Feature walls, or accent walls, are an ideal way to make a statement with your home decor. Some feature walls are simply painted in a different colour to the rest of a room, but using feature wall wallpaper allows you to bring even more of your personality to a space to make an even bigger impact.
From geometric wallpaper to tropical wallpaper and even Disney wallpaper, there are so many different feature wall ideas out there, but we’re here to guide you through how to find the right feature wall wallpaper for your home.
Where Do Feature Walls Work Best?
A feature wall won’t be the right choice for every room in your house; it’s important to think about factors including the size of the room, how much natural light it gets, and how often your tastes tend to change.
Feature walls work particularly well in the following spaces:
- To frame a fireplace (exposure to heat may damage feature wall wallpaper over time, so a digital or decorative fireplace may be best for a feature wall)
- Behind a headboard in a master bedroom
- To create a background for a TV wall, making the feature wall a real focal point in your home
- Directly in front of a door, so it’s the first thing you see when you open your front door or the door to your living room
- A child’s bedroom or playroom – if you’re unsure about committing to a theme because your child’s interests might change, feature wall wallpaper for just one wall can be a good option, as it can always be covered with posters in the future
It’s also important to think about the size of a room before creating a feature wall. If you want to bring a feature wall to a smaller space, go for something light and bright with a subtle pattern such as thin stripes or ditsy florals. For soft stripes, go for the Arthouse Glitterati Stripe Pattern Wallpaper (£16 per roll) in cream and gold; for subtle florals, we recommend the Arthouse Opera Chinoise Floral Pattern Songbird Wallpaper (£11 per roll), which features a white and soft grey illustrated floral design on a lemon yellow background.
Avoid walls with slopes or curves when deciding where to put a feature wall, as this can create a smoother, less jarring finish. And bear in mind that your feature wall wallpaper is likely to be in place for much longer than your soft furnishings, so try not to let these dictate your choice.
10 Feature Wall Wallpaper Ideas
Find a feature wall wallpaper that suits your style with these wallpaper themes:
1. Marble Wallpaper
Create an opulent-feeling feature wall in your home with a classic marble wallpaper in white and grey. The Arthouse Carrara Marble White Grey Silver Metallic Wallpaper (£16 per roll) is perfect for adding a touch of class to a TV wall or behind a mantelpiece.
As marble wallpaper is neutral-coloured, it’s easy to accessorise, making it a great choice for a living area, a bedroom, or even a kitchen – just be careful if you have marble effect worktops so the look doesn’t feel too over the top.
2. Striped Wallpaper
Avoid making a room feel reminiscent of a prison cell by using striped wallpaper on just one feature wall rather than throughout a room. Choose from thin stripes or thick stripes, but if you’re looking for bold feature wall ideas, we recommend going for something truly eye-catching.
With its contrasting bright pink and ivory stripes and hint of glitter, the Debona Crystal Stripe Pattern Wallpaper (£16 per roll) will help your feature wall make a real statement in a room.
3. Geometric Wallpaper
Geometric wallpaper can have a retro, art deco feel, but it can also feel really modern, depending on the design and colour you go for. Geometric wallpaper is a great option for feature wall wallpaper, as it can make a real impact without feeling too busy on the eyes.
We recommend the Arthouse New York Geo Pastel Contemporary Wallpaper (£10 per roll), which comes in teal, pink, or yellow, and features timeless geometric shapes against a contemporary coloured background.
4. Vintage Wallpaper
Vintage wallpaper is an ideal option for creating a timeless feature wall in your home, as it shouldn’t ever feel out of date. Bring a 1920s feel to your living room, dining room, or bedroom with the Rasch Art Deco Fan Black Metallic Gold Wallpaper (£16 per roll), which features a black and gold repeating peacock feather-like fan pattern on a neutral cream-coloured background.
5. Floral Wallpaper
Flower wallpaper is a popular choice when it comes to feature wall wallpaper, because there are so many different styles out there. Keep the look traditional with the Belgravia Decor Rosa Floral Leaf Pattern Wallpaper (£11 per roll), which features blush pink roses on a neutral background.
For a bolder way to bring flowers to your home decor, go for Gothic-feeling dark florals with the Arthouse Euphoria Floral Pattern Plum Wallpaper (£12 per roll). This feature wall wallpaper has deep plum-coloured flowers on a dark background and is a great choice to bring a touch of drama to a bedroom.
