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Painting a Feature Wall

Feature Walls

Feature walls provide great opportunities to experiment with textures, shapes, colours, and patterns. Accent walls offer a quick and easy way to liven up a space, and depending on what material you choose, they can be very low cost. Feature walls can be high impact, but they do not have to be. Sometimes a subtle pattern can inject just the right amount of interest into a room without overwhelming the space.

Whether you want a big change or a subtle upgrade, a feature wall could be just the thing you need. Here are some of the do's and don'ts to keep in mind.

The Do’s of a Feature Wall

Complementary colours are great: Make sure that whatever colour or pattern you choose complements the rest of the room. Choosing a bright or bold colour can be great, but only if it fits in with the rest of the room. Bold just for the sake of bold is never a good idea.

Accentuate the space: Use an accent wall to define a living space. In an open concept home or in multiple-use spaces it can be tricky to define areas, but an accent wall can help. For instance, a feature wall to highlight the dining area in a combined living/dining space can help greatly.

Update with paint: opt for paint when you want an easy and inexpensive way to update your space without making a big commitment. There is no limit to the patterns you can create with paint, and it is the easiest material to change should you decide you want to try something different.

The Don’ts

Find your focal point: Do not randomly select a wall to highlight. The feature wall should be used to highlight the room's existing focal point. For instance, the wall where TV is, makes for a good feature wall. The wall behind the headboard in a bedroom is also ideal. The point is that the eye should be drawn to one spot and if the feature wall is anywhere other than the focal area, the eye will not have a place to rest.

Help a small room: Refrain from putting an accent wall in a tiny room. It will only make it look smaller. If you want a bold colour or pattern in a small room, you are far better off covering all the walls. Go big or go home.

Do it in the right room: Don't opt for a feature wall because you are scared to commit an entire room to a particular colour or pattern. While it is a great option if you think the colour or pattern will be too overwhelming for the entire room, you should not do it out of fear. A feature wall should be a highlight, not a consolation prize.

Crowded Rooms: Avoid putting a feature wall in an already overcrowded room. When there is too much going on in a space, it can be confusing to the eye and create a sense of chaos. A feature wall should be a highlight, so it needs room to breathe.

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Helpful Tips: Helpful Hints When Painting Irregular Surfaces
Fences - Posts and Battens
A 2 metre high solid fence has an extra 45% surface area on the post and batten side (e.g. if the front face of the fence is 2 metres high by 10 metres long then the surface area is 2 x 10 = 20m^2. the post and batten side would there for have a surface area of 20 x 1.45 = 29m^2).

Corrugated Iron
Add 10.5% to the inistial surface area calculation (e.g. a corrugated iron structure 200m^2 will actually have a surface area of 200m^2 x 1.105 = 221m^2).

Stucco Textures
Based on a model of 1cm base (coarse texture), the surface area is two times greater than the base area. If the height of the pyramids is 0.5cm (representing a medium texture) the increase in the surface area is about 40%.

For Older buildings and houses, take teh floor area and add 40% (allows for soffits, roof pitch, corrugations and overhangs). With newer homes with small soffits allow floor areas plus 25%.

Rough Sawn Timber
For the given surface area, allow up to two times the amount of paint or stain for the first coat. 

Unprimed Weatherboard
Unprimed weatherboards require priming back and front. Stained weatherboards require the first coat also to go all around. The total area of a (rusticated) weatherboard is 2 1/2 times the area that is shown when it is fixed. 

Trough Section
Add 50% to the flat surface area.