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What are Feature Walls? Should You Have One in Your Home?

If you’ve been doing some research for ideas to incorporate in your home renovation plans, you might have come across feature walls.

But what are feature walls exactly? Let’s find out.

What are feature walls?

A feature wall is one wall in a room that looks different to the other walls due to its colour, design, texture or the materials used.

Feature walls are primarily used to break up a mono-colour room, to add to the aesthetics and add a special element in an otherwise plain room. Some homeowners include a feature wall that represents certain tastes that may be deemed overwhelming or too expensive on every wall.

As well as adding creativity, a feature wall can enlarge a room and add depth to smaller spaces. You can include a feature wall in just about any room of the house.

What materials can be used for a feature wall?

A feature wall stands out thanks to its variation of colour, texture or materials and can be designed using:

  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Marble
  • Brick
  • Wood
  • Tiles
  • Natural stone

Paint and wallpaper are the easiest way to create a feature wall. If you decide in a year or so after you’ve made renovations that you don’t like the colour, you can switch out the wallpaper or repaint the wall with minimum effort. A painted mural in a theme of our choice is unique way to jazz up a kid’s bedroom, guest room or playroom.

paintings on green wallTop tips for creating a feature wall

  • There should be no more than one feature wall per room. You can have multiple feature walls in your home, but be selective about where you use them to retain the uniqueness.
  • Decide which wall works best as a focal point for the room. This could be the wall in your bedroom that your headboard sits against, or a wall in your living area that has no furniture next to it and no wall art.
  • Features can work well on any wall, from those with doors, windows or cupboards, to those that are plain where you want to create some interest.
  • Consider how you can coordinate other elements in the room with your feature wall. This may be through one or two furniture pieces in the same material, or a rug or light fitting in the same colour.

Should I include a feature wall in my home renovations?

Done well, a feature wall can enhance your space and add a unique touch to your home. However, if it is not done correctly, it can stand out in the wrong way and be distracting for your family and guests.

While some feature walls can make a room seem bigger, others can make a room feel even smaller. You’ll also need to consider that you may grow tired of the colour or design over time, making you feel less comfortable spending time in that room.

Feature walls have the most success when created by a professional design and build team. Our design team will be delighted to share our expertise so you have a home you love living in. Call us today at Bayside Extensions for a no-obligation chat on 03 9596 0368.

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CategoriesHome Design

4 Best Classic Home Exteriors to Add to the Modern Home

One way to transform your modern house exterior from rundown and bland to breathtaking and unforgettable is to add interesting twists and changes to your facade, or enhance existing classic elements. Classics never go out of style, whether in music, fashion, or movies, and the same applies to home exteriors and facades. The timeless touch of the classic home exteriors surprisingly meshes well with the clean, sharp integrity of modern architecture.

Compared to other urban residences, modern homes with traditional or historical features offer a fresh, stunning aesthetic that will amp up their appeal and increase the property value. If you’re thinking of renovating or remodelling your home to incorporate classical home exterior designs, here are some styles and elements you can include.

Classic Exterior Touches For the Modern Home

#1 Balance & Symmetry

A staple feat in classical design is the sense of balance, harmony and symmetry, both inside and outside the home- which matches well with the modern style of sharp geometric lines and uncluttered an appearance. Common architectural elements that feature such symmetrical purity and balance include tall classical columns that support a full-height front porch, elaborate doorways, evenly spaced windows flanked by shutters, and flat roofs with a central dome.

#2 Pitched Roofs

A usual theme among classical exterior styles is a steeply pitched roof with dormers on the second or third storey of the house. Despite being one of the typical hallmarks of traditional architecture, sloped roofs help to accentuate a house’s overall look, if not offer it a unique, magnificent twist on modern classical architecture. Pitched roofs also have practical benefits; and they leave a lot of attic space inside which, if permitted, could be a perfect area to renovate!

house with pitched roof#3 Restoring Classic Features

Some homes already come brimming with classical features, which can look great in contrast to the new parts of a modern build. Whether it be original porch tiling, or intricate paintwork, it will be worth your time to update and restore these classic features to enhance the look of your home.

If you can see potential in the exterior details of your house, why not consult with an expert and plan a restoration to enhance the existing beauty of the features.

Perhaps the old sash windows aren’t working as they should, or some of the iron lacework is missing from your entryway? No matter the detail, it’ll be worth your time and effort to restore any original features, so you can let them shine for years to come.

#4 Columns

Columns are a tried-and-tested architectural favourite that come in various designs and shapes; their versatility can help enhance the kind of visual aesthetic you want, whether it be intricately detailed and ornate, or simple and neat. Large and round columns typically make enough of a statement alone. For smaller styles like tapered and non-tapered columns, match them with elements like recessed and raised panels. For a stately, luxurious exterior façade, choose large Neoclassical and Tuscan designs.

When in Doubt, Call the Experts

When considering to add classic exterior touches to enhance your modern home, it is always best to consult professionals for the design and renovation. Bayside Extensions will be more than happy to accommodate your exterior renovations and extension needs. Check out our recent extension and renovation projects to witness the expertise and professionalism of our team of designers and builders. You can call us at (03) 9596 0368.

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Three Reasons Why A Fireplace Should Be Your Next Acquisition

The cold winter is upon us, and it is time to get cosy around a warm and welcoming fireplace with a good book and a glass of wine. So, should I add a fireplace to my renovation/extensions I hear you ask?

Here are a few ideas to ponder about.
Fireplaces have been an integral part in the design of a period home. Be it Georgian, Victorian, or Edwardian.

Even the later designs such as the Californian Bungalow, Hampton’s style and the Minimalist house designs have incorporated the humble fireplace as a feature and focal point of their designs. There are several reasons for this.


Traditionally, the purpose of the fireplace was simply to provide warmth. But with the passing of time, they soon became an architectural feature as the period houses were renovated and restored.

Architects began designing houses with fireplaces as the focal point of living and dining rooms. These fireplaces were not only large open fires but gas log fires and even electric fireplaces.
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Most renovated period properties replace the traditional open fireplaces with electric or gas fireplaces. This is so that the home owner can enjoy the aesthetics of a fire place without the hassle of maintaining an open fire place.

Modern electric and gas fireplaces also provide interior design solutions such as being inset into the wall at any height and can mimic flames using LED flame-effect light technology. Many also come with remote controls, allowing owners to adjust temperature and light settings with the flick of a button.

There are options for those who would prefer a traditionally-styled hearth too. Modern gas and electric fireplaces can come with period features and styles, providing that all-important link to the past. Though the elements are decorative, the overall effect is the same: the fireplace helps to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere.
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There is another reason why people are choosing to keep their homes warm this winter with modern fireplaces: they help provide a sense of nostalgia and romance by emulating many of the cues of traditional fireplaces.

Staring into golden glow of the flames, and being enveloped in the warmth, during these winter months wrap you up with the notion of nostalgia of and romance.
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