If you want to give your home a new look this summer, why not inject some colour into it by creating your own feature wall?
Not only does a feature wall stand out - as it is designed to - but it also saves you loads of time on redecorating an entire room.
This easy DIY painting project is something that even the most inexperienced renovator can undertake, all you need is a bit of know-how, the right equipment and some elbow grease.
Features walls are perfect in rooms that have a neutral colour scheme, with it being a prime opportunity to highlight the best aspects of an area.
Why not take inspiration from the festive season and choose a vivid red or bold green for your wall?
The best part of this project is that if you tire of the colour scheme, you can always repaint it - simple as that!
Azure blue, burnt orange, buttercup yellow and royal purple are all popular shades for a feature wall. Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can experiment with a metallic high-sheen finish for something different.
They don't have to be just strictly one colour either - you may want a striped or tiled effect, or even a two toned look.
Horizontal or diagonal stripes in contrasting colours of the same shade can add perspective and definition to a room, which may create the illusion of space.
To recreate this look, pencil in lines using a large ruler and then mask off each edge so that you can paint the stripes.
Before painting, you will need to place drop sheets around the place to protect furniture and the floor - if you don't have any on hand, you can hire these from your local Kennards store.
Because you are only painting the one wall, surfaces will need to be masked off so that you don't get any colour on anything else. To do this, use masking tape on the wall edges, skirting boards, window and door frames and fittings.
Once this is done you will need to do the 'cutting in' - the process where you use a brush to paint around anything you have masked off.
Depending on what space you have to work with, you may find using a paint roller easier, helping you cover larger surfaces more efficiently. If you are using a brush, use long downward strokes, starting from the top of the wall.