make a drastic change to your home design or add a subtle upgrade, a feature wall could be just the thing you need. Feature walls give your indoor or outdoor spaces a decorative focal point and they can completely transform the style of your house without the huge expense of redecorating an entire room. Because they are such an inexpensive way to make a difference, it’s a great weekend project so let’s take a look at 40 different feature wall ideas.

When it comes to choosing your standout feature wall, there are just so many options. Let your imagination run wild with timber, brick, pink chevron tiles or palm-print wallpaper. Basically, if you can dream it up, you can have it on your wall!

And feature walls aren’t just reserved for the living room either, you can create an accent wall in any room of the house – from tiny corner nooks to your guest toilet (yes, even the toilet!). It’s time to pull out the paintbrush and grab some patterned wallpaper because your home is about to get a serious makeover.

1. Shiplap wall

Spruce up a study corner with some timber panels and a coat of paint. This is a sophisticated way to add texture and detail to your space. Deep blue is a very on-trend colour right now, and it looks particularly great with brass or gold hardware.

Dark shiplap feature wall
Source: Plank and Pillow

2. Textured brown

When it comes to paint, you may think you have to stick to the usual one-colour approach or matte finish – but you don’t! You can shake things up by creating a textured look using a mix of shades. This wall combines a deep brown with lighter brown and touches of white. And the brown feature wall is the perfect base for the pink and grey bedding.

Brown feature wall
Source: Dulux

3. Deep green

This is one of the most trending colours this year, and with good reason. Dark green makes a bold statement in any space, especially against white walls. This colour goes well with pops of yellow, gold, deep violet and light green. And remember, you don’t have to leave a feature wall bare! Fancy it up with paintings and pictures in ornate frames.

Deep green wall
Source: House Beautiful

4. Frame a feature piece

If you have an area of your room that you want to highlight, bring attention to it by painting a feature wall around it. Take this fireplace, for example. The brick has been painted white while the surrounding wall has been lacquered in rich black paint. Accessorise this space with black frames, a monochrome rug and throw pillows to tie it all together.

Living room
Source: Brio Interior Design

5. Paint a built-in wardrobe

Built-in wardrobes can be a pain but they can also be a blessing in disguise. Turn your existing wardrobe into a fancy feature wall by painting it with a statement colour. Add new handles to the cupboards and drawers and you’re all set!

Built-in wardrobe
Source: Zillow

6. Palm print

This design looks like it’s straight out of a Palm Springs mansion, and doesn’t it just make you want to hop on a plane to a tropical island? If you’re the kind of person who likes to make a statement, then this is the print for you! And the good thing is that you can use it anywhere – in your bedroom, the living room or even in the bathroom.

Palm print feature wall
Source: Zillow

7. Mural

Now, this is breathtaking! You can get a custom-made painting for your home or you can save and purchase a pre-made wall sticker online. These are unbelievably easy to apply and the best thing is that you can switch them out when you want a new style.

Mural wall
Source: Apartment Therapy

8. Electric blue

Cool blues are bright, happy and energising, and that’s exactly the atmosphere you’ll create when you paint your feature wall this colour. This certainly isn’t the choice for the conservative home decorator, but it’s the perfect option for someone who isn’t afraid to step outside the boundaries!

Blue wall
Source: Apartment Therapy

9. Patterned feature wall

Or you could go all out with a fancy pattern! These days, you can find wallpaper in any almost any style to suit your budget and taste. And this black-and-white modern floral pattern creates a whole lot of detail in this study nook. Imagine all of the inspiration that would come to you if you worked in this space?

Patterned wall
Source: Brio Interior Design

10. Pastel green

Tone things down with a sweeping of pastel green. This isn’t a common colour choice but the colour creates a calming, peaceful space that you’ll want to sit in all day. Dress up your living room with a fancy pink velvet couch or take the minimal approach with Scandinavian-inspired furniture and white touches.

Pastel green wall
Source: Yellowtrace

Want some more inspo for your sitting room? Check out over 60 living room ideas that we’ve put together.

11. Purple

This purple wall is a knockout, and it’s honestly not something I would have ever considered – but I think it works perfectly in this bedroom. The purple teamed with ornate gold picture frames and a cute summer hat looks very vintage, yet it’s brought into the 21st century with colourful pillows on the bed and a gorgeous dark grey throw.

Purple wall
Source: Apartment Therapy

12. Two-toned

If you can’t decide on one colour, why not choose two? Mix things up by selecting two like-shades, in this case, a soft pink and a rich red. You can have a lot of fun with this look by adding a hanging red light and an industrial-style clothing bar.

