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Ladder leaning against wall with samples of paint colour up in preparation of choosing 
Bring your interiors to life with a coat of paint and a stunning feature wall - or two!

True colours

A coat of colourful paint is the most high-impact, low-commitment change to your home that you can make in a weekend. Tap into colour trends or choose a hue that says ‘you’!.

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment. Ensure the room is well ventilated.

1. Take advantage of sample paint pots

The number one rule to finding the right colour for your room is to test your picks in all types of lighting. Sample paint pots, therefore, are your best friends. Try out paint samples on sheets of paper and stick them on the wall. Move the sheets around the space and try them in other rooms to find the right shade for the job.

2. Make a feature wall

Opting for a bold shade on one wall is a good way to become comfortable with colour. The first wall you see when entering a space is typically the one to select for your feature, or consider the wall behind your bed or sofa.

Tip: Choose a wall with the most paintable surface area and one without too many visual interruptions, like multiple doors and windows.

3. Set the tone

Choose a colour that will lend itself to the use of the room. For example, sunny yellow is an invigorating shade for a dining space, stimulating conversation and appetites.

Tip: Using a deeper shade of the same colour on one wall makes it seem to recede, expanding the feel of the room.

Dining room featuring a two-tone yellow feature wall and round dining table

4. Add some texture

Try VJ boards to make your own wainscoting. Whether the style is geometric, Hamptons or traditional, panels painted in a bold and beautiful colour make for a spectacular feature wall. They’re also perfect in a hallway taken to dado height, painted one colour below and a complementary shade above.

5. Use furnishings to make a feature wall feel like a natural element of the room

To complement your feature wall and maintain it as the room’s focal point, stick to neutrals in large furniture pieces, and accent the wall with subtle complementary colours. This nautical navy wall is a sophisticated choice that marries beautifully with accents in orange-adjacent shades of rust, tan and walnut timber.

Navy blue feature wall in a homely lounge room

6. Try extending your feature wall colour over your door and trims

Transition spaces like hallways are perfect for making a bold statement with a dark or daring colour; they’re also a great place to create an unconventional feature wall style. “Matching your wall, door and trim colour delivers a dramatic look – the opposite of all-white everything,” says Bunnings magazine style editor Samantha Pointon.

A feature wall in an entryway, painted in Taubmans Apple A Day

7. Keep the walls from looking too flat

New to solid coloured walls? Ease into the trend by painting over picture frames for a three-dimensional break in the ocean of colour. This is a simple D.I.Y. idea to soften the look of a feature wall.

Bedroom feature wall painted in Taubmans White Clover

8. Try colour out, temporarily

Try introducing deep colours through cushions, artwork and feature furniture pieces. These can easily be replaced if you prefer to revert to neutrals.

Keep in mind...

  • Take care when removing old paint as it could contain traces of lead.     
  • Always use the right ladder for the job. Make sure it has non-slip feet and is set up on a flat, stable and solid surface. Wear sturdy footwear,maintain three points of contact on it at all times (for example, both feet and one hand) and make sure another person is nearby in case you need assistance.

Keen to create an outstanding feature wall?

Follow our ultimate guide to creating the perfect feature wall in your home.


Photo Credit: Brigid Arnott

Artwork Apples by Matilda Michell.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.