Feature Walls in your home is one trend that has been around for a few years now, and we don’t see it going away anytime soon. Feature walls can really add a unique touch to your home, and make the space tie in with your personality and vision for your home. There are many different feature walls to choose from, so no matter what style you are going for, there is for sure something that will fit.
While it’s true that you can add a feature wall pretty much anywhere in your home, there are some places that have more of an impact than others. Our showhome designers are pro’s at determining the best place to add some punch to a home, and make it really stand out. Here are a few of the most common areas:
The Great Room and/or Nook
Alright this one is pretty obvious. The great room is one of the most used rooms in a home, aside from the kitchen. And in most newer homes, the kitchen (and most times the nook) is open to the great room so really it’s all one in the same.
Having a bold feature wall in this main space can really set the tone for your overall design style. The best spot to put a feature wall in the great room is typically on the same wall with the TV outlet on it. That wall will usually be the focus of the room, so it’s best to draw attention to it with a stunning wall feature. Alternatively, if you have a large wall that encompasses both the great room & nook, this is a great spot for a feature wall.
The Fireplace Boxout
A huge trend in homes today is to not just have a fireplace, but to have a fireplace dressed in style. The more traditional mantles have been replaced with a more modern, sleek design. This will usually include a floating mantle – either above the fireplace unit or below – and some sort of a feature wall.
You do need to be careful when adding a feature wall around a gas fireplace though, as some products are not fire rated (wallpaper for example). Typically as long as it’s above the mantle you will be just fine!
The Half Bath
The half bath (or powder room) is that little bath with a toilet & sink on your main floor. This is also typically the bathroom that would be used by visitors. So it makes sense to liven it up a bit with a neat feature wall.
Because of it’s smaller size, the half bath is a room that you can really do something bold in. Try adding a funky wallpaper or even faux concrete panels to give it an urban, industrial feel. You also don’t (and shouldn’t) do all the walls in the half bath. Stick to just 1 wall, most commonly behind the sink & toilet. Another added bonus – smaller wall = smaller price tag!
The Owners Suite
The owners suite is the perfect place to add in something that really speaks to you. This space is all about relaxation and recharging, so why not spruce it up a bit? Maybe you want to have a space that feels like you are in a mountain lodge, or a luxurious spa retreat. Having a room that you can unwind in with things that make you happy is the key to a positive mindset.
You also don’t necessarily need to add in the same feature wall as other rooms in your home either! It is separate enough from the rest of the home that you can mix it up.
If you want to really turn things upside down, why not do a feature ceiling?! Before you start looking up, keep in mind the following when it comes to adding a feature above your head.
First, the ceiling must be flat. You can’t install a feature wall over top of a stipple ceiling. No texture is best. Secondly, keep in mind the height of your ceiling. Adding a feature wall to a regular 8′ (or even 9′) ceiling may or may not work, depending of course on the material. The darker and ‘heaver’ the material, the shorter your room will look.
The best ceilings to add a feature too are recessed or vaulted ceilings as they will be taller than your standard ceiling height.
Now that you have a better idea of where you could put a feature wall, it’s time to start thinking about what feature wall you want to showcase in your home! Click here to see the options offered at designQ Shop, including an information video on each product!