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Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

Nunawading Residence

Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

By:  Published October 12, 2015


A feature, or an accent, wall, which is a wall of a room or an area that’s different from surrounding walls, is a well-established design tool that performs several functions. For many years, painting one wall a different color has been a popular and effective device, but designers are now exploring other ways to shine the spotlight on it. Here, Houzz professionals share their views on feature walls, how they are being interpreted in today’s homes and what’s in store for the future.

What a Feature Wall Can Do

The feature wall as a design device has a long history. Vikki Montalban of VM Design — who prefers the term accent wall — says, “Not all rooms need one, but they are a great tool to balance the shape of a room and to manage focus in a space. For example, a contrast to draw attention to a [headboard], or a dark wall to deemphasize a television screen.”

Omni Interiors principal designer Amanda Kiley adds that a feature wall provides a starting point for a room’s feel or aesthetic, bringing color, pattern and texture together into a cohesive whole. …Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: DIY Salvaged-Wood Wall

Seahound Ranch

Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Salvaged Sculptures by John Whitmarsh

By:  Published December 27, 2011


When we posted a Houzz Tour on designer Garrison Hullinger’s Northwest beach house, people were intrigued with the salvaged wood wall he constructed in his family room. It was a carry-over look from the master bedroom, where Hullinger had left a 100-year-old tongue-and-groove plank wall exposed. He wanted to bring that design element to another part of the house.

While browsing Flickr for photos of wood walls, Hullinger came across a shot of a stacked wood wall from a bar in Manhattan. By using building materials he found from his property and several other construction sites, he recreated the idea in this slat wall, adding a standout feature to his interior.

Beach Style Bathroom

This stacked wood element covers a small corner wall in the family room. Although the wood was salvaged, most of the pieces were about the same color. Hullinger wanted more variety, so he stained many pieces prior to placing them on the wall. …Read Full Article


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