How to create a graphic and contemporary feature wall

This bold, contemporary wall feature allows your teenager to give their space a unique, customised look using their choice of three colours. Here, we’ve decorated with a teen girl in mind with navy, vibrant orange and lilac


How to create a colour-blocked painted feature wall

This colour-blocked feature wall is bold, graphic and just a little unexpected. We’ve created it for a teenage girl’s room, but it could easily be adapted for a boy’s space. This fabulous colour palette of navy, orange and lilac is strong but does not feel overpowering when limited to a single wall.

This would make a great shared project, with your teen taking the lead in choosing the colours. One approach is to start with an item they really love – a cushion, print, bedding, rug, etc – and draw colours from that. Our starting point was the Shhh! pillowcase. The bedlinen, cushions and rug were chosen to tie into this scheme, creating a cohesive look, with a smattering of dots for a touch of pattern.

Feature wall how-to instructions

  1. Paint the entire wall in Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Resene ‘Half White Pointer’.
  2. For the large block of navy, measure a rectangle 1.6m high by 1.1m, mask with tape and paint in Resene ‘Blue Night’ (we used Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen). When dry, mask off and paint a rectangle 30cm high by 1.1m wide in Resene ‘Big Bang’ to go on top of the navy block.
  3. For the lilac block (Resene KidzColour ‘Flower Power’) mask off a rectangle 1.2m high and 1.5m wide and paint. The right-hand block of Resene ‘Big Bang’ is 60cm high and 80cm wide and protrudes 30cm beyond the edge of the lilac block.


How to make DIY art

Get creative with some Resene testpots. These on-trend artworks were created by simply painting some A3 sheets of cardboard in the three feature-wall colours. Then it was just a case of cutting out hexagons and the letters to spell HELLO using a craft knife, gluing them onto backing card, and popping them into inexpensive frames. Simple, quick to make and very effective.

Stuck for artwork ideas? Try your child’s name or a favourite saying. Crosses or overlapping circles would work equally well as pattern designs.


Top tip

Give some plain wooden storage boxes a fresh look by painting them in the three colours of your chosen colour scheme. These stackable boxes are great for storing nail polish, lipgloss, hair accessories, necklaces and so on.

How to get the look

Base colour on wall, Resene ‘Half White Pointer’; floor colour Resene walk-on in Resene ‘Half White Pointer’; other wall colours, as before. Peyton king single bed, $299, from Freedom. Aura Maison navy linen duvet set, $299 double, Aura Luxury velvet cushion in orchid, $71.50, Aura Quatro throw, $210, Moda coral linen pillowcase, $115 a pair, all from Allium. Shhh! pillowcase, $16.95, and rug, $59.95, both from Cotton On Kids. Mix and Match Carson suspension pendant, $29.95, from Freedom. Microfibre lilac flat sheet, $8.97 king single, from The Warehouse. Aura velvet cushion in Fiery (on floor), $75, from Shut The Front Door. Owl mug, $12, fluoro notebook, $22, and pencils, $4 each, all from Green With Envy. Wooden storage boxes (on shelf), $6 each, from Kmart (painted in Resene ‘Blue Night’, Resene ‘Big Bang’ and Resene ‘Flower Power’). Shelf made from a pine board, $18.78, from Mitre 10, cut to 1m and painted in Resene ‘Blue Night’. Ekby Valter shelf brackets, $8.90 each, from, painted in Resene ‘Big Bang’. Swan, vase, shoes and picture frames, stylist’s own.

All the colours here are from the Resene Total Colour System. Resene paints and colours are available from Resene ColorShops and resellers nationwide. or 0800 RESENE

Styling by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Melanie Jenkins.