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#1 audrey09

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

I've recently bought a house and would like to know your thoughts on feature walls.

Currently the whole house is coloured in a latte colour. Looks fine in living areas but not really my cup of tea for my room or boys room (they're sharing).
I'll keep this colour in the living and hall areas for now.

I'm thinking of antique white with either dusky blue or a soft turquoise on one wall for the boys and my room maybe white, not sure yet.

Not sure if I'd call it a feature wall as its not going to be a bold colour but do you thing this look is dated? I do like some colour but I not want the house to look like a circus. A boys room in latte is a bit blergh!

Wdyt? Potential circus or tasteful?

#2 Futureself

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:53 AM

I love a feature wall done in wallpaper, so in a bedroom, behind the bedhead would be great. To me a painted feature wall is a little  yawn but it's not a bad thing by any means!

#3 Academic

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

Personally I'm not a fan. I'd rather just paint the whole room one colour and keep it a muted shade if you don't want a very bold look.

#4 Phascogale

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:55 AM

I don't particularly like them.  I've painted them in the past and then painted over them when I got sick of them quite quickly.

I've found that often, with the darker colour, that they make a room feel smaller.

But other people will have different ideas and think they are lovely.  

If you want one, then paint it.  Maybe start with one room.  If you don't like it you can paint over it.

#5 .:Natty:.

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

I would probably go white and then just add splashes of colour around the room.

#6 Maple Leaf

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

My parents recently repainted their whole house and my mom was planning on a darker feature wall in the kitchen and living room. The rooms are huge and could have handled it, She did it and honestly it brought out the worst pigment of the tiles and didn't look nice at all! So she went back to all one colour and the tiles looked ok again. (She doesn't like her tiles but is stuck with them for now)...lol.

I think it depends what your flooring looks like and how it all blends in.

#7 Mpjp is feral

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

Sorry I am in the 'passe' crowd. But like pp i do like wallpaper feature walls.

#8 Rachaelxxx

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:57 AM

I've got a feature wall in my bedroom and in the lounge room.  I did them a year ago and I love them, but I do feel the trend now is to go the full colour.

#9 audrey09

Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:59 AM

Academic, I've though about that but they're ages are 6 & 8 and didn't want that typical baby boy light blue room.
I'm loving some of the soft lime/apple greens but all their bedding has blue or red in it and it may look a bit like a hotch potch!!

#10 lozoodle

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:00 PM

I'm not a fan.

#11 .:Natty:.

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:01 PM

I would probably go white and then just add splashes of colour around the room.

#12 kez71

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

they can look great, they can look dodgy, like mine..lol. we painted our whole house the one colour a sort of pinky brown beige..one day i came home to find DH and his mate (who is a painter) had given us a feature wall of black..not just black, but a paint effect black, so some of the beige shows through..i'm not a fan..but they both loved it and were very proud of it. I said i didn't really care for it, but it could stay..well 5 years later DH says to me, I think its time to paint over that wall..yay says I..now he wants it to be a light grey..well its half his house too..I suppose I can't make all the decisions..lol

#13 audrey09

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

This is NOT something I would do in every room, just the boys room.
Their room is definitely going to be painted as its not really a nice colour for a boys bedroom.

For those who aren't fans, do you just prefer a very neutral colour for the whole room or for the room to be painted in one colour, even if its blue, green or whatever?

Edited by audrey09, 21 January 2013 - 12:08 PM.


#14 darcswan

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

I think its a dated look.  My preference is to create interest using large prints, mirrors, lighting and clocks...

But the good thing about paint is its relatively cheap to do... And thus undo original.gif

#15 ELKO

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:10 PM

Have a look on Pinterest, there are so many great ideas for kids rooms.

#16 ***MEZ***

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

Very 90's.

#17 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

I think they're dated.  Many of our friends did them 10 - 15 years ago and are now 'over' them.

I'd rather use coloured decorator items to bring colour to a room.

I also don't mind kids rooms painted a separate colour to the rest of the house - DD1s room is lilac, and DD2s room is apple green.

#18 audrey09

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

http://pinterest.com/pin/138133913542676730/
I'm really liking something like this.....

Thoughts?

#19 Velocinag

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

I have a maroon/reddish feature wall in the lounge and love it!
For another idea what about those sticker things that go on the wall and are removable. We recently got my DDs name to put on her wall.

#20 audrey09

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

This is probably the closest thing to what i want.
The room has light floorboards and higher ceilings.
Although this is technically a feature wall, in my opinion there's nothing tacky about it!
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/jacks-merr...emy-room-171359

#21 vanessa71

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 21/01/2013, 01:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I think they're dated.  Many of our friends did them 10 - 15 years ago and are now 'over' them.


The previous owners of our house did feature walls and I am well and truly sick of them



#22 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

I hate it when people say a type of house design is 'dated'.  All that means is it's not the design trend the most people are following.  So what?  So we're all to paint our walls muted pale grey because that's what's in fashion at the moment?  

Good design is good design, personal colour tastes are personal colour tastes.    And this comes from someone who has almost every wall in my house painted white (two navy features walls) - because that's what suits this house and what we like.

OP, I like the pic you linked, but the pale blue's a bit √≥ff' for my tastes.  Love the green with the navy though.

#23 maurie

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

Love that room, I like how the feature wall is just a big pop of colour with the windows to break it up, it complements the other pieces in the room.

I'm not a fan of just any ordinary old roomful of furniture with one wall painted a fabulous colour which is what I see a lot.

#24 Lifesgood

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

Dated.

Wallpaper is the more current fashion, but that will be dated one day too!

Love the colour of the wall in the link you have posted. I would paint the whole room that colour.

#25 Academic

Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:40 PM

QUOTE (audrey09 @ 21/01/2013, 12:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
http://pinterest.com/pin/138133913542676730/
I'm really liking something like this.....

Thoughts?


I really like this actually. Although it's not one colour, I don't see it as a 'feature wall' as such because the two different colours are equally as vibrant. When I think feature wall, I think an all-neutral room with just one wall a bold colour, and that look doesn't appeal to me (personally, to each their own of course!). This is much more interesting.




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