Creating An Exciting Feature Wall

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You want an exciting feature wall… but painting an extruding alcove a slightly less muted shade of beige, or one wall a bright and clashing red just doesn’t cut it anymore…

When I was researching office decoration for my summerhouse, I stumbled across a great trend on Pinterest – colourful and geometric feature wall! I scrawled through tonnes of easy-to-find inspiration and quickly decided to try it out for myself!

Today I’m sharing with you my journey to creating a unique, creative and stunning feature wall.

First step: Draw! I started out by sketching the shape of my wall of interest and then played around with different shapes and lines. To do this yourself you only need some scrap paper, a pencil and ruler. I went through a mix of differently sized triangles, from many small, scattered lines which would create a much busier wall, to these larger, more statement segments – the ones I settled on.

Then for accuracy’s sake I took to the computer and made a digital representation of my favoured design (using measurements of the wall). This is also where I played around with colours! I had many mixes of peachy pinks and creams, mints and greys but finally settled on the colours I have today (partly because I already owned some of the colours – thrifty).

Note: I actually changed the placements of some colours when painting, just because I felt they worked better. I also used a darker grey instead of leaving some segments white. Sometimes playing it by eye works really well (pro tip).

I went for a colour scheme of pale to medium greys with a bright, happy yellow. This mix is professional, appropriate for a working environment and the cooler grey tones compliment the warmth of the yellow. The colours offer a high contrast which feels dynamic to me – again perfect for an environment where you’re planning to work!

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The exact colours I used (from lightest to darkest) were: B&Q Colours Grey Hints, B&Q Colours Light Rain, B&Q Colours Alfie & Dulux Sunshine Yellow (which must be at least twenty years old – here are close matches).

If I were to recreate this kind of wall in the home and with smaller rooms, I would use more complimentary colours, with a much subtler contrast. This way the finished look would be a lot softer and less invasive, but would still be part of a striking and unique feature wall!

For the actual painting of the wall I used the following tools:

  • Sugar Soap, bucket and sponges – For prep and cleaning the area the day before painting.
  • Chalk Line Reel – This is what the blue lines in some of the photos are. I stretched this from point to point and pinged it against the wall, which gives an accurate line that disappears underneath paint.
  • Frog tape/Masking Tape – After the first few coats of each colour I used frog tape (which is a pretty damn good and fancy, non-crack version of masking tape) to get a perfect line. I ended up using a whole roll, but could have used it a little more sparingly.
  • Thick and thin paintbrushes – Thick paintbrushes were used for the larger sections, whilst thin paintbrushes were used to cut in the edges of each shape.

So I had all my tools together and was staring at this pretty plain sight…

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After removing all furniture and taking all pins out, I thoroughly cleaned the wall with warm water and sugar soap – this gets rid of the dust and dirt on the wall, ensuring it’s ready to receive a good painting. I left this to dry over night!

The next morning, on my clean and dry wall I started by marking the meeting point of several main segments – this can be seen in the first photo below. I then marked out each line with the chalk reel. Marking this out took a while, since some lines had to be re-drawn to fit in with the corners of the wall – in fact, aside from the final cutting in, this step probably took the longest – worth it though!

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Then I started filling in the segments with their first coat of colour. I tried to work from top to bottom (to avoid any accidental dripping) and roughly filled in each triangle.

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On the second coat of each segment I started to cut in the triangles using a thinner paintbrush. This part of the creation was probably most stressful, since it took me a while to gain confidence at cutting in. As you can imagine, the amount of practice I did on these triangles warrants me an expert! Well, maybe not quite yet…

In the photos below you can start to see some on the edges starting to become defined – this really excited me as I realised it wasn’t just going to look like a colourful mess.

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Between the second and third coat of each colour I had the bright idea to pull a couple of the segments out onto the adjacent walls. After umming and ahhing about this for half a day I decided to go for it and now I’m very glad I did. For me it adds a little dimension to the wall and also helps the flow across the room.

On the left hand side of the wall I brought out the yellow triangle right up to the door frame, whilst on the right hand side I extended the darkest grey (Alfie) onto the adjacent wall. I used the same method with the chalk reel, creating a line from the point on the spine of the wall, to where I wanted the next point to be.

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I then went in with the final third coat, using frog tape on every other triangle to create a perfectly straight and smooth finish (not that my cutting in was wonky at all…). I repeated this on all the triangles that had not been frog-tapped when the first few were dry.

Final touches included going round with a pencil paintbrush and touching up any areas that needed the definition. Places like the skirting and the meeting of colour to white wall needed this most.

Now this is the beautiful wall I get to admire on the days I spend in The Summerhouse working on this blog!

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Tell me about your unique creations! Have you ever painted a feature wall with a twist? Are you more of a small crafts kinda crafter? Either way, I’d love to know!

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