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Paint your home: Feature wall


1. Define your preferences 

A feature wall can help add definition to the room, and is a great way to showcase your personality and revitalize the room at the same time.

Before you begin, take a look at your favourite colour inspirations, such as your dressing style and the colours of objects you're drawn to. Do you prefer bold shades or muted tones, bright hues or light pastels?

By creating a portfolio of ideas on what appeals to you, you will better understand your preferences with regard to colour denominators.

2. Starting out right

Choose a wall that holds the focus of the room, and look at the existing décor - this way, you can ensure that the design you eventually choose for the wall fits well with the rest of the room.

Instead of taking on big projects which can be overwhelming, start off small to get into the spirit, so that you can gain confidence to try out bolder designs. Decide which colours and styles you prefer and have a clear picture of the final look in mind; try not to overload the wall with too many design elements.

Opt for paints such as the Dulux All, formulated with a tough paint film coat and the unique ColourguardTM technology for outstanding washability and high-scrub resistance, so that colours are kept true and fresh for longer.

Certified with the Singapore Green Label, these paints are also anti-bacterial and low in odour, making it a paint that's good for you and the environment too.

3. Go bold with confidence

The simplest way to create a feature wall is to paint it a different colour from the other walls.

Use a bold or contrasting paint colour that would look stunning in the room, such as the rich and regal "Inspired Violet", AkzoNobel's Colour of the Year 2013.

You can also have the wall painted in a different sheen level than the rest of the room, e.g. if the walls in your room already have a matt finish, choose a contrasting high sheen or gloss finish for your feature wall.

4. Create your own original effects

If you're feeling more confident, try creating distinct patterns or effects for a unique feature wall.

Printing patterns on the wall is a quick way to create a feature wall. Simply use a masking tape as a guide to paint your design, such as stripes or chevrons, or make use of trendy stencils which are readily available in DIY stores.

Sombre gradients are also becoming increasingly popular, where walls begin with a single colour and blend into a chromatic spectrum from dark to light.

Start by portioning your wall into three sections, and paint colours in dark, medium and light shades from the same colour family.

Working with small sections of the wall, paint the darkest shade around the base, followed by the medium then the light shade around the ceiling.

Use a large, dry paintbrush to blend the hues into each other quickly, making sure that the lines are blurred.

Work quickly as paints blend easier when wet, and ensure that your brush is dry when using it to meld the colours together.

You can also experiment with different textures to add a striking statement.

Have fun and create your own textured wall by dabbing paint onto the wall using a sponge, or dragging a dry brush through wet paint for a striped effect.

Create the look of a stone wall in your room by placing a plastic sheet onto a wall with wet paint, scrunching it up to create an "imprint", then lifting the sheet away.



5. Have fun and play with colours

One of the great things about paint is that it is easy to change, update and modify as a wall colouring and covering.

There are no rules to the number of colours you can choose, only how you balance them.

Do not be afraid to use unconventional colours, your imagination is the limit! Let your imagination run free and experiment, and know that if it isn't quite right the first time, it is easy to have a second go.

This is how decorators learn over time, by trying ideas out. So go ahead and embark on your decorating journey with a spirit of adventure, have fun and learn along the way!

Article and images contributed by AkzoNobel Decorative Paints

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