Whether it’s curling up under a blanket to watch Sunday’s finest daytime television or enjoying a spot of reading next to a roaring fire on a cold, winter’s day, it’s true that there’s nothing quite like spending time in your living room. The living room is where we most often socialise, from playing board games with family to catching up with friends over a glass of wine, so its importance within the home cannot be understated.
A beautiful communal area truly is necessary to creating a comfortable living environment, so making sure you’ve designed a space which reflects your lifestyle and personal tastes should certainly be at the top of your list of interior design priorities. One great way to do this is to create a standout feature wall in your front room, as this can transform even the barest of rooms into an inviting and alluring living space. Here are our top ideas for creating a feature wall that suits your living room perfectly.
One simple yet effective way to design a feature wall in your living room is to opt for bold wallpaper. By keeping the other walls in the room neutral and choosing just one wall to sport a striking design, you can make a statement without making the space look too overcrowded or chaotic. This is especially beneficial if you’re working with a small room, as pasting every wall with loud wallpaper may make it appear even smaller.
There are many beautiful types of wallpaper you can opt for, depending on your personal tastes and interior design preferences. For instance, if you’re inspired by period properties, you may consider wallpaper with an ornate, damask-style design. On the other hand, if your home has a more contemporary feel, you may prefer wallpaper with a geometric design. Once you’ve decided on the perfect wallpaper for your feature wall, you can begin to choose furniture or framed pictures to complement the design and turn your guests’ heads as they walk into the room.
Whether you’re a fine art enthusiast or you own a few framed pictures you’ve fallen in love with, decorating with statement art is a great way to create a feature wall. Eye-catching paintings, sketches or even photographs can add personality to any room instantly and are brilliant tools to showcase your preferred tastes without going overboard. You can either opt for one large piece or fill the wall with lots of different sized frames – the choice is yours.
Pair each piece with a decorative frame and you’ll have a creative yet very tasteful statement wall to hand! This is a popular way to add character to your living room as you can achieve a brilliant look no matter what your budget. Whether you want to invest in gorgeous paintings or you’re happy to pick up some low-cost, quirky prints from a nearby charity shop, the end result is sure to look amazing.
Fortunately for those working to a strict budget, you don’t need to change the design of your living room to create a stylish feature wall. If you don’t want to re-paint your walls or take down your existing wallpaper, you can draw attention to your new feature wall by simply rearranging your furniture. For instance, if you have a gorgeous coffee table that you want to showcase or your beautiful wooden bookcase is your favourite piece of furniture in the entire room, you may want to use your feature wall as a backdrop to highlight how special they really are.
If this is the case, you’ll likely want to keep the design of your chosen feature wall relatively simple. This will help make your chosen furniture pieces truly stand out without the need to redecorate at all, making this idea a great solution for those who don’t want to make any significant changes.
Whether you’re an avid reader or you’d like somewhere to display trinkets and souvenirs you’ve picked up all over the world, you may appreciate more storage in your living room. One fun way to store books, globes, photographs and more while displaying them for all to see is to put up extra shelving in your living room. Interesting shelving can transform even the barest of walls and is, therefore, a functional yet aesthetically pleasing way to create a feature wall in your living room.
When opting for shelving, there is a myriad of options to choose from. For instance, you could opt for rustic planks of wood supported by exposed piping or iron beams to create an industrial feel in your living room. Alternatively, you could opt for painted white shelves hung up by pieces of knotted blue rope to create a beachy, nautical feel. If you’re inspired by contemporary design, why not opt for copper wire shelving in geometric shapes? Whatever you choose, make sure you fill each shelf with things that inspire you, from potted plants to framed photographs, to keep your feature wall reflective of your personality.
If you’re handy with a paintbrush, why not get creative and paint your very own mural? This is a great way to showcase your own talents while designing a feature wall full of character and personality. When it comes to designing your mural, there are many different ideas available, so you have the opportunity to be as creative or as subtle as you like. No matter what style or design your living room adheres to, a mural is an effective way to inject a touch of personality into your space.
Murals can be as bold or as simple as you’d like – the choice is yours! Additionally, if you don’t have any artistic talents yourself, you can even hire a painter to create a piece of art for you. Common mural ideas include forest landscapes, watercolour splashes, floral designs, leaf print or an “around the world” map theme. Murals can also be 3D if you’d like them to be, so you could incorporate prized items such as antique clocks and lampshades if they suit your preferred tastes.
There’s nothing quite like a charming fireplace to transform a feature wall. A stunning stone fireplace will attract the attention of anyone who walks into your home and is the perfect focal piece for both modern and traditional houses. In the summer, you can decorate your mantlepiece with flowers and potted plants to bring a cool, green atmosphere to the room. In the winter, you can light a fire and enjoy the warm light it casts across your living room, making a fireplace a great addition to the home all year round.
There are many different types of fireplace available for the home, giving you the opportunity to choose one which really complements your existing decor. Whether you opt for honey-coloured Cotswold limestone or blue-hued Great Tew ironstone, having a stone fireplace installed in your home can bring a touch of elegance and warmth to any room.
Another benefit of creating a feature wall with a fireplace, as we touched on previously, is the fact that you can decorate the mantlepiece however you wish. There are many brilliant ways to do this, including:
Standing a mirror on top of your mantlepiece can bring a sense of luxury to a room while also making it appear much larger than it actually is. Opt for a mirror in an ornate frame to complement the simplicity of your stone fireplace surrounds.
When your fireplace isn’t in use, you’ll still appreciate how homely a flickering flame can make your living room feel. Adding just a few candles to your mantelpiece can help you achieve this cheaply and effectively.
Adding a picture of you and your loved one on your wedding day or a photograph of your child at their graduation ceremony can bring a touch of personality to your mantelpiece and help you centre your feature wall around the most important memories in your life.
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