From 3D tiles to wooden cladding, there are many ways to make an impact in the world of interiors. Here, House and Leisure‘s junior art director Gemma Bedforth looks at a few of the many techniques and styles you can employ when updating your living space with a statement wall.
Bring the outside in with a hand-painted mural of your favourite natural scene. To simplify a busy artwork, choose tones that will blend in with your existing decor, much like this forest mural by Carl Maritz.
Creating interest in a bathroom can be a challenge as there are extra factors, such as whether or not a material is waterproof, to take into account. Decorative, 3D tiles add texture to a space. By keeping the rest of the interior minimal, you allow the wall to become the hero.
preservation and restoration
When renovating a space, consider preserving or restoring an original wall. As you begin stripping off old plaster and paint, you might be surprised by what is revealed. Use a mixture of modern and vintage furniture, art and decor to complement a historic feature wall – a technique executed beautifully at the popular Rough Luxe hotel in London.
Broken or shattered geometrics are an ultra-graphic way to make a statement, and they’re also fun and easy to create. Use masking tape to achieve straight lines and choose a palette of three colours that will work well with the theme of your room.
Use wooden panels and cladding to create a variety of patterns and shapes that add a textural layer to your decor. Graphic impact aside, the additional layer of wood will also help retain warmth during the colder months.
For a striking yet minimal look, consider a patterned wallpaper – such as the one seen above in the bedroom of Roberta and Paul Thatcher’s Parkhurst home. The photo-realistic effect speaks for itself and refuses to fade into the background.
In an interior with a strong colour scheme, try a spot colour in the same tone as the existing decor for a highlighted panel or focal wall. For an even braver DIY look, experiment a bit by painting over artworks and furniture to create an optical illusion of sorts.
Dedicate an area of the garden wall to kids’ entertainment. A climbing wall is a great way to encourage little ones to spend some time outside by cleverly utilising an otherwise bare area. Bright colours pair well with astroturf, a water-wise and easy-to-maintain grass alternative.
Mirrors are a great way to bring an extra dimension into your space, especially in smaller rooms. Take it a step further with a bold metallic sheet, such as in this copper-panelled wall, seen in the bedroom of Dane Erweé and Chris Willemse’s Western Cape farmhouse.
For the green-fingered, a brilliant way to create a statement is with plants. Use a variety of indoor flora, including grasses, succulents and florals, to create a living wall that perfectly matches your aesthetic.