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Feature Wall Ideas: 5 Bold Colour Choices for your Space

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Now, don’t get me wrong – I love a Scandinavian interior scheme – but there’s something so unbeatable about a bold splash of paint on a wall, don’t you think? These five feature wall ideas are a bit daring, sure, but it’s a ‘go hard or go home’ scenario here, Creatives – with results that are sure to be nothing short of amazing.

Let’s get gutsy and embrace the colourful feature wall! Here’s how…


Introducing a bright colour like this onto your walls is a no brainer for an Aussie summer (or any other warm climate, for that matter). The cool nature of this colour will make warm spaces feel less intense, and bode well for placement in a coastal home or a space where whites and brights like yellows and greens come to play (the tropical trend is ideal here).

A turquoise colour story really packs a punch, so it’s best you focus on painting one wall only and reserve this colour for spaces you don’t want to necessarily relax in, like dining rooms, living rooms, kids bedrooms and so on. Bring in furniture and homewares featuring blonde timbers and glossy whites and you have a room that feels fresh and lively! This one’s my fave.

Feature Wall Ideas: Burnt Orange and Grey Feature Wall

Soft Grey

If you love white but want to kicks things up a notch in an unexpected way, soft grey feature walls are a great idea. They’re far more interesting that creams and beiges – which are becoming outdated neutrals – and if you choose a light enough grey you’ll have the flexibility and freedom to pair it with just about any colour.

This is a hue that can go across any room, but think outside the box and place it in a nursery or kids bedroom for maximum impact. The subdued nature of a soft grey means it’ll pair beautifully with a dusty pinks, blues or yellows – with a tone so light it still feels airy and clean. Try it in your master bedroom, too. It really is the new neutral!


Feeling bold and brave? Terracotta tones are best left to those of you who really want to express yourself through paint. This colour story is a warm and vibrant one, so it’s best placed in a room that needs to feel cosier and/or more inviting.

Because reds and oranges are warm colours, avoid putting this feature wall in a room that gets a tonne of sun, or you’ll feel like you’re on fire. A dining room would rock this look like no other space could. Pair it with whites and deep greens for an entertaining area that feels transportive (hello Mexico!), or consider it for a balcony wall or outdoor area. Lush plants will sit so nicely against this warm tone, so it’s begging for a marriage with greenery.

Feature Wall Ideas: Baby Blue Feature Wall

Baby Blue

It’s time to lift this shade out of the boys’ nursery and splash it about some living spaces. A cool, calm and subdued shade, baby blue is a safe bet if you want to dabble in colour but are too afraid to go all out. If you love a modern interior scheme with blonde timbers and white accents, this is a great colour to act as a backdrop, because it’ll let your furniture and homewares shine without demanding too much attention.

If you want to create a room that feels relaxing, opt for a monochromatic colour story – painting a baby blue feature wall and then bringing in a range of other blues in darker tones (the more varying degrees of blue, the calmer and more soothing the space will feel). Add dashes of more electric tones (like neon greens and pinks) if you want to add some contrast.

Feature Wall Ideas: Dusty Pink Feature Wall

Dusty Pink

I did a post recently that talked to the ‘new girly’ interior trend, which mixes soft greys, dusty pinks, black and metallics for a fresh take on traditional femininity. A feature wall is the best place to start if you want to create a space that conjures up a feminine but modern feel.

By opting for a dusty pink paint, you allow the feature wall to be your subtle nod to a ‘girly’ aesthetic. Then you can start layering with your complimentary colours and interesting shapes for a room that feels dramatic and luxurious without being too over the top or contrived. Be wary with your pink, though, and ask in-store for a shade that doesn’t feel to juvenile.

Which is your fave feature wall here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

All snaps in this post come courtesy of the divine Clickon Furniture.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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6 Responses

  1. Great and useful information. I do lovbe all these bold colour choices, some may suit the best for my apartment in waltham ma. I really like Terracotta tone, which is warm and vibrant one so i would try this one for my bedroom, I find out that it’s important in order to keep a balance for color combination so i consider of choosing the best neutral and balanced colours as well as hiring a house painter this year

  2. Hi. He is
    We are nearly finished building our home in nsw. I’m going a coastal Hamptons theme with herringbone oak floors, soft blues and warm grey and natural linen colours on sofa. Rattan pendants and beautiful sheer linen drapes. I’m wanting to be daring and do a feature wall in a warm charcoal/coal colour. It’s a wall that will have a fire place in it and cabinetry and timber shelving. So the colour is the backdrop. Can you advise? Any wall colours in that tone that you have done? Any advice.
    Thank you DONNA

  3. Hi Chris!
    I’m getting into painting my house and absolutely LOVE the light gray & orange combo. Exactly what I’ve been looking for! Do you happen to know the brand name/color named used?

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