how to make a statement
with a tiled feature wall
If you are looking to make a stunning design statement in your home, a tiled feature wall is a great choice. Using tiling to create a feature wall offers the perfect chance to experiment with colours, patterns, and textures, without overwhelming the room or costing the earth.
And whether you are looking for a simple upgrade or a complete overhaul of your interior decor, opting for a feature wall provides a simple but highly effective way to elevate your design scheme to create a stunning space.
Think About Feature Wall Colours
Whether you are looking for a colour that complements the rest of the room or a bold colour that adds an interesting contrast, it is important to consider your colour choice carefully.
If you already have a bright colour on the rest of the walls, think about adding a tiled finish that is a few shades darker as a feature wall. Alternatively, if you have a calm and neutral colour, consider being brave and opting for bold patterned tiles which will add depth to the room.
Opting for different shades of the same colour can also provide a sophisticated look, allowing the texture of the tiles to really stand out. For example, a room painted in light grey with anthracite or dark grey tiles used for a feature wall looks superb.
combine different tiles within a room
When planning a tiled feature wall, particularly in a kitchen or bathroom, there are a few differences to consider compared to creating feature walls elsewhere in the home using paint or paper.
One of the key differences is that often areas such as bathrooms or wet rooms may be fully tiled. This provides an exciting opportunity to use a mixture of tiles within the space for a stunning effect.
You may want to use large format tiles for most of the room, with beautiful bathroom mosaics for a feature wall, for example. Alternatively using a different style of tile in the same colour as the rest of the room, an interesting shape such as hexagonal tiles, or using a tiling pattern such as herringbone, brick or chevron can be a great way to create a more subtle yet elegant feature in one part of the room.
Tiles in a mixture of colours and textures can also look fantastic. A popular choice is to tile most of the room in a classic white or neutral, with the feature wall tiled in a bolder colour, or using a textured tile such as stone, slate or split face effect.
Accentuate & Define The Space
A feature wall can be a great way to define a space, so if you are looking to divide a large open plan room consider highlighting a section of the wall to use as a focal point. Alternatively, if you are looking to bring two areas together such as a kitchen and dining space, a great idea is to stretch the feature across the two sections.
However, in many cases, when designing a statement wall, it is advisable to follow the rule of ‘less is more’. This is especially evident if you are planning to add a feature wall to a smaller space, otherwise, you could risk making the room feel much smaller than it actually is.
When creating a feature wall in a smaller room such as a bathroom, a popular option is to use larger, plain tiles in light colours to help make the room look larger, with contrasting tiling reserved for the feature wall.
As well as providing a focal point, feature walls are also a great way to create different zones within a room. This could be a walk in shower space within a bathroom, or a dining or family space within an open plan kitchen. Using tiling that stands out in these areas helps to define the function of the space, without the need for additional walls or other barriers.
Pick Your Feature Wall Carefully
The actual layout of the room will largely influence the positioning of a statement wall, especially if there is already a natural focal point.
Within bathrooms and kitchens, there is often a range of possibilities, for example, within a kitchen it is possible to turn a tiled splashback into a feature, and even extend the choice of tiling to cover the entire wall behind the hob for a real high-end look.
In a bathroom, a shower area tiled in contrasting tiles can make a very interesting statement. Alternatively, tiling a wall behind a freestanding bath can be a great way to create a feeling of pure luxury.
The goal is to draw the eye to an interesting spot in the room, so try to let the overall design dictate the area. It’s usually recommended to opt for a wall that doesn’t have a door or a window as the feature wall. Ideally this should be a wall that is visible upon entering the room, on an opposite wall from the door. This helps to draw the eye through the room, creating a feeling of space, as well as adding interest for a designer look.
Be Aware Of Trends - But Follow Your Own Style
Unless you plan on retiling regularly, try to design a statement wall that matches your own unique style rather than what is simply fashionable today.
There are many colours and finishes that will always be in style, especially marble, wood, and stone wall tile finishes. By investing in quality materials for your statement wall such as tiles, the rest of the walls in the room can be given a refresh with paint whenever your style changes.
Using neutrals such as white wall tiles, along with greys and browns, is also a great way to create a timeless style. You can experiment with different shades and textures to create a feature wall that will look stunning for many years to come.
Highlight With Accessories
Although the feature wall should be the focus of the room, it is important to accessorise well to ensure that the design is incorporated into the rest of the space.
A great tip within a small room is to add a large mirror on the opposite wall. This will reflect the interesting feature without overpowering the space. In addition, when planning kitchen and bathroom accessories choose shades that complement the feature colours.
For example, if you opt for a bold colour to tile a feature wall within a bathroom, try adding towels in a similar colour to tie the design together. In a kitchen, items such as blinds, small appliances and decorative accessories can all be used to accentuate the feature wall, helping to create a space that feels both interesting and cohesive.
A Range Of Statement Tiles To Suit Every Interior Style
There are so many potential tile styles to choose from, including a variety of colours, finishes and shapes. Our advice is to think about the overall theme for your décor, for example, perhaps you are looking to create a bright and airy feel, an elegant and timeless finish, or a bold, industrial space.
Whatever your overall style it is important to choose a tile style that is able to bring together the décor, whilst also creating the design statement you are searching for.
Here are some decor styles that work well with a feature or statement tiled wall.
An Industrial Style Space
Opt for grey tiles with a matt or polished finish, and pair with white walls to create a bright and open feel. Options such as concrete effect wall tiles look great for a contemporary industrial style look, and also work well as a floor choice.
A Period Property
Older homes often have an array of interesting features, and these can be brought to life with patterned tiles in areas like the bathroom, especially those which are in keeping with the era of the property.
A Modern Interior
Consider bold prints and multicoloured tiles which can be laid in interesting patterns, with lighter colours for smaller spaces and darker colours for larger rooms.
a small and cosy room
A great tip is to add texture to the room in the form of stone or wood effect tiles; these will add depth without taking away from the feel of the room. Used sparingly, such as on a single feature wall, they won’t make the space feel overwhelmed but will add plenty of interest and a luxury finish.
a calm and neutral space
Although you may decide to avoid adding bold colours, it is still possible to create a stunning feature with patterned or textured tiles that match the colour of your walls, for a subtle and sophisticated feature.