Feature walls not only add character, but they can also give your new home a distinctive design edge, inside or out. In an entry foyer or portico, for example, a feature wall can set the scene for what will be revealed in the rest of the home. In a living room or master bedroom, a statement wall can shine as a focal point, while in a kid’s bedroom there’s endless scope for feature-wall fun.
Dave Clynk, Design Manager for the Plunkett Group, says the current trends embrace feature walls that add understated tone and texture, as well as those that make a bold statement.
“While some feature walls are designed as the main attraction, others become the backdrop to a room’s overall interior design scheme,” Dave says. “They are generally more understated, setting off furniture and accessories rather than being the centre of attention.”
Paint has long been a favourite method of creating a feature wall, but the latest looks show what can be done with a variety of different materials to add visual interest. Here are four materials that can turn a wall from plain and simple, to simply sensational:
Timber: Real timber brings a natural, organic and very tactile element to any home and you don’t need much to create a wow-factor wall. Darker timbers are especially popular at the moment, including the warm tones of cedar and jarrah, along with the more ‘beachy’ look of bleached or lime-washed oak. In its Verona display home in Baldivis, Plunkett laid Glosswood pre-finished timber boards vertically to create a stunning feature wall in the entry hallway, setting the scene for the home’s sophisticated interiors. The result is an eye-catching feature wall that feels instantly warm and engaging.
Tiles: From 3D effects to digital prints, today’s tempting tile choices mean you can create a unique feature wall that adds personality and pizzazz. Whether you want colour, texture, warmth, detail or instant impact, there is a tile to suit. Thanks to today’s timber-effect tiles, you can even create the effect of wood-panelled feature walls in wet areas. Picture timber-grain tiles used on the wall of a resort-style ensuite, for example. When the tiles are laid in an offset pattern, they cleverly mimic the look of true timber without all the maintenance. Understated decorative tiles and tiles that create a three-dimensional look are also big news at the moment, especially in retro-inspired rooms. In its Riviera display home in Wandi, Plunkett has used 3D tiles with a wave pattern to create a feature wall near the front door, while delicately patterned hexagonal tiles add subtle interest to the shower in the ensuite of the Amherst in Banjup.
Wallpaper: We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wallpaper, with everything from delicate prints to big-impact murals. You can even supply your own imagery to create a custom-designed wallpaper. Among the latest looks are velvety wallpapers arriving from Europe and subtle geometric prints. In its Amherst display home in Banjup, Plunkett has showcased a restoration-red brickwork wallpaper in the upstairs games room and a vintage-inspired print in the master bedroom. In the Riviera display home in Wandi, a vibrant green-and-white design provides added wow-factor in the ensuite, while in the Modena display home in Woodvale, a delicate geometric pattern adds an extra dimension to the games room.
Stone: Not just for outside, stone is perfect for bringing a touch of the outdoors in. With its natural tones and organic colour variations, it’s a great choice for coastal or resort-style homes. In its Cottesloe Beach display home in Alkimos, Plunkett used stone to create a full-height feature wall with a dual-sided fireplace in the living area. In the Catherine Bay display home in Bunbury, the design team continued the exterior stacked-stone wall of the porch into the entry hallway for maximum impact.