Manor Interiors, the experts in build-to-rent furnishing solutions, has revealed how to maximise the space in your home by utilising one simple trick – wallpaper, and how you use it on a feature wall in particular.
Wallpaper itself originated in the 16th century and was initially used to decorate the insides of cupboards or other small spaces. Fast forward to the start of the 20th century and rich and poor alike were plastering wallpaper all over their homes, from kitchens to bathrooms and everywhere in between.
Today, we still love a bit of wallpaper within our home, quite a bit in fact. In the UK alone, the wallpaper market is worth an estimated £113m. This climbs to nearly £1.5bn globally but is expected to reach £5.5bn in the next five years.
While it’s most widely used across much of Asia, Europe is also seeing a wallpaper resurgence and this is being driven by the trend to renovate rather than relocate.
From vinyl to fabrics, paper-based and non-woven, there’s a wallpaper to suit every style. Not only is it cost-effective, but it allows property owners to protect their walls while adding some additional style to their homes.
One particularly popular method of customising our homes with wallpaper in recent years has been via a feature wall.
What is a feature wall?
Customising a feature wall essentially means decorating one wall within a room different from the rest, and this is often done with wallpaper.
With many of us choosing to upsize our existing homes as a result of the pandemic, a feature wall has become a popular way to accentuate the space already available in our homes, creating the illusion of more room without the hefty renovation costs.
How to create the perfect feature wall
It might seem simple but there are a few important dos and don’ts when it comes to feature walls.
Firstly, choose carefully. You shouldn’t pick a feature wall at random. Instead, find a focal point within your home - an area that draws the eye is often the best bet. This will usually be based on your property’s architecture.
It could be an unusually shaped wall or one that runs parallel to your dining table. A wall that sits behind the headboard of your bed, or even the one that your TV is situated on or in front of.
Avoid a small, cramped or cluttered room. Adding a feature wall to an area that doesn’t do it justice will only increase that claustrophobic feeling and result in a waste of time and wallpaper or paint.
Once you’ve chosen your wall think about your style. Colour is important and any colour or pattern should complement the wider room and theme of your home. If you’ve opted for cool, crisp whites and greys throughout, choosing fluorescent orange as your feature wall colour probably isn’t a good idea.
That doesn’t mean you can’t pick a bright colour, but in this instance, a softer yellow or green would work far better.
The benefit of using wallpaper on your feature wall is that it allows for a greater degree or trial and error with less work required to rectify it if you change your mind.
CEO of Manor Interiors, Farhan Malik, commented:
“All too often we spend a great deal of time and thought on the layout of our home and the furniture we fill it with, but we fail to consider how our walls help tie a room together.
For most, a lick of white paint is as far as we go, but a splash of the right colour and a bit of time spent on the right feature wall can work wonders in maximising the space available to us.”
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