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Overview

A feature wall will add interest and create a focal point for your room. Here are some tips to help you create a feature wall in your home.

Steps

1Choose your feature wall

The wall you choose needs to be large enough to take the colour or the effect that you've chosen. It could be a backdrop to shelving or artwork, a chimney breast or alcove. Try to avoid walls that have a large door or window as they take away the focal point of the feature.

2Choose the right colour for your wall

When choosing a feature wall colour, consider the rest of the room and the impact you want to have on the space. You could choose a favourite colour or pick something else in the room that you love and complement it that way.

3Test different colours with charts and paint chips

It's a great idea to pick up some colour charts and paint chips from the store or have a look at the sample wallpaper on display. Paint is a great, cost effective way to instantly add a lift to a room.

4Add some drama with wallpaper

Wallpaper can add a dramatic effect to your room, so you want to make the right choice.  You can easily test the effect by choosing a paint of a similar colour and painting the wall first.  If you like it then go ahead with the paper.

5Choose your wallpaper for the right effect

There are a lot of great patterns and bold colours and textures available in wallpaper that can really make a statement in a room. But your feature wall doesn't always need to be bold. You can try neutral tones with a textured finish to add interest.

6Make a feature using alternative materials

There are a lot of great alternatives to paint such as patterned paper, timber, brick, pressed metal. These will all create a dynamic feature wall that adds real personality and interest to your space.

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.