7 Striking Feature Wall Ideas - Dulux

Looking to refresh your home and impress your guests? Adding a statement feature wall is a sure-fire way to bring a room to life. From giving your walls the wow-factor using pops of colour, to creating texture with wooden panels, there are a number of ways to weave this eye-catching trend into your interiors.

So, if you’re ready to revamp your home, read on to discover seven striking feature wall ideas for some creative inspiration.

Idea #1: Oh my ombre

Ombre is the art of seamlessly blending two complementary colours together, gradually, from light to dark. This timeless trend allows you to playfully add splashes of colour to a space in a subtle yet impactful way.


Using a gradient technique

It’s far easier to achieve gradient effects than you may think: simply measure and block out the midsection of the chosen wall. Paint the lower section of the wall with the darker tone and the upper section with the lighter shade, then merge in the midsection using criss-cross brush strokes to create a gradient-effect.

Subtlety is key for this look, so pick two similar shades to combine like rustic hues of Malt Chocolate and Muddy Puddle for a flawless finish. These earthy tones work well with low lighting, so opt for lamps and candles to illuminate the room, rather than harsh ceiling lights.


Idea #2: Striking stripes

When it comes to working stripes into your interiors, the key is to go as bold and brave as you can in both thickness and colour.

Veer towards vertical stripes if you’re working with a small and boxy space with low ceilings, or for making larger areas look broader go for sleek horizontal lines in varying widths.


Add interest

Don’t shy away from louder hues when choosing colours for your feature wall, particularly for the base. Try a warm Honey Mustard contrasted with stripes in hues like Muted Gold and Blissful Blue to give a retro feel to the area. Alternatively, for a child’s room go for ice cream colours such as Mint Macaroon, Spring Rose and Lemon Spirit in chunky horizontal stripes on a wall facing a window.

Idea #3: Two-tone tales

If you’re keen to transform the atmosphere of a room without redecorating it entirely with new furniture and accessories, too, two-tone matte walls are a saviour. Combining contrasting hues not only allows you to add character, but also reduces the need for much décor as it makes its own statement.

Creating depth

Thanks to their crisp lines and distinctive colour split, dual-hued feature walls instantly give rooms depth and a vastness they once lacked. For compact spaces, choose cooler muted tones such as Willow Tree and Blush Pink and keep furnishings minimal. Opt for furnishings in neutral shades to prevent attention being detracted from the focal point.

Idea #4: Pop of colour

An effortlessly stylish way to inject plenty of personality into a child’s bedroom, or even your lounge, is by adding bursts of vibrant colour to a well-lit wall. You can do this in a variety of ways, including using a spectrum of shades to create paint splatters or geometric shapes. Let your imagination run wild with this fabulously fun feature wall idea.

Brighten your space

Create a focal point on a wall by incorporating a stylish design element. Do this by forming patterns using geometric shapes, like squares or circles, in an array of sizes using primary hues like Sea Blue, Lemon Punch and Volcanic Red. To make the space appear larger, ensure the shapes get smaller as they approach ceiling level.

In a living room utilise the same aforementioned colours to paint splatter a natural-toned base wall in Delicate Seashell. This produces an eye-catching, abstract feature wall that is sure to leave visitors in awe.

Idea #5: Accessorise

If you fancy something a little less bold in the colour department, you can still stand out with a feature wall painted in muted hues. All you need are some clever accessories on floating (or standing) shelves surrounding the wall of choice. 

Create intrigue

Since accessories are going to do the talking here, this is a great opportunity to opt for a cool grey feature wall with blue undertones like Misty Mirror. Not only will this be eye-catching alongside Absolute White walls, but paired with floating shelves housing luscious leafy-green plants and prints that pop, it’s a great way to give a space added depth.

Idea #6: Be bold

To really dig your way out of that interiors rut, brave a bold hue for a wall adjacent to a window. By choosing a wall next to – or at least near – a window, you’ll be able to truly utilise the warm natural light, which. is important for ensuring that the area still feels spacious, while also bring out the vibrancy of your chosen colour.

Go maximal

Now’s not the time to hold back, so go all out and give a neglected area a refresh with vivacious feature wall paint in shades like Cranberry Crunch, Teal Touch or Deep Aubergine. Complete the statement addition to your space by pairing it with a few curated and contrasting furnishings like a loud floral print, some potted succulents and an upcycled chest of drawers in an equally bright hue.


Idea #7: Perfect panels

Panelled walls are a striking way to add texture to a wall, and if you don’t live in a period property that already has them, they’re far easier to create than you think. You’ll need a spirit level, chalk, ultra-strong furniture glue and thin wood of your choice such as MDF (cut to size), which is super-cheap and works perfectly. Decide on the number of panels you want and mark your wall accordingly using a spirit level and chalk. Begin gluing your panel wood down on the marked areas and let this dry for 24 hours.

Now liven your feature wall up with a cheerful shade such as Berry Smoothie or Kiwi Crush and keep clutter to a minimum.

Mixed materials

As an alternative and easy way to add texture and character to a plain wall, you could hang rustic woven rugs or add a bold, textured wallpaper with floral or geometric prints to the wall behind your bed.

There are countless ways to add a striking feature wall to your home, so whether you opt for graphic splatters or a more put-together two-tone look, there’s a style to suit everyone. To choose the best colours for your feature wall, read our guide on how natural lighting can affect your wall colours.