The Kitchen Feature Wall & A Dining Room Makeover

The Kitchen Feature Wall & A Dining Room Makeover

You may remember that around this time last year I painted one wall in our kitchen Smalt Blue. Here is what it looked like as a little reminder.

It’s the wall which overlooks our dining table and it’s the focal point in that space.

I still love the colour SO much but it’s about bloody time we added to it. Ever since that day, in which we stuck on a jazz playlist (why decorate in silence? Go classy!), I painted and Joe added metro tiles, I’ve been pinning ideas as to what we could put on this wall.

I’ve collected odd frames (officially now have an unhealthy addiction to purchasing frames) and bookmarked funny bits of artwork that may suit them – all for the sake of creating some sort of feature or gallery wall in this space. Quite frankly, we don’t have enough walls in this house to hang up all the crazy things I wanted!

One day, after feeling a little more settled into motherhood, I decided it was time to start actually adding stuff onto the wall. And this is what the same space looks like today.

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Yes I’m biased. It’s my wall after all. If you’re curious where we got everything from, keep reading…

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‘Hangry’ definition flag – Bought from My Bearded Pigeon Etsy store. I know I can relate to this definition!
Quatrefoil frame in grey and white – One of my favourite finds from Homesense. I ended up with 3 and will use the other 2 in other areas of the kitchen.
‘Menu’ print – Created by moi on Photoshop and printed using Photobox.
Hanging hearts – Found last year in TK Maxx. So what if theyr’e Christmas decorations. They match our kitchen so why not enjoy them all year round?
Brass heart cut-out picture hooks – B&Q
Indian patterned gold frame – Bought from TK Maxx. Yes I shop in there a lot…
Dinosaur print – Digital download bought from MossAndTwigPrints Etsy store. Printed