Two-toned wall
Source: Style by Sanne

13. Bathroom feature wall

If you think a feature wall is only for the bedroom or living room, think again! It turns out that even a toilet can have a feature wall. This dark grey paint adds a whole lot of interest to an otherwise boring room. Throw in some gold hardware, floating timber shelves and a pot plant, and you’ve got a room that you won’t want to leave.

Bathroom feature wall
Source: Bang on Style Blog

Love this bathroom? We’ve put together plenty more, 99 in fact, bathroom ideas for your next renovation project.

14. Corkboard

Let your imagination run wild with a cork-board feature wall. This is most suited to an office space, where you can pin inspiration, ideas and dreams for your next trip across the globe. Apart from providing a creative space, this is also a practical addition, as you can hang your to-do list and any important notices where you’ll always see them!

Cork-board feature wall
Source: Elena Wilken

15. Orange

This peachy-orange is simply gorgeous. I think this works well with minimal furnishings like a black table and cabinet. But you can also have a bit of fun with this space by adding in some patterns and textures too. Let your creative juices run wild with speckled, striped and checkered monochrome patterns.

Orange feature wall
Source: Dulux

16. Stone kitchen wall

Boring old kitchens are a thing of the past! Make your kitchen stand out with a sophisticated stone feature wall that’s sure to make a statement. It not only looks beautiful but it’s very practical, as the stone will last the test of time. Combine this with slick black bar stools and white walls and you’ve got a striking space.

Stone kitchen wall
Source: Yellowtrace

17. Chalkboard painted wall

Get your family organised with a chalkboard feature wall! The most practical place to put this is in the office. But you could also use it as a kitchen splashback. Write out everything you need your family to remember – from your weekly appointments and activities to your grocery list and your household chores!

Chalkboard feature wall

18. Brick feature wall

Who says brick has to go? Exposed brick doesn’t have to look drab – in fact, it can look pretty fab when done right. Bring your living room into the 21st century by adding an eclectic mix of black frames, timber-style furniture and an edgy black velvet couch. Throw in some pink and green pillows and you’ve got a cool home hangout.

Brick feature wall
Source: Kaodim

19. Feature door and ceiling

A feature doesn’t just have to be reserved for one wall. Add a bit of interest to your hallway by painting the end door and the ceiling with a sweeping of dark paint. This will look striking against surrounding crisp white walls and simple gold hardware.

Feature door and ceiling
Source: Cote Maison

20. Gallery feature wall

Express yourself with a picture and print-filled wall. Gather your favourite photographs, memories, travel treasures and keepsakes and hang them on a spare wall in your living room, bedroom or office.

Gallery wall
Source: Zillow

21. Bold red

Red is an attractive and dramatic colour that will add elegance to your home. This is an especially great choice to complement a traditional home that has classic furniture, winged-back chairs and an ornate fireplace.

Red wall
Source: Apartment Therapy

Need some help with a paintbrush? Find someone to help with painting your feature wall.

22. Pink tiles

How gorgeous are these hexagonal tiles? Decorate your bathroom or kitchen with a pretty pink feature wall like this one. Add shades of wine red in the tile detailing and with your hand towel.

Pink tiles
Source: Style by Sanne

23. Subway tiles

Forgo the classic white subway tiles and opt for this slick shiny-grey tile. This makes a stunning feature wall in your bathroom, and it looks great with a grey bath and brass tapware.

Subway tiles
Source: Finch Interior Design

24. White brick

Take your plain brick wall to the next level by painting it white. This will open up your space and make it appear much larger and brighter. And the great thing is that you don’t have to wait for a professional to paint it for you. If you’re into DIY, then pull out the paintbrush and get started! In just a weekend, you can have a brand-spankin’ new feature wall.

White brick
Source: Dulux

25. Multi-coloured

Can’t decide on one colour, no worries – pick them all! Choose a few key colours and paint bold, geometric shapes on your bedroom feature wall. Tie the feature wall in with the rest of the room by choosing a bed frame, pillows and doona cover in similar colours.

Multi-coloured feature wall
Source: Finch Interior Design

Bedroom styling just about feature walls, there are plenty more bedroom ideas from bed heads, mirrors and even fans to make a big change.

26. Wood wall

Simplify things with an elegant wooden feature wall. This design uses wood panels pieced together like a jigsaw to create a smooth finish. The best part is that they’re pretty easy to install, and they look stunning.

Natural wood wall
Source: Ceramica Fondavelle

27. Tiled art

We’ve covered murals, but did you know that you can create the same effect with tiles? This design is actually made up of ceramic slabs. So the next time you want a gorgeous outdoor scene or personal drawing on your wall, you can have it!

Tiled art wall
Source: Ceramica Fondavelle

28. Calming green

Imagine this feature wall in your bedroom? Just looking at it makes me feel like having a nap! The blue-green colour combined with touches of white will instantly transport you to the seaside. Greece, anyone?

