Create a feature wall in an hour

A feature wall is a quick and easy way to give your home a facelift.
Creating a feature wall is a quick and easy way to inject colour into your room and, best of all, it’s one DIY project that can be completed in under an hour.

Creating a feature wall is a quick and easy way to inject colour into your room and, best of all, it’s one DIY project that can be completed in under an hour.

This works particularly well if you have a largely neutral colour scheme.

Pick one wall to be the focus of your room - generally this should be the main wall in the room - the one you are facing most when you are in the room. Pick a strong colour in either or complimentary or contrasting colour scheme. It is best to pick a couple of test pots first as colours can look very different when they are on the way. Things such as light availability, decor and even personal taste will all impact on what your chosen colours look like on the wall. To avoid costly mistakes use newspaper as the canvas for the paint tester pots and then put the coloured newspaper up on the walls to get an idea of whether you’ll like the finish or not. This way you save having to repaint over darker tester colours!

The next step is to clean down the wall and ensure a smooth, grease-free finish. Tap off the skirting board and around window or door frames and use tap to border off adjoining walls as well. Ensure you have enough paint to complete your chosen walls as colour can sometimes vary between tins of the same hue.

Start with the border areas first and the tricker pieces around the skirting and doors. Use a brush initially and fill in with a roller. Two coats should be sufficient and ensure that you immediately remove the sticky tape to avoid pulling off the paintwork underneath.

Then all you have to do is add some soft furnishing accents in your feature wall colour to your room to tie your new colour scheme in together and there you have it - a breath of new life for Spring!