Feature Wall Wallpaper - DIY on a budget!

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I like feature walls! I actually prefer feature walls before wallpapering a whole room with big pattern I like feature walls! I actually prefer feature wall compared to wallpapering a whole room with big pattern wallpaper. Maybe it is because of the Nordic style and because I am used to the Nordic design which usually is quite clean and often involve white colors.


The traditional way to use a feature wall is make one whole wall as a feature wall. And that looks great and it really draws the attention to that particular wall. But there are also other ways to use a feature wall and it doesn't have to be a whole wall.

What is a feature wall?

A feature wall is a wall where you hang a wallpaper or a color that stands out to the rest of the room. The purpose with a feature wall is to make it more visible than the rest of the room since the human eye have a tendency to be drawn to the things that are different and make a change.

One way to use a feature wall is to place it behind the bed in a bedroom or making the wall with a mantle piece, or something else you want to give a wow-factor, as a feature wall.

A feature wall is supposed to be awesome with big patterns and preferably have lots of color. You can also have a private picture transformed to a wallpaper and make a feature wall of something personal that you like.


But there are other ways to do a feature wall

Other ways to do a feature wall is to hang the wallpaper horizontally! Imagine the effect a horizontal wallpaper with strips would make in a room! You can let it stretch up in the roof to create a change in the roof. In such a room your eyes will automatically be drawn to that protruding pattern or color in the roof and it will make the room more exciting. Or you can let it continue a bit over a corner and on to the next wall which will affect the spatial sense you get when you enter a room.

There are so many different patterns and colors to work with and I often find that it is difficult to choose only one! And the great part is that we don't need to choose only one wallpaper for a feature wall! I will show you an example of this in my latest project!

I have recently redecorated two smaller rooms upstairs, where initially one room had a blue wallpaper and the other room had a light orange/pink colour. The problem with the two rooms is that they are connected with a big opening so both rooms are visible at the same time. To me, these two different colours didn't fit well together at all, so something had to be done.

I think wallpapers with big patterns can look fantastic but the two small rooms wouldn't look good with big patterns on all four wall, or eight walls in this case! I could choose wallpaper with similar colours but I wanted something more exciting for these rooms. So, I had to go about in a different way!


This is a real favorite of mine! Strong colors that makes a great contrast to the grey basic color in the room!
This is a real favorite of mine! Strong colors that makes a great contrast to the grey basic color in the room! | Source
A simple piece of furniture in front of a feature wallpaper.
A simple piece of furniture in front of a feature wallpaper. | Source
I decided to use the feature wallpaper as a frame around the window. I am very pleased with the result!
I decided to use the feature wallpaper as a frame around the window. I am very pleased with the result! | Source
The white curtains fits well with the strong color!
The white curtains fits well with the strong color! | Source
This type of pattern can work really well as a single length on a wall!
This type of pattern can work really well as a single length on a wall! | Source
But in this case I decided to use two lengths.
But in this case I decided to use two lengths. | Source

Since I wanted the two rooms to feel connected and look like one unit, I use a plain grey wallpaper as the basic wallpaper in both rooms. To spice things up a little, I therefor use wallpaper with big patterns and strong colour as wallpaper for feature walls. But instead of using only one wallpaper as a feature wall I use two different wallpaper. It looks great even if you use two different patterns for feature walls in one room, if you just make sure the wallpapers have the same base colour. The important thing to consider, if you want different wallpaper to go well together, is to make sure that the wallpaper you choose have a splash of the plain wallpaper that is used in both rooms. By doing so, the two rooms will seem like one unit!

I don't hang the feature wallpaper on a whole wall either. Instead I prefer to hang one or two lengths of wallpaper in a bit unstructured way in the room. I have an rough idea before I start, but I usually change my plan as a go along, and hang a feature wall where I think it is suited. Some wallpaper with big patterns need to hang at least two lengths beside one another in order to make the pattern justice and some can hang by themselves. It all depends on the pattern. If the pattern is all over the length it usually needs to be at least two, but if the pattern is located to the centre of the length it looks great to use only one length of the feature wallpaper too.

There really isn't any limits to the different ways in how to use wallpaper in this way! You can hang one coloured length of wallpaper behind a chest of drawers in the bedroom, near the kitchen table in the kitchen or use a length behind one of your favourite painting. In other words, you can use one or two length of wallpaper anywhere you want to put forward a furniture or a wall in a room.