Calming green wall
Source: Three Birds Renovations

29. Panelled wall

There are a lot of homes, both old and new, that lack the traditional architectural character of yesteryear. Applying panelling to plain old walls is one way to add detail and instantly make an impact. It’s charming, and it does so much more than just a basic headboard. There are so many ways to achieve this look. But the most simple method is to use box moulding.

It consists of adding strips of wood to your existing walls (either with glue or nails) and then painting the entire wall your desired colour. You can customise the size of the boxes to be squares, rectangles or a combination of both, as well as the thickness of the boards, to achieve any look!

Panelled wall
Source: Three Birds Renovations

30. Tree mural

Bring nature inside with a wild forest print. You can use wallpaper to create this look or get it hand-painted onto your wall. This would be a perfect feature wall for a nursery or kid’s playroom, as it will help bring their imagination to life.

Tree mural feature wall
Source: Style by Emily Henderson

31. Mosaic wallpaper

Have fun with shapes and symmetry by choosing white wallpaper with purple and black triangles. Tie this in to your living room furniture by choosing a purple chair and adding in pops of black and grey.

Mosaic wallpaper
Source: Design Milk

Wallpaper isn’t an easy task to DIY when you have to line up patterns, so look for a wallpaper expert near you.

32. Geometric wood

Do you want to create a feature wall that will wow your guests? Then look no further than this DIY geometric wood wall – it even has an in-built bench seat. This is something that you can make yourself, although it will take a lot of time, effort and a keen eye. Warning to the wise – only attempt this one if you’ve got prior building skills because it could get a little tricky.

Geometric wood accent wall
Source: Crafted by the Hunts

33. Planter wall

Feature walls aren’t just for indoor spaces – you can create one outside too! A vertical planter is a wonderful way to add greenery and detail to your patio, backyard or balcony. This is another DIY project that you could take on in a weekend. You’ll need pine boards (you’ll have to sand and stain them first), screws and a drill to get the job done. Once the wall is up, you can add coloured pots with your favourite outdoor plants or herbs.

Planter wall
Source: Crafted by the Hunts

34. Black brick feature wall

This is a simple way to make your living room look more grown-up. Like the white brick wall that we looked at earlier, this look is really easy to achieve. All you need is a paintbrush and some black paint and you’re set! I recommend complementing your feature wall with a contrasting colour like the light brown in the timber cabinet and greenery from the native plants in this image.

Black brick wall
Source: Pottery Barn

35. Hand-painted

If you’ve got the time (and patience), you could try your hand at painting a feature wall yourself. This cream wall was created with small grey brushstrokes. If you’re going to give this one a go, just make sure you measure up your wall in advance to ensure you achieve the perfect amount of columns.

DIY painted wall
Source: I Spy DIY

36. Chevron tiles

These pink beauties are a popular choice in bathrooms and kitchens, but have you ever considered them for your bedroom feature wall? This is the perfect choice for a girl’s bedroom, and it looks lovely with the round wooden clock and the black bed frame.

Chevron tiles wall
Source: I Spy DIY

37. Stencil design

This will be a lot more time consuming than simply sticking on a pre-designed mural or applying wallpaper, but the finished product is worth it. You can use a stencil design to create the exact look.

Stencil wall
Source: Emerson Grey Designs

38. Feature cupboard

If you want to be wowed every time you open your closet, then this is the pattern for you. This black-and-white paint-drop wallpaper is so much fun, especially with a stack of colourful clothing in front of it.

Feature cupboard
Source: Grace in Magnolias

39. Floral feature wall

This is the perfect choice for a girl’s room. The flowers add a fun, feminine touch without being outdated or boring. Use the pink, peach, gold and blue in the feature wall to decorate the bed and guide your decision making when it comes to decor.

Floral wall
Source: Emerson Grey Designs

40. Black wall in a nook

When we think about decorating small spaces, we tend to stick to plain old white. But just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a feature wall. This nook has a bold black feature wall on one side and a white painted wall on the other.

The trick to making black work in a small space is to ensure the area you’re painting receives a lot of natural light from surrounding windows and doors. Throw in a few pillows with black detailing and you’ve got a cosy spot to enjoy your morning coffee.

Black wall in nook
Source: Emerson Grey Designs

Are you inspired? I hope you are! There is so much more to feature walls than bland, block colours. If you can dream it up, you can have it on your wall!

So, what are you going to choose? Gorgeous forest-inspired wallpaper? Exposed brick? Or how about dark green timber panelling? What about a personalised gallery wall? And how about your outdoor area? Will you add a lush green planter wall to your balcony?

I can’t wait to see what you come up with – I know it’s going to be great. Before you leave, I’d love to hear from you! Comment and tell me which one of these 40 feature wall ideas is your favourite. And if you think I’ve missed something, let me know!


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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