Leave plain or add more interest to a feature wall?

I have an old home with VJ panelled walls and 13 foot ceilings and there is a large flat area on the lounge wall (approx 4m x 2m) above a wide daddo rail that originally had a 1950s wallpaper mural that I tore down to replace with a beautiful textured, paintable wallpaper i bought from the US in a large geometric pattern not unlike pressed metal however, once this is up, it will then still be quite bland. I can’t decide if I should leave it blank or add some extra decorative feature. I should add that below the thick daddo rail is our Flat screen flanked each side by a chunky bookshelf. Sorry about the clutter - I haven’t given this area much love because this chunky furniture is my husbands taste - I hate pine colonial and I always wanted to paint the bookshelves white. They just darken the whole area. Should I risk it and paint them when he’s away? He he. I’m not a fan of those huge French farmhouse clocks either sorry.

q leave plain or add more interest to a feature wall

I hate the colonial early settler furniture of my husbands - heavy chunky and darkens everything.

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  • Michelle Michelle on Aug 07, 2018

    I would start painting that dark would in a country white or any light color not pure white. There are gels you can use to stain but that means sanding. I had a huge living area with dark paneling that I painted and it transformed the area from a cave look to a bright but warm den. I added built in bookshelves, etc. If the the space is large enough you could always buy a 2 or 3 cubical, turn it sideways and add things you like to brighten the area. Just a few ideas

    • Passion4cheesecake Passion4cheesecake on Aug 08, 2018

      I wish I could paint that timber but alas Hubby says no - I’ve been so tempted to do it anyway he he.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Aug 07, 2018

    Perhaps you could hang a decorative wreath or a large pretty wall clock in the space. Or maybe add a decorative shelf with some pretty decor items you like.

    • Passion4cheesecake Passion4cheesecake on Aug 08, 2018

      Thanks for replying. I’m not into the clock thing and with that spot being quite high up a wreath will get quite dusty but it’s still a great idea. We will be moving so I might even get rid of those bookshelves altogether seeing how hubby won’t let me paint them.

  • Maura White Maura White on Oct 19, 2019

    I would fill that space with some artwork or a large clock.