If you are more daring than me and like big patterns and much colour you can do the opposite and use large patterns and bright colour in most of the room and use plain wallpaper as a feature.

This way to use wallpaper lengths in this way can also be a great way to save some money and cut down on the renovation costs a little if you go for high quality wallpaper on the wallpaper for the feature parts and choose a cheaper wallpaper as a plain wallpaper. But in order to get the best result you should not combine wallpapers that are too different in quality because it will definitely show and the cheaper wallpaper will only look even worse.

I am sure you have some more ideas on how to use wallpaper as a feature wall. Feel free to share them!

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Media Magnate Mom 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

What great ideas for home decorating. I'm getting the itch to throw all our furniture and décor out the door and start from scratch. This might just be the inspiration I need to do it now. Useful and voted up!


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Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I love your decorating ideas. Wish I could do this at my house, but all the walls at present must be wallpapered because of the original construction (old). I would love to have plain old painted walls! Great Hub!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Well Tina, wallpaperings not one of my hobbies but this was more interesting than first anticipated. And besides, got the perfect friend to show your hub here to. Hope your having a fine Spring in Sweden my friend!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Media Magnate Mom, I am so glad you liked this and I wish you good luck with the redecoration! Even if it is a bit of work it is also very fun! Go for it and follow your itch!

Thanks for the encouraging comment, I appreciate it!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Scribinet! Yes, it is strange how every room can seem old and in need of redecoration at the same time. It can seem a bit overwhelming but I know you will do something fantastic with the walls in your house too! Thanks for reading and for the comment, I am always glad to see you!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Alastar, I know that some people find wallpapering both boring and just a lot of work, and that is ok, since there are always some else who do like wallpapering. It is great that you know someone who are interested, that is what friends are for, and I do the same with my friends:) I have a friend that is really good with cars and I am so grateful for people who want to spend some time on mending cars that are not working, and I am especially grateful when it is my car!

Spring is finally here and I enjoy every minute of this fantastic season! Thanks Alastar for your support and for reading! I appreciate you, and your comments very much. You are a dear friend. Skoal Alastar! I hope you have a great weekend!

Tina


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

This is a really cool idea - thanks for sharing it. I will be moving in about two months and am super excited about decorating my new place, but a little nervous, too, because I will have more space to decorate than ever before. I will have to put these tips to work.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Natashalh, it sounds so fun to be able to start over with a new place and I wish you a great time doing it! I am so glad to know that you liked this idea. Thanks for the comment!

Tina


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a marvelous idea for decorating a plain room on a budget. I love your photos using one strip right in the middle of the wall. I will be sharing this. Thanks Tina. Voted up!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

This is a fantastic idea. I like how using so little wallpaper can have such a big impact. The single or double strips anchored by the piece of furniture are really eye-catching. Nice hub.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I've always thought that if you're going to wallpaper a wall, you need to do the entire wall. You've given me a great idea for my bedroom. I really like how using just one or two strips of paper looks stunning. Thanks!

Up, awesome and useful. Sharing!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great ideas and easily done on a budget. Brilliant. Voting up.


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Clever design technique, I will mentally file that one for a later moment. Loved it and voted you up. I have had a multitude of wallpaper projects in my day. The last project was the dining room of the last house. I loved it. It took my a year to pick just the right paper, right after, myhusband was tranferred and we moved. Go figure right. Now I get to it over again.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

The feature wall and décor looks great together. What a great decorating project! Voted up and useful!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Tina, thanks for the inspiring tips... You make me look at my home with an eagerness to re-create...

BTW, I love using photo's (collages) instead of wallpaper.

