Fea­ture wall is an im­por­tant decor el­e­ment

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - ROOM FOR CHANGE - By Con­nie Oliver

AFEA­TURE wall, un­like a fo­cal wall, is quite a sub­stan­tial decor el­e­ment. Of­ten cre­ated with stone, brick or wood, a fea­ture wall can add lots of drama and tex­ture to a bland decor.

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homes and con­dos is a par­tial wall that sep­a­rates the kitchen from the rest of the space. This par­tial wall is usu­ally about six to eight feet wide, is open on both ends and is a blank slate.

Walls like this, with­out win­dows or open­ings, are per­fect fod­der for a stun­ning fea­ture wall. A floor-to­ceil­ing stone treat­ment, for in­stance, can cre­ate a won­der­ful back­drop for a me­dia wall, free­stand­ing fire­place or wa­ter fea­ture. As well, be­cause the wall is nar­rower than a full wall would be, high end fin­ishes like stone or brick are more af­ford­able.

“Stone prod­ucts like this can add beauty and value to any home,” said Kim Ko­towsky of Cana­dian Stone In­dus­tries, a Cana­dian com­pany based in B.C. “While th­ese prod­ucts can be in­stalled by an ex­pe­ri­enced DIYer, it’s best to let the pro­fes­sion­als in­stall th­ese high-end fin­ishes for op­ti­mal re­sults.”

Our fea­ture pho­to­graph, cour­tesy of Cul­tured Stone (www.cul­tured­stone. ca) shows how well a par­tial wall looks when treated with an earthy, tex­tu­ral stone fin­ish. The un­even sur­face of this par­tic­u­lar cul­tured-stone prod­uct is ex­cep­tion­ally lovely when wrapped around the end of the wall, and no doubt car­ried to the other side of the wall to act as a fea­ture in the din­ing room. The ad­di­tion of the builtin book­shelf adds to the dra­matic fea­ture wall. There’s some­thing about stone and like prod­ucts that add a sense of sump­tu­ous­ness and time­less­ness that is beau­ti­ful, com­fort­ing and en­dur­ing.

Another great place for a fea­ture wall is around the fire­place façade of a pro­trud­ing fire­place. Of­ten in this sce­nario, the fire­place sticks out from the wall and is boxed in with dry­wall to hide the fire­place work­ings. The sur­round­ing sur­faces are a great place to add brick, stone or tile to dou­ble the drama of the fire­place fea­ture.

The wall at the head of the bed can also pro­duce a great fea­ture wall. Imag­ine a floor-to-ceil­ing wall of stone to set the stage for a lux­u­ri­ous mas­ter re­treat. Even the en­suite can be treated with a smaller fea­ture wall that will co-or­di­nate with the bed­room.

As lovely as stone and brick can be, there are al­ter­na­tives for those with a pen­chant for some­thing truly unique. I once saw a fea­ture wall that was cov­ered with one-inch-thick slices of tree logs. The cir­cles were ad­hered to the wall be­hind the bed and the out­come was very dra­matic, yet re­laxed and com­fort­able. It had some­what of a lodge ap­pear­ance but with a con­tem­po­rary twist.

Squares of stained wood (even ply­wood) can also be used to cre­ate a unique fea­ture wall. By stag­ger­ing the grain on ev­ery other piece, you end up with a sub­dued checker­board ef­fect that is warm and earthy.

If you’re on a tight bud­get, you might con­sider us­ing in­ex­pen­sive items such as beads to cre­ate a fea­ture wall. Hot glue them right onto a colour­ful wall in­ter­spersed with small mir­rored pieces for a glam­orous, sparkling fea­ture. This would be time-con­sum­ing but af­ford­able and less per­ma­nent than, say, stone or tile. This might be a fun look for a young girl’s room. For a more mas­cu­line look, con­sider a sport’s mu­ral for a wall in a boy’s bed­room.

Wall­pa­per that has the ap­pear­ance of brick or stone can be a good al­ter­na­tive for renters. Th­ese prod­ucts have great vis­ual ap­peal but can be re­moved when you leave.

Cre­at­ing plas­ter adorn­ments for a fea­ture wall is another in­ex­pen­sive way to add a tex­tu­ral el­e­ment to a wall. Use cookie or choco­late moulds and fill them with plas­ter of Paris to cre­ate small shapes of your choos­ing. Then ad­here them to a wall in a ran­dom pat­tern. As an ex­am­ple, you could use a Fleur-de-Lis mould and ad­here the flow­ers onto a Wedg­wood blue wall to cre­ate a Wedg­wood China ef­fect.

When choos­ing which wall to treat, con­sider the fol­low­ing:

Choose a wall with­out doors or win­dow open­ings as th­ese el­e­ments break up the wall treat­ment, which di­min­ishes the ef­fect.

Use the fo­cal wall as your guide: The first wall you see when en­ter­ing a room is of­ten a good op­tion for a fea­ture wall, or the wall sur­round­ing a fire­place or be­hind the head of the bed. The ‘par­tial walls’ dis­cussed above can be per­fect for a fea­ture wall.

Con­sider wall items you’ll have to tile around, such as light switches, elec­tri­cal out­lets etc. Th­ese can de­tract from the over­all look and can be fussy to work around.

Dis­cuss your op­tions with your pro­fes­sional in­staller. They would have the ex­pe­ri­ence to be able to guide you.

Look at lots of pho­tos of fea­ture walls be­fore de­cid­ing which prod­uct or ap­pli­ca­tion to choose.

A par­tial wall looks great when treated with an earthy, tex­tu­ral stone fin­ish.

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