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Feature Wall Ideas: Choosing Wallpaper

Feature walls remain a firm favourite for those looking to make an impression through their decor.

Particularly when it comes to patterned wallpaper, a feature wall is a great way to add style and interest to a room without overpowering it.

If you’re considering transforming your room with a feature wall but aren’t exactly sure where to start, fear not! Here at I Want Wallpaper we’ve put together the ultimate feature wall guide, detailing how to choose your wallpaper and some of our current favourite styles.


Choose your location

Before you even start considering styles, you need to decide on the location for your feature wall. A feature wall is intended to act as a focal point in the room, so you need to ensure it is positioned correctly and not hidden from view or obstructed by furniture.

A great place to start in a living room is around the fireplace; this will likely already be positioned in a central location, and a feature wall can enhance it. If you’re creating a feature wall in a bedroom, look to the wall that your headboard rests against. Again, this is likely already the focal point in the room, so feature wallpaper is a great choice to add even more interest.

Once you’ve selected the placement of your feature wall you can move onto the fun part – choosing styles! Whether you’re creating a feature in a bedroom, hallway, living room or even bathroom, we’ve put together our top style picks.


Makeover a room with bold pops of colour

If you’re looking to inject a fun burst of colour into a room but don’t want to go overboard, a feature wall is a fantastic option. Shades that you wouldn’t usually consider, such as bright pink, can work wonderfully as feature walls.

If you’re opting for a bold feature wall, we’d recommend keeping the rest of the room neutral. Light coloured flooring and simple, chic furniture is perfect for ensuring your feature wall makes a strong impression.

Pink feature wall

A.S. Creation Striped Pattern Geometric Square Wallpaper


Decorate your hallway with abstract prints

Abstract and geometric print wallpapers are massively in fashion right now. While an all-over abstract print could overpower a room, using it to create a feature wall is a great way to bring the trend into your home.

Opt for a Moroccan inspired tile print to frame your fireplace and create an ultra-stylish focal point in your room. Again, keeping the rest of your decor neutral is the best way to ensure your feature wall stands out.

Tile feature wall

Arthouse Brasillia Tile Pattern Geometric Wallpaper


Opt for bright botanicals for your kitchen or bathroom

If you’re looking to add some colour and interest to your kitchen or bathroom, consider botanical and leaf print wallpapers. These are great for bringing the outside in, and making a room feel bright, fresh and clean – perfect for kitchens and bathrooms!

To ensure your kitchen or bathroom still feels bright and open, and that your wallpaper doesn’t clash with your fittings, look for a rich green print on a white background.

Leaf feature wall

Erismann Paradiso Tropical Leaves Pattern Wallpaper


Showcase industrial style in your dining room

Industrial is huge right now, and natural walls, features and fittings are the perfect way to embrace the trend in your home. When it comes to your walls, however, that’s often easier said than done. Stripping a wall back to brick, or overlaying with wooden panels, can be time-consuming, difficult and expensive.

Creating a stunning feature with a faux effect wallpaper is the perfect way to rock the industrial trend at a fraction of the cost. A brick effect wallpaper works fantastically in a living or dining room. Choose a classic terracotta shade to bring warmth and style to the space.

Brick feature wall

Grandeco Vintage House Brick Pattern Wallpaper


Add subtle glamour with a metallic feature wall

There’s nothing like metallics to add instant glamour to your home. A metallic wallpaper is the perfect option for those wanting to add a glam touch that isn’t too OTT.

There are a number of options if you’re looking to invest in the metallic trend. Choose a rich copper wallpaper to add warmth to a space, or keep it cool and contemporary with metallic silver shades.

Metallic feature wall

Arthouse Velvet Crush Foil Pattern Metallic Wallpaper


For further feature wall inspirations, be sure to check out our full feature wallpaper collection.