Voted up, excellent-writing, inspiring and just awesome :)


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

This is very nice and interesting. I also love the idea of making 1 wall in the room a little different from the other walls. This makes the room appear visually more inviting, and a little different too. Your idea of having a feature wall behind the bed in a bedroom is good. That will create a lovely cosy look, if the wallpaper colors/patterns are chosen correctly. Thank you for sharing.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi vocalcoach, it is so nice to see you! I had so much fun when I wallpapered this room and it was great to be able to do something new with wallpaper. I hope you will try it and I am so glad you liked this! Thanks for the votes and for sharing, I value your opinion!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi ktrapp! The single stripes really makes something with a plain wall and it is a great way to highlight the things we want in a room. I see endless possibilities with wallpapering this way and everyone can be creative after their own taste. Thank you very much for the positive comment, it means a lot to me!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Susan! It should be possible to add a few strips to a wall but it all depends on the room and the wallpaper that already hang there. It will be a great way to fresh up a room and highlight something special if the wall is painted. I have only tried it when I wallpapering a whole wall or a room and it is a great way to hold the costs down because you can choose a cheaper wallpaper for the plain color and only 1 roll of a more expensive wallpaper will be enough for a whole room. Thanks for your comment and I know you will make a fantastic bedroom! Take care and have a wonderful day!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi TTombs08, Thank you for reading and for the comment! I appreciate the positive feedback and the vote,

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Golfgal! Oh, I am so sad to hear that! I know what you mean, it takes some time to choose the right wallpaper and it also takes some time to do the work:) I did the same in my last house too and I still think of that fantastic wallpaper that was left behind on the walls. I didn't really had enough time to enjoy them. I hope you got some inspiration from this and luckily for us, there are so many fantastic wallpaper to choose from:) Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it very much!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi rebeccambealey, Thank you for the positive comment and I am glad to know that you like this!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Martie, It is funny how a home never seem to be ready. There is always rooms that need some new decorating, some paint or new furniture. I am very satisfied with the two rooms that I just finished but there are so many left that doesn't look stylish at all:)) Photos are great to use instead of wallpaper and it is much more personal. The main thing is to have fun while we are creative since it is a lot of work! Thanks for the votes Martie, I appreciate the positive comment from you, Hugs!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Katrine! Yes, I love feature walls and there are so many ways to use the concept and make every room special in its own way. It is fun too! The worst part is to choose the wallpaper since there are so many different patterns and colors to choose from. Thanks for reading and for sharing and I hope you will try this!

Tina


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katrinasui 4 years ago

Beatutiful ideas for home decoration! Pictures are very beautiful.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

That is a great idea with the narrow wallpaper and little shelf table. I plan on doing one wall but it will be a furniture background and I can't do that but I may keep it in mind for another wall because as I say that is really nice! Thank you.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Katrinasui, Thanks for reading and for the comment, I am glad to share these ideas with you! I hope you have a great day!

Tina


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Jackie, There are so many possibilities on how to use wallpaper and feature wall wallpaper but in some cases it it can be better with other solutions. I am glad you liked this and thanks for reading! Take care

Tina


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Tina, I do like those strong colours, I am far too conservative with my colour schemes which limits what I use.

I love your ideas, very inspirational thank you and voted up.


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi Movie M! We often choose the colors we like and feel comfortable with and that is the most important when using wallpaper. Try strong colors in only small parts of a room which can be a way to get used to more colors! I hope you try it! But you can also have strong colors on curtains and so on, that will look great too. It is always nice to see you, and I appreciate the votes too!

Tina


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handymanbill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

Interesting ideas. I am always looking for something different. I do a lot of different things for people but this is a first. It really looks nice. I have a person I can show this to. Great ideas


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi handymanbill! I am so glad to know that you like these ideas! Thanks for reading and for the comment.

Tina


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homerevisor 3 years ago from New Jersey

awesome article with great insight into making it easy for the average DIYer! I'll definitely be Following your articles thougtforce! thanks for the quality stuff!


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thougtforce 3 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi homerevisor, I am so glad to have you as a follower and I will make a visit in your corner too!

Tina


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I was surprised about wallpaper, because I was under the impression wallpaper is an outdated style but many still use it. You have accomplished a useful and helpful hub on this creative thought.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi DDE, Yes, wallpapering wasn't so popular for a while but is now back. Personally, I prefer wallpapers since it give me so many different opportunities and it can be combined with color too.Thanks for reading, I appreciate the comment,

Tina


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erorantes 2 years ago from Miami Florida

Miss thougtforce, thank you for doing this useful hub. Your article on Feature Wall Wallpaper_DIY A Budget. I like the way the paper looks in the wall after all was done. You did a great job.


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thougtforce 2 years ago from Sweden Author

Hi erorantes, and thanks for the encouraging comment! I appreciate it,

Tina

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