5 Inspirational Ideas for a Feature Wall


Are you fed up with your present décor? Have you thought about having something different in any of your rooms? You might like to think about having a feature wall – one that is not the same as the other three. There are many ways to provide a different look or feel to a room with a feature wall, and here are some ideas to inspire you.


1. Colour

The simplest way of creating a feature, is to use a different colour on one of the walls. This is where the colour wheel would be useful to help you decide which colours you would like to use. A bold contrasting colour works very well against a pastel or neutral room, or use one colour for the whole room with the feature wall being a darker shade than the rest.


2. Pattern

Another simple idea is to have three plain painted walls and one wall decorated with a patterned wallpaper. The possibilities here are endless.


There are lots of patterns to choose from, including small repetitive ones, big bold patterns, geometric patterns or those with a metallic sheen. Vertical stripes will make a small room seem more spacious, as the ceiling will appear to be higher. You might want to use something that has a completely different texture.


3. Mini Gallery

If you love having photos on show, why not make a mini gallery as a feature in your home. There are two spots that immediately spring to mind for presenting your photo collection. One is on a chimney breast over the fireplace. If that’s not an option, you can use the space above the sofa to display your photographs.


4. Favourite Spot

If you have a favourite corner in one of your rooms, you can section that off by using a subtly patterned wall paper there, which contrasts with the rest of the room. You might want to put a comfy armchair and a lamp stand here, and use this as a quiet reading place.


5. Practical and Fun

There is also a practical option for a feature, and that is to have a blackboard wall to write or draw on. Having a blackboard can be very helpful in the kitchen, the office, a child’s or teenager’s room or the hallway.


Choosing what and where

If you don’t have an obvious place for a feature, you can choose an area in the room that you would like to emphasise with a splash of colour, or just something a bit different. You might not have a separate dining area and so a different colour or wallpaper could bring a new atmosphere into that area.


You don’t have to make a whole wall a feature if you’d rather do something on a smaller scale. You can have wallpaper or a complimentary colour behind a bookcase or some shelves. If you have panelled doors, you can make the inside of the panels as different to the rest of the door as you like.


There are many possibilities and if you don’t already have a definite plan in mind, we are always there to help you. Call us at Absolute, on 07976 404 742 and we can go through a few ideas together.

There comes a certain point where your home starts to feel bland, and a change is needed. You might think that a complete renovation is needed, but all you need is to repaint! Here’s a guide from your favourite Painters and Decorators in North London for interior painting.Painters and Decorators in North London & Enfield


It may be tempting to buy cheaper brands of paint, but it can work out being more expensive in time, money and effort than buying a quality brand, and making sure the surfaces are sealed. Poor quality paints won’t  cover as well so you’ll need more – that’s why they are often in such large cans – and you may have to paint an extra coat or two to get a sufficient finish.

Make sure you’re stocked up on paint in the same colour and finish to complete the job. Paints are made in batches and there may be  slight differences in the colour between batches. It’s better you have a leftover can of paint after you finish, rather than running out  halfway through and, in any case, you’ll be able to exchange or return the unopened paint within 30 days. Once you’ve chosen your  paint  – water or oil based – and the finish – gloss, silk or matte – make sure you stick with it for the duration of the job.

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Once you’re ready to start painting, start from the ceiling and work your way down the room. Make sure that you  clean up paint drips as they happen and remove  loose bristles as they fall out of the paintbrush. Always read the instructions on the tin as some paints – except non-drip gloss and solid emulsions – may need stirring before being applied. Remember the professional painters’ methods: decant paint into a paint kettle, and, if you have to use old paint, pour it into the kettle through a piece of muslin or an old nylon tight leg stretched over the neck of the can.


If you require any help painting your  interior walls from professional painters and decorators in North London, do not hesitate to give Absolute Decorating a call on 0797 6404742 for a FREE quote!

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Step 1: Purchase the Right Tools

When painting a ceiling, be sure to purchase a paint roller with an extension handle. It’s much easier and less tiring to paint a ceiling while standing on the floor rather than on a ladder.

When painting a textured ceiling, be sure to use a thick-nap roller to ensure that you get full coverage over the bumps and irregularities in the textured surface. For a smooth drywall ceiling, you can use a roller with a smooth or shorter nap.

Painting a ceiling may seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. And often it’s hard to see what you’re doing since you may be putting white paint over existing white paint, but Home-improvement expert James Young shows us some tricks from the pros.


Step 2: Prep the Room

To prep the room, remove all of the furniture if possible before you begin painting. Use drop cloths and/or newspaper to protect the floors and any furniture that you must leave in the room.

Use quick-release painter’s tape to mask around trim and the area of the wall where it meets the ceiling.


Step 3: Prime the Ceiling

It’s advisable to prime the ceiling before painting, using a primer with stain-blocker. Priming the ceiling or walls before painting should ensure that one coat of paint will be sufficient


Step 4: Paint a Cut-In Line on the Ceiling

Begin by painting a cut-in line on the ceiling. This is a 2- to 3-inch strip where the ceiling meets the wall. Start in the corner of the shortest length of the ceiling. For this part of the job, you will need a paintbrush and a stepladder.

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Step 5: Paint the Ceiling

While the cut-in line is still wet, begin painting the ceiling with the roller. This is done while the cut-in line is still wet to prevent a visible line.

The proper technique for painting with a roller is as follows:

  • Dip the roller in the deep portion of the paint tray.
  • Roll it back and forth in the shallow end of the tray to squeeze out excess paint and ensure even coverage on the roller.
  • Use the roller to make a zigzag pattern on the ceiling.
  • Go over the zigzag pattern with straight strokes to even out the paint.
  • Once the paint has dried, you may want to go back and apply a second coat, starting with the cut-in line and finishing with the roller.