6. Brick Effect Wallpaper
If exposed brick isn’t for you, a brick effect wallpaper is a great alternative option that’s easier to change up in the future if you change your mind about the look.
The Muriva Bluff Embossed Brick Effect Wallpaper (£15 per roll) is available in a red, black, or white finish, and would look incredibly cool and stylish in a living area, study, or even a conservatory.
7. Tropical Wallpaper
Tropical feature wall wallpaper is a bold choice, but it can make a big impact in a living room or behind a headboard in a master bedroom.
Bring the outdoors indoors with a tropical leaf pattern, such as the Grandeco Palm Tree and Calathea Jungle-Inspired Wallpaper (£16 per roll), which features a gorgeous vibrant green leaf design on a dark blue background. Alternatively, introduce some animals to the tropical theme with a feature wall wallpaper like the Erismann Animal Tropical Jungle Wallpaper (£18 per roll), which has an eye-catching pattern of multi-coloured leaves, flowers, big cats, and tropical birds.
8. Metallic Wallpaper
A metallic wallpaper can add a touch of glamour to a room, but it’s important to think carefully about how you accessorise this type of feature wall wallpaper, as you don’t want to end up with too many shiny or reflective surfaces in one space.
If you’re looking for a metallic wallpaper for a feature wall, we recommend the Arthouse Trellis Wallpaper in Gunmetal Grey (£20 per roll), which has luxurious silver accents and a crushed velvet finish. With so many different textures going on, this wallpaper could feel quite overwhelming if used throughout a room, but it’s a brilliant option for a feature wall.
9. Animal Print Wallpaper
Animal print wallpaper is another classic choice for a feature wall. Go for a repeating animal pattern, like the Rasch Portfolio Peacock Wallpaper (£12 per roll), which has images of peacocks on a navy blue background with a metallic finish.
If classic animal print is more your cup of tea, decorate your feature wall with a leopard print wallpaper in a traditional colourway, such as the A.S. Creation Michalsky Wallpaper (£17 per roll).
10. Disney Wallpaper
Disney wallpaper is a brilliant option if you’re looking for feature wall ideas for a child’s bedroom or playroom. Go for a retro look with the comic book-inspired Disney Mickey Mouse Vintage Wallpaper (£14 per roll), or opt for something a little more contemporary with the Disney Frozen II Picture Frames Multi-Coloured Wallpaper (£17 per roll), featuring Elsa and friends.
Other Feature Wall Ideas
Feature wall wallpaper isn’t the only option for a feature wall. Other feature wall ideas include:
- Wall tiles – perfect for creating a feature wall in a kitchen or bathroom
- Exposed bricks – a classic way to create a rustic-feeling feature wall
- Panelling – wall panelling is incredibly on-trend at the moment, as people try to bring a little extra character to new-build properties
- Wall murals – these could be hand-painted or achieved with a wall mural wallpaper
- Wall sticker quotes – a great way to personalise your home that’s particularly effective in a nursery
- Large posters or prints – let a favourite film poster or art print be the focal point of a room by placing it in the centre of a feature wall. This is a great way to showcase your personality through your home decor
- Minimal feature wall – keep the look minimal by keeping one wall free of pictures and other accessories to let your chosen feature wall wallpaper or paint do the talking
How To Decorate Around A Feature Wall
Decorating around feature wall wallpaper requires care and precision to ensure you don’t spoil the design. If you’re painting around feature wallpaper, try to cover the feature wall with a protective sheet, or at least cover the edges of the wallpaper with masking tape to keep the look as neat as possible.
Here are a few other ideas for decorating around a feature wall:
- Pick out one colour from your feature wall wallpaper and use this for your soft furnishings, vases, ornaments, and wall prints
- Paint a fireplace white or cream to make it stand out against a darker feature wall
- Stop a darker-coloured feature wall from making a room feel too dark by teaming it with white or light wood furniture
- Frame a holiday snap against tropical wallpaper to recreate the memory permanently in your home
- Let feature wall wallpaper influence the theme of a child’s bedroom or nursery by sticking with the animal or Disney theme for bedding, toys, and even books
If you have any questions about decorating a feature wall in your home, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.