Featured walls give a room a central focal point, which naturally draws the eye to a particular attribute, that you may wish to showcase. If your considering adding a featured wall to a room, you may be interested in the article below which details how to paint a featured wall

As a professional painter, I have found that most rooms that showcase a featured wall follow a particular set of rules

  • Open spaces tend to work best
  • A minimum of 60% of the remaining room area is painted in a lighter colour
  • Dark, strong contrasting colors are generally used for feature walls
  • Featured walls are never at the back of a room

Paint Featured Wall First Or Last?

When redecorating a room, you may ponder at what stage you should paint the featured wall. Let me explain the correct order to paint a room with a feature wall.

First and foremost as with any room, paint the ceiling first, next is the woodwork. I explain in more detail in a previous article, paint walls or trim first why I paint woodwork before walls.

Paint the remaining walls to completion and leave the featured wall. If the plaster on the featured wall is in poor condition, it will need to be filled, sanded and primed. This process would happen in conjunction with the other walls in the room.

The final coats of paint on a feature wall are always left to the last. Below I break down how to prepare a featured wall before painting.

Painters tip: Plaster that has been patched, has loose paint or extensive filling, should be primed. I highly recommend Zinsser Bullseye 123 Primer Sealer (water based).

How To Prepare A Wall For Painting

Featured walls demand attention, they long to be stared upon. For that reason, straight lines and flawless walls are paramount. How then do you paint a wall with razor sharp lines and a perfect paint finish.

Below I break down the tools used and the method I use to paint a featured wall.

1) Lay down Dust Sheets to protect the floor and furnishings. Tape off the previously painted skirting boards using Scotchblue Masking Tape.

2) Sand the entire wall using a Hand Sander with 120 Grade Sandpaper, this will remove any discrepancies and even out the texture on the wall.

3) Next fill any scrapes, gouges or holes using Toupret Interior Filler. Pour some of the powdered filler into a Flexible Mixing Pot, add water and mix to a smooth consistency using a 1.5 inch Filling Knife. The filler once mixed should stick to your filling knife when turned upside down.

Painters tip: Use an led light, held upwards, tight to the wall to highlight holes, scrapes and gouges that you may have missed.

4) Wait until the filler is dry, you will notice a change in color as it dries, once fully dry. Sand using your hand sander with 120 grade sandpaper.

Hoover up any dust created from sanding and wipe down the wall using a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust prior to painting.

Related article: Which Decorators Filler Is Best

How To Paint A Featured Wall

Preparing a featured wall prior to painting

How To Paint A Featured Wall Edges

Cutting in for most novice painters is a daunting process, so how then can you paint straight lines at the wall edges. You will need an 2.5 Inch Angular Paint Brush and delicate masking tape.

I have in the past used Scotch Delicate Masking Tape to tape the edges of walls, which can be very successful if you follow the tips below.

Delicate masking tape is specifically designed to be used on newly painted surfaces.

Even though you are using delicate masking tape. I personally wouldn’t attempt to apply the tape to the edges of freshly painted walls, until a minimum of 48 hours has passed.

Paint goes through a curing process when drying, which increase the adhesion and hardness of the paint.

If your considering painting a straight line at the wall edge, freehand. I highly recommend Purdy’s Angular Trim Brush for cutting in.

How To Cut In Paint Edges With A Brush

  • Dip your brush into the paint and tap each side of the paint scuttle to remove excess paint
  • Place the brush onto the wall 1/2 inch away from the wall edge
  • Gradually move the brush down and in towards the edge
  • Once the bristles reach the edge, drag downwards with an even amount of pressure.

After you have cut in all the wall edges with a brush, use a Mini Roller Frame and Microfibre Short Pile Roller Sleeve to back roll the edges. This helps to keep a uniformed texture on the wall, thus avoiding brush marks.

How To Paint A Featured Wall

Now that you have cut in and back rolled all edges, it’s time to roller the wall. You will need the following painters tools below.

1) Adjustable Paint Roller frame 
2) Extension Pole 2 – 4ft
3) Paint Scuttle 15 Litres
4) Microfibre Roller 12 Inch

Painters tip: Dampen the roller sleeve with water before use, as this helps the roller to absorb paint.

How To Roll A Wall Without Streaks

When rolling a wall it is important to remember to use long fluid strokes. Start in the middle and roll to the top, then all the way to the bottom. Ensure that you overlap the cut in areas, top, bottom and at the sides. Overlap each section you roll by about 6 inches.

Use an even amount of pressure when applying the paint, apply to much and the edge of the roller will leave a line (streak). To remove streaks, take your roller and place directly over the line. Roll the wall again using less pressure to remove the lines.

Leave the wall to dry and repeat the process, cut in all edges and roller the wall, (second coat). Beware that streaks can occur when the previous coat of paint isn’t fully dry.

Once your second coat of paint is dry, remove the masking tape from the wall edges and skirting board. Your featured wall is now ready to be admired.

How To Paint A Featured Wall

Featured wall examples

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