Choosing your feature wall is not a decision to make lightly. It is one you are likely to live with for many years, so there are a few things to consider to make sure you will be happy with your choice for years to come.
Tips for choosing which wall to wallpaper
Here are some excellent tips the experts recommend you should consider when choosing your feature wall:
- You will want to make sure that your feature wall will have maximum impact when you walk into the room. For maximum impact, choose a full wall rather than one with windows. However, it’s still OK to wallpaper around windows and doorframes. A skilled wallpaper hanger can easily cut around them.
- If there are windows or doors in the wall, be careful with your pattern choice. A design with lots of circles on it might look provide too much competition for the eye if it’s next to a window as the squareness of the window can affect the overall symmetry of your feature wall.
- If you want to create a feature wall in the lounge or living room where you watch TV, choose the wall behind the TV. Some people are worried that a busy pattern will be distracting. It won’t. I’ve had two feature walls behind the TV and both walls had very bold wallpaper designs and they have not once distracted me.
- In a bedroom, hang wallpaper behind your bed, even if you have a bedhead. Choose your bed linen to complements your wallpaper, not the other way around. Your wallpaper will last longer than your linen.
- Put it in a niche. Nice!
- In an entrance hallway, think about which way the door opens inwards and then choose the wall opposite to the door. You don’t want to hide your beautiful wall when you first walk into your home.
- Just like you don’t have to cover all four walls of a room with wallpaper, you don’t have to cover your entire feature wall with wallpaper. Sometimes it looks great to only cover a section of your wall.
What not to do
Here are some things not to do when choosing your feature wall:
- Don’t choose the wall behind you or out of your line of sight when you enter the room. For maximum impact, choose the wall you first see when you walk into the room.
- Don’t choose a wallpaper design that’s too plain and light in colour for a high traffic area as it will experience more wear and tear over time.
- In a lounge or living area, don’t put the wallpaper on the wall behind your couch or arm chairs because you won’t be able to see it when you’re sitting down. You will really want to look at that wall of beauty (especially if it’s one of our gorgeous designs!)
- Don’t put wallpaper around an open fireplace, gas or electric heater as the wallpaper (or the adhesive) will most likely get heat damaged over time.
- Don’t put wallpaper in the bathroom unless you’re planning to change it within a few years. The heat and humidity will eventually get to your wallpaper or the adhesive.
- Don’t choose a wallpaper design to match your curtains and drapes, bed linen and other soft furnishings as these are likely to change before you’re ready to change your feature wall.