Painted walls offer an alternative means to make a statement on your next DIY project. Paint can be relatively inexpensive, and mistakes easily patched up with decals and framed artwork. Lighter neutrals allow for a lesser degree of commitment. They can be repainted at will, while bolder colours add impact in minutes but can be trickier in accommodating a change of heart.
The brave-hearted might combine colour-blocked walls with wallpaper or even test their mettle with geometric challenges that require a precision not always synonymous with sleep-deprived parents. Whatever your DIY proficiency, Kids Interior’s advice is to choose your palette, get creative and above all, have fun.
To get you started, we’ve rounded up eleven of our favourite examples of WOW walls conceived with a pot of paint, a brush and an optimistic, ‘I got this’ state-of-mind.
Enyo’s room is a masterclass in creating a mood with clever colour popping. A feature wall daubed with Flexa’s Faded Indigo conjures up denim dreams. It’s a classic, uncluttered look but with a detail that shows a true designer’s flare. We didn’t fail to spot the clever reverse mirroring of the denim shirt on the brilliant white wall. Look how the coat hook even gets in on the act.
Painted walls are not purely for aesthetics. They can assume a lighting function, setting the scene and adding a magical night-time quality with a prudent palette. @flexanl comes to the rescue again here with their Factory Green. It’s so dark with the rich khaki hues that it takes on the appearance of the night sky. Teamed with an abundance of natural wicker and rattan and that darling moonlight, it is quite simply the perfect space for slumber.
There’s no doubt that there’s a splash of safari going on in Jip’s super-stylish bedroom. A toffee-tinged terracotta channels savannah on the feature wall. The effect is made all the more dramatic by the room’s angles. The sloped ceiling and canopy create a cosy nook, the perfect adventure hideout for our tiny trekker. We love the symmetry of the framed leopard poster print and the Panthera playmat by @love_by_lily, and the choice of pastel olives and earthy hues in the accessories and soft furnishings is divine.
Moroccan vibes abound in this bijou nursery. We love the earthy clay finish achieved using the appropriately named Marrakech Chalky Coral shade from @pure_original_paint The feature wall gives way to a rustic quality that chimes perfectly with an assortment of peachy neutrals, rosy hues and barely-there nudes. The combined effect is a serene unfussy space with calming undertones. We are ever so slightly obsessed with those balloon lights from @jutenjuullifestyleforkids
A touch of the tropics transforms Sacha’s formerly grey room into a burst of fresh, spruce green. It’s a colour that works well as a neutral without losing any impact. Paired with natural wood and terracotta bedlinen, it’s a grown-up take on Jurassic adventures.
Mellow mustard delivers a generous dollop of custard love in this fabulous sunshiney kid’s room full of happy vibes. Yellow never fails to provide a blast of energy and optimism, and this room is a prime example. A small gathering of cloud wall stickers from @mica_mica_nursery adds another floating layer to the statement wall. Dreamy indeed!
Colour and technique are showcased in equal measure in this boho beauty of a boudoir. Carrie reminds us that statement walls do not always have to follow convention with her geometric paint job. A dash of triangular damson provides the perfect backdrop for a sheer putty canopy, marking it out as a precious cosy corner for reading, escapism and stylish snoozing.
Life through a sepia-toned lens is how we feel when we feast our eyes on this beautiful creation by photographer Sigrid. Tonal neutrals combine to create an almost otherworldly feel. It’s romantic, tranquil and full of feminine charm without a touch of pink in sight.
Listen up! Blue is absolutely not just for boys. Tikkurila’s Nukkumati or ‘Sleeping Mat’ is the wonderfully vibrant shade used here. It’s like a bright sky on the perfect winter’s day. Adding a sprinkle of pink in the bunny wallpaper on the adjacent wall softens the overall effect without losing any wow factor. A magical Mrs Mighetto is the icing on this indigo-inspired cake of a room.
There are feature walls, and there are feature walls. If statement was the aim of the game, then Anam and her husband score top marks for this inspired trio of right-angled triangles. We imagine a good dose of masking tape, patience and perhaps a plumb line or spirit level were involved.
We love the colour combo. A touch of teal tempered with a blue-tinged grey and a spirited spot of dotty dalmatian join forces to create pure magic. The bespoke name sign ‘Fayez’ signs off this bespoke creation and how fitting that this room’s namesake means Victorious.
A sea of Flexa’s spiced honey on the painted wall creates an alternative ocean next to the marvellous Whale World fleece wallpaper from @Pimplemees_com
Something about the caramel blocked wall falling short of the ceiling creates the illusion of being under the sea. Despite so much activity, the neutral colour palette anchors everything in serenity and peace.
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