How to Create a Focal Point in a Room and 15+ Wood Feature Wall Ideas to Update Any Space
Wood feature walls are all over Pinterest and I can say I’m officially smitten with them. They’re eye-catching, creating a beautiful focal point that can be unique or as simple as you want.
I’m so excited to talk about creating a wood feature wall today. And, I’m going to talk a lot about creating a focal point in rooms, something I didn’t mean to get into a ton of detail about but it happened and it’s useful!
I can’t say I’m a certified interior designer. But, I did take a few courses last year on the basic principles of interior design.
One of the things I learned that really interested me was focal points. Most every room needs a focal point, something that immediately draws your eye and attention.
I think this is often overlooked – I certainly wasn’t thinking about creating a focal point in every room when I was first learning!
A lot of times built-in shelving is seen next to a fireplace. But, you can also add built-in shelving on a wall in your den or home office. Make it stand out with ornate trim or a sliding ladder.
Here’s an example of a focal point we made in our Modern Office with both built-in shelving/storage and wallpaper!
OTHER ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
Do you have any other unique quirks in your room? This could include a vaulted ceiling or a large bay window. How can you accent these features so they stand out?
Sometimes (or maybe a lot of the time!) your room isn’t going to have one of these obvious focal points.
In that case, it’s important to create your own focal point.
So, how can you make a focal point if your room doesn’t have one?
Here are some ways to make a focal point in a room that doesn’t have any of the focal points listed above.
ADD A BOLD-PAINTED WALL
Painting one wall with a bold color is definitely the easiest way to get a focal point. I’d choose the biggest wall in the room and pick a dark or saturated color (like one of these green colors or one of these dark paint color ideas) to paint it. This plan can’t go wrong!
EXAMPLE: BOLD PAINTED WALL
Everyone knows my obsession with wallpaper. It’s never-ending. But, it’s also a relatively easy way to get that focal point.
Art always makes such an impact in a room. You could hang one giant piece of art behind a sofa or have an entire wall dedicated to tons of art. Art lets your personality shine through while also creating a focal point in the room.
This is probably one you didn’t think of and maybe not the easiest to pull off. But, you’ve definitely been in or seen rooms that have elaborate furniture that set the stage for the room. And, this can fit any design style.
The most obvious answer for me when it comes to wood feature wall ideas is SHIPLAP! We created this super budget friendly version of a shiplap accent wall in our daughter's farmhouse nursery for just $30!
This geometric wood wall is amazing, and that color is great for a little boy's room. It will grow with him as he gets older and paint color is easy to change!
MDF was used to make this accent wall and it is just 1/2 inch thick. That makes it easier to use with existing baseboards so that it doesn't stick out. You can easily cut it down to the width you want using a table saw.
Moulding is another material you can use to create an amazing wood accent wall. You only have to cut it to the length you need.
This 5" wide moulding installed at an angle makes a bold statement in this dining room. Pro tip: Paint your wall before adding your wood. You could do it after, but if the wood isn't flush with the wall it will be harder to get a nice finished look.
Read more to learn how to add this wall to your home.