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WHERE Should I do a Feature Wall and What COLOUR Should it Be?

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What is the difference between a good or a bad feature wall?

A Bad Feature Wall

  • Is on the wrong wall
  • Is on too MANY walls
  • Has the wrong finish on it (too shiny)
  • In the bathroom
  • Doesn’t relate to anything in the room. These walls are often a reflection of the homeowner’s personal tastes, without considering the needs of the room and its products/furnishings

A Good Feature Wall

  • Highlights a room’s natural architecture
  • Adds fake architecture or personality to a room that is lacking interest
  • Picks up on a colour that is already existing in the room either in hard surfaces or on linens/artwork/dominant decor
  • Nicely contrasts a colour that is already existing in the room

Best dark room paint colour, Benjamin Moore Knoxville Gray, blue green gray color blend. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint

And you might be surprised to hear that I have 5 feature walls in my own home – that’s right, 5. But you wouldn’t know it because they work off of the home’s natural flow and suit the rooms that they’re in. It’s like I know what I’m doing or something – wink wink.

Now, before we get into great feature room COLOURS, let’s talk about placement.

Where Should You Put a Feature or Accent Wall?

The Headboard Wall in a Bedroom

This is ‘usually’ the main long wall that you first look at when you walk into a room. It’s rarely the closet/door wall and isn’t the window wall very often either (contrary to a few of my photos). It’s also not ideal if you have to walk into the room and turn around to see the headboard/feature wall.

Benjamin moore White Dove on walls, best white paint colour with gray feature wall in teen girl bedroom. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

This can be the area ABOVE the fireplace or the walls on either side of the fireplace. You won’t often find the feature wall colour on the walls beside AND above the fireplace – only when the drywall is one continuous piece beside and above the fireplace, rather than having a bump-out above the fireplace.

Family room, tv hung on wall, shiplap feature wall Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray with beige sectional, south facing exposure. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint colour consulting, advice blog

Sure, it won’t brighten the hallway, but it WILL add personality and depth!

Hallway update with laminate wood look flooring, Benjamin Moore Gray feature wall, Sherwin Williams Creamy and door to bathroom. Kylie M INteriors E-design

The Main Wall in the Living room or Family Room

This is usually the wall that the longest piece of furniture is on.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy with beige sectional, best dark blue paint colour. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online color consultant

On a Unique or Interesting Part of the Drywall

This can really vary depending on the home and the layout.

Home office, feature wall Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black with Benjamin Moore Cloud White. E-design and colour consulting services

The Main Back Wall in the Dining Room

This often works best when the remaining dining room walls are painted the same colour as the adjoining rooms, just so the palette doesn’t get too busy.

Sherwin Williams Clary Sage, best green paint colour. Kylie M INteriors E-design, online paint color expert blogger

In a Staircase

This can be the back wall of the landing area (on a 2 part staircase) OR the main wall that runs along one side of the staircase from top to bottom.

photo display in stairwell or stairway

 

 

Now to the good stuff, paint colours

Blue or gray with a blue-undertone is one of my FAVE choices for a feature wall as it can suit both warm AND cool paint colours.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy HC 154

Oh, Hale yes! Hale Navy is definitely the King of the navy world. Why? Well, he’s that fine blend between committing to navy blue, without going primary OR graying out.

Benjamin Moore Hale Navy blue feature wall with Chantilly Lace in boys nursery bedroom. Best white paint colour. Kylie M INteriors Edesign online paint colour consultant blog

Chantilly Lace and feature wall in Hale Navy Benjamin Moore in boys nursery bedroom. Kylie M Interiors paint colour reviews online paint consulting blog

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray

Anchor Gray will give you a blue, but subdued approach compared to the strength of Hale Navy.

Benjamin Moore Anchor Gray, White Dove trim, travertine stacked stone fireplace, tobacco brown leather chairs, gray carpet. Kylie M Interiors E-design, online paint color consulting. Best blue paint

In the above photo, while this colour actually wrapped around the room, the idea is to show you the colour beside the fireplace to accent the colours in the stone.

 

 

Benjamin Moore Steel Wool 2121-20

Steel Wool is a subtler, softer approach. It’s more of a soft, medium depth and leans considerably grayer, with more of a blue-purple undertone to it.

Family room with photo gallery wall, gray sectional. Sherwin Williams Creamy and Benjamin Gray feature wall. Hemnes bookcases and accent chair. Kylie M Interiors

The Best Dark Gray & Charcoal Paint Colours for an Accent or Feature Wall

While I might lean hard into the blues and grays with blue undertones, I have to say that the request I get the most often HAS to be gray – just good old gray. But, as you may or may not know, gray has undertones, so make sure you pick the RIGHT gray for your room!

Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray

Chelsea Gray is a VERY solid medium-toned charcoal gray with a softness to it, so it’s not an icy cold gray. It can pick up a vague green undertone.

Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

Amherst Gray is along similar lines to Chelsea Gray, but it has more depth (more in the med-dark range) and can also grab that wink o’ green.

Diy industrial metal looking fireplace surround. Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal and Navajo White. Kylie M Interiors Edesign online paint color consulting and blogger. Client diy

 

Benjamin Moore Escarpment CC 518

Escarpment is a beautiful, considerably warm gray with a decent purple undertone in it.

Master bedroom, Benjamin Moore Collingwood with Escarpment feature, accent wall. Kylie M Interiors Decorating and E-design

 

The Best Greige and Brown Paint Colours for an Accent or Feature Wall

 The thing with greige is that it really is only greige up to the medium range, after that it starts to favour brown, gray, green or purple – it can lose a bit of its ‘greige’ look. Kingsport Gray below are really on the boundaries of greige. Any darker and they start leaning into gray or brown more definitively with more noticeably undertones at times.

 

Benjamin Moore Brown Horse 2108-30

Brown Horse is brown, but not overly fudgy (a technical term) NOR grayed-out.

Dark bedroom with gold and yellow accents with dark wood furniture. Benjamin Moore Brown Horse

Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray HC 86

Kingsport Gray is a pretty classic colour. It’s nestled nicely between gray and brown and is more likely to favour the brown over the gray, but not by a HUGE amount.

Edesign, online color consulting. Kylie M Interiors Benjamin Moore colour expert. Feature accent wall in Kingsport Gray, other walls Accessible Beige, upholstered headboard

 

While it’s not technically a ‘feature wall’, it acts as a feature of sorts as the powder room in our last home was small enough that I could wrap it right around the room!

 

Benjamin Moore Whitall Brown HC 69

Whitall Brown is a beautiful brown with a lower LRV. It’s a softer approach compared to the depth and richness of Brown Horse.

 

The Best Paint ‘Colours’ for an Accent or Feature Wall

Now, you might be in the mood for MORE colour, and I get it, I love colour too, but for the sake of mass appeal, I wanted to focus on the most popular colours that my clients are asking for.

Benjamin Moore Tawny Rose 2173 20

Tawny Rose is a rich, rusty colour – not red, not orange, not brown, just a beautiful blend of them all!

Feature wall in Benjamin Moore Tawny Rose, Gentle Cream, open layout dining and family room. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint colour consulting. ARtez photography

Photo by Artez Photography

Similar to Tawny Rose are Cinnamon, which is a bit more orange/bright and Sienna which is a bit darker and more grounded.

Benjamin Moore Smoked Oyster 2109-40

I love me some Smoked Oyster as it not only tastes great on crackers, but it also looks beautiful on the feature wall! Just be sure to not mix the 2 up or you could have some stanky walls and a terrible snack.

Feature or accent wall fireplace Benjamin Moore Smoked Oyster, purple paint colour. Benjamin Moore Stone House. Beige carpet. Kylie M Interiors Edesign, online paint color consulting, advice blog

 

 

The Best Almost Black Paint Colours for an Accent or Feature Wall

I love dark paint colours, either on a feature wall or in an entire room – but, not EVERY room can pull them off, sometimes the colours with the darker LRV’s are just too much for a space. Make sure you have the lighting and decor before you commit to one of these bad boys.

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to Paint Colours and LRV

Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10

You’ll have NO luck finding Gray by its name alone – as Pinterest will show you ALL of Benjamin Moore’s gray paint colours. You need the number/code to find this bad boy – and he’s worth looking at! Gray 2121-10 is a darned dark charcoal with a passive blue-purple undertone. Remember, blue can swing a few different ways, so make sure you’re getting the type of blue you like the most!

Hallway update with laminate wood look flooring, Benjamin Moore Gray feature wall, Sherwin Williams Creamy and door to bathroom. Kylie M INteriors E-design

 

Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur 2126-20 or Wrought Iron 2124-10

Raccoon Fur and Wrought Iron give me the warm fuzzies – but that’s because I love double d’s. Hey, not THOSE kind of double d’s (a girl can dream) but the OTHER double d’s – paint colours that are deep and dark. Raccoon Fur and Wrought Iron are similar to each other, being NOT quite black paint colours. They are just a fine blend of black, blue (with a purple undertone) and dark gray.

Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur feature accent wall with Pure White and art gallery style display in bedroom. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, online paint color specialist

Moody dramatic feature wall lin bedroom. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur with Sherwin Pure White. Kylie M INteriors Edesign. Gallery style artwork

I have Wrought Iron (not shown above) in our master bedroom and it’s wicked gorgeous. However, Tim’s always leaving his undies around, so I haven’t been able to snap a great photo yet. You’ll find that Wrought Iron is just a bit more blackish and slightly less colourful than Raccoon Fur.

Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray 1589

This one is a personal fave, as shown in the hallway of our old home. Kitty Gray is a med-dark charcoal with a GOOOORGEOUS blue-green undertone. I can’t WAIT to get the chance to use this colour again somewhere in our new home.

Benjamin Moore Kitty Gray feature art wall with Collonade Gray. Ken Kirkby totem pole original painting. Kylie M INteriors Edesign, virtual paint color expert

Benjamin Moore Azure Water 677 or Gulf Stream 670

Here’s a nice pop of colour for you! Azure Water and Gulf Stream or both gorgeous teal colours, so they’re blue-green blends. They both have a bit of gray to calm them down, but Azure Water has MUCH more, whereas Gulf Stream has very little. Azure Water is a bit calmer and Gulf Stream is a bit more fun. Tim is Azure Water, I am Gulf Stream.

Benjamin Moore White Dove on walls and trim with teal feature wall in kids girls bedroom with swinging chair. Kylie M Interiors Edesign

 

So, there you have it my funny friends!

 

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