Expert advice: five tips for open-plan living
- The wall you choose to highlight should ideally be the space to which your eye is first drawn when you enter the room. Walls with fireplaces or existing design features – like mantelpieces – also work well. Avoid walls with doors or windows if you can, as they’ll tend to detract from the effect you’re trying to create.
- Be brave with your paint colours. If your room is already a neutral colour, choose a strong contrasting shade to give the space instant drama and depth. If your walls are already painted a bright hue, try a complementary colour a few shades darker or lighter on the feature wall.
- If you’d like to add extra interest, try adding a striking striped effect using harmonious hues. Paint techniques, like lace stencils or hand-drawn circles, are also easy to create and help add a personal touch.
- Strategically placed furniture will work wonders at helping to emphasize your feature wall. In the living room, you might choose to paint the wall the sofa runs along, while in a bedroom, it could be the wall at the head of the bed. Avoid obscuring the wall with too much furniture – the aim of a feature wall is to guide the eye towards a room’s best assets and design features without overwhelming.
Be brave, be bold and follow your gut instincts – and most importantly, have fun!
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