WestStyle recently completed a moulding feature wall that we absolutely love! The best part is that it was relatively inexpensive and completely changed the look of the room. Another bonus is that if you have some motivation, your own power tools and a free weekend, this is a simple DIY project that will yield huge “Wow Factor” results.
We decided to frame this moulding around a fireplace in a family room but this would be equally impressive in the master bedroom, dining room or even basement media area. We opted for primed moulding pieces, but to cut costs further, an inexpensive wood like poplar would also work. We will outline the materials and tools required below.
The first step is to pick your wall. This new feature wall will be the one your eye is always drawn to when you walk into the room, so it needs to make sense. You don’t want to confuse the eye by having more then one feature area in a space. All areas and walls of the room should be beautiful and interesting, but one should be the obvious dominant wall.
The next step is to pick your pattern or layout. We went with a simple grid pattern, but you could easily opt for thinner mouldings in large box shapes, or even abstract layouts. As long as you maintain a level of symmetry in your design, you will be left with a strikingly beautiful result.
Your paint colour will largely effect the finished look. We really wanted to accentuate this wall so we opted for a medium/dark colour that added a ton of interest. Colours will change in appearance at different times of the day, on different walls and in different lighting, so keep that in mind when picking your colour. Sometimes going dark can be too dark when it’s all said and done, so it’s best to have an open mind while grabbing your paint swatches at the store. For the best results, always take your swatches to the actual room location. It’s an extra trip, but can save you a lot of headache, labour and money.
If you want to create interest but don’t want the wall to be over powering, you can paint the trimmed area the same off-white as your baseboards, or even the same colour as the rest of the walls, and it will still offer a classy but more subdued style. This is a great option if you already have other colourful items in the room that you’d like to showcase like furniture, art, throw cushions, and area rugs. The goal should always be to add interest to a room, without taking away from any other important pieces.
So if you’re convinced, and ready to get started, we’ve outlined a list of materials and steps below.
The materials you will need:
Chelsea created WestStyle Blinds in 2017. She has worked in blinds and design for the past 13 years including some time spent working as a product representative for one of Canada's largest blind manufactures. Chelsea is a native to the Okanagan Valley and she received interior design training at the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria, BC.