Trend alert: stainless steel, concrete & metallic accents

If you want to give a space a facelift, but don’t want to spend too much money, a feature or accent wall is a great way to bring the wow factor to any living, office or store space.

Dulux colour expert, Andrea Lucena-Orr, says when it comes to creating a feature wall, you must work it so it harmonises with your existing colour scheme, furniture and accessories.

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“Consider the kitchen, for example; Dulux Design Stainless Steel Effect used on cabinetry will complement an already industrial-looking space, whereas the Dulux Design Suede Effect is more suited to creating a luxurious and moody feel―perfect for a formal living or dining room.

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“Other popular design trends we are seeing include concrete and metallic accents. Dulux Design Concrete Effect in Pale Elements in a casual living area or hallway entrance pairs beautifully with raw materials, such as timber, linen, wool, stone and leather; and Dulux Design Metallic Effect can be created as a contemporary backdrop for artwork.”

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Whatever space you’re looking to enhance, it’s important to consider how exposed the room is to natural light as this will affect the textural features and impact of the accent wall, says Lucena-Orr.

“If the Dulux Design Glitter Effect is your desirable effect, choose a room with an abundance of light ―both natural and artificial―so you enjoy the most benefits from the luminescence,” she says.

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“To optimise a feature wall’s impact on a space, colour consideration goes hand-in-hand with lighting. Like standard paint, always ensure you do a sample patch on large cardboard to see how it works alongside your fixtures, furniture and accessories before making the full commitment.”

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Top image: Dulux Australia. Stylist: Bree Leech & Heather Nette King. Photographer: Mike Baker.