Wallpaper for a feature wall

Wallpaper can really tie a room together. From bright and bold to understated and timeless, check out our ideas for adding a feature wall to your living room.

Graham & Brown Midnight Garden Wallpaper.

Make your living room stand out from the crowd with one of these fab feature wallpaper designs.

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1. Floral wallpaper

Bring a neutral scheme to life with floral wallpaper. Whether big and bold, or soft and subdued, florals give an interior a beautiful backdrop. Introduce large botanical prints to create a standout feature wall, or go wall-to-wall with vintage floral patterns for a soft feminine look.

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2. Damask wallpaper

Add a sense of drama to your living room with an elegant damask design. This timeless pattern lends itself to so many styles and looks great on all 4 walls or as an accent wall. Combine with luxe touches, such as velvet textures, glass surfaces and metallic accessories to create a scheme that oozes opulence.

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3. Geometric wallpaper

Be it bold shapes or intricate patterns, geometrics act as the perfect backdrop for modern furniture, and when used sparingly can create real impact. Use triangular patterns in pastel pinks, yellows and blues to add a chic, Scandi vibe. Or, for a retro take, opt for 70s-style graphics like zigzags and chevrons.

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4. Brick wallpaper

Take the industrial look up a notch with a wallpaper that imitates the appearance of bare brick or stone walls. Often, with a boldly patterned design like this, it’s best to use it around a central focal point such as a chimney breast. Pair it with metal surfaces and warmer wood tones to create a style that’s stripped back and minimalistic.

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5. Metallic wallpaper

For an on-trend look, introduce metallics to your walls. From gold and silver to copper and rose gold, metallic wallpaper can truly elevate a space. Its gleaming surface reflects light across a room, making it feel more open and spacious. Style with mirrored furniture and metallic accessories to add a glam edge to a room.

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6. Woodland wallpaper

Finish off your rustic scheme with a feature wall full of woodland wonder - think tree motifs, animal silhouettes and lots of leafy imagery. A design like this creates a lovely whimsical feel, perfect for any cosy living room setting. Team with furniture and accessories in natural and textured materials for a soft yet vibrant style.

Wallpapering a feature wall

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Feature wall or full room redo

Before wallpapering your living room, decide whether you want to focus on a feature wall or the entire room. A feature wall generally works best as a contrast to an otherwise neutral scheme. Often, wallpapers with bold patterns make great accent walls, but can be overpowering if applied to every wall in the room.

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Choosing an accent wall

The wall you choose for your feature wall needs to stand out, so pick the one that naturally draws your attention. Ideally, an accent wall should have no windows or doors, as they can distract from your design. For maximum impact, try to match your wall with items that exist elsewhere in the room.

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How to wallpaper a feature wall

Wallpapering a feature wall requires a little planning and prep work. Start by cleaning your chosen wall with a damp cloth, so that the wallpaper has a blemish-free surface to stick to. Next, apply the wallpaper to the wall, beginning in the middle and working out towards the corners.

Wallpaper hacks

Wallpaper needn’t be just for walls. Here are some clever and creative ways you can repurpose it around your house.

Wallpapering furniture

Looking for a subtle way to work wallpaper into a room? Why not revamp an old bookcase with your favourite wallpaper print? Simply push out the back panel and apply wallpaper to the desired area – it’s an instant style upgrade.

Framing wallpaper

If you love pattern but don’t want it covering your walls, then you could frame it instead. Framing wallpaper is an easy and inexpensive way to give a wall character. Try using a mix of different wallpaper patterns to achieve a chic, eclectic look.

Wallpapering the ceiling

When decorating a room, the ceiling is often ignored, and left untouched. One way to better utilise this space is to cover it with wallpaper. Choose a design that ties in with the theme of the room, or if you want to make a statement, go for a graphic print.

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