Carrie’s DIY feature wall

As you may have guessed, we officially have Spring Fever. We’re not sure if it was the shedding of our winter tights or the trees finally starting to bud, but we are definitely feeling decidedly more cheerful. The new season brings with it an itch for change, not just for our wardrobes, but for our homes, too. Luckily, you don’t have to start building a conservatory or ripping up carpets to breathe fresh life into your house. Little changes can make a big difference to how a room looks and, more importantly, feels. Bare white walls can run the risk of zapping your property of character and making it feel like a dentist’s surgery, which is obviously something to avoid (unless you’re aiming for a minimalist look, of course).

Carrie, from our membership team, decided to spruce up her living room with a lick of paint and some statement accessories. An avid DIY-er (she has her own well-stocked toolbox), she sanded and re-plastered the walls and bookcases before adding some bold paint.

A feature wall is the perfect place to introduce a shade that might, perhaps, be considered too dark for an entire room. Carrie went for Bowler Hat Grey, a shade from the Dulux Classics range. The result is very contemporary, especially in contrast with the cream surroundings and period features. A dramatic paint shade or quirky choice of wallpaper can instantly update (even transform) a room, taking as little as an afternoon of your time, and can be a relatively inexpensive way of embracing new interior trends without making a massive commitment.

Dawn brown feature wall with bookcases

Carrie describes her style as bright and busy:

“I have lots of random tat from travels and fun times. I have a bit of an eclectic taste – I like neutral backgrounds with lots of coloured stuff on top as decoration. All my stuff frequently moves about and I like bits of bright colour. I had a very peculiar Sunday afternoon recently where I colour coded my books – I’m a bit OCD with things.”

Quirky, eye-catching accessories complement this bold look and create a great focal point for the room. Darker paint can easily support bold items, so this is the perfect place to display your most outrageous of objects – from robots to alligator heads, in Carrie’s case (curated clutter is the watchword here). Describing her taste as ‘eclectic’, Carrie has plenty of items she wants to display so likes to frequently mix them up and move them around, making this shade the perfect background.

If dark-coloured paint is too overpowering, statement wallpaper might be a simple and effective alternative. Printed with intricate graphics, this style of wallpaper can be a good choice for those who want a bold looking wall without having to rely on accessories to dress it. There’s a vast range of graphic-print wallpaper available, featuring everything from kitsch floral designs to repeat animal prints. Wall stickers are an even easier alternative: just peel, stick and go.

Creating a feature wall has never been easier. Here are a few ideas for how to get the look:


feature wall

Secret Image Skulls And Angels Wallpaper by The House of Mischief

blue zebra repeat pattern wallpaper

Zebra Wallpaper by TurnerPocockCazalet

Bookcase wallpeper

Sound Wall Wallpaper by Michelle Mason

Wall Stickers

wall stickers

Leafy Trees White Wall Sticker by Zazous

world map wall sticker

A Different World Wall Sticker by Sunny Side Up

Working Station Clock Wall Sticker by BRUME

Working Station Clock Wall Sticker by Brume

You can even recreate Carrie’s style with quirky interior accessories:

Pow pop art style art print

‘Pow’ Pop Art Print by Coconutgrass

Bunny light

Animal Nightlight by Little Ella James

Glass belljar

Glass Bell Jar Dome With Wooden Base by Lisa Angel Homeware

If you’d like even more inspiration, you can see more feature wall ideas on our Pinterest board.

  • Comment by sharon saunders

    Wow it they all look amazing, im needing help in our lounge its so dull it needs brightening up but i dont know what colour or if to use wall paper. Also my bedroom

    regards sharon

  • Comment by Sarah Phillips, Hope House Press

    Ooooh that looks like an Anthony Burrill print to me! LOVE his letterpress posters…

  • Comment by jan smith

    It looks really impressive. food for thought.

  • Comment by kim may

    The “Don’t say Nothing” sign on the third picture. Not sure if the bad grammatical error is deliberate or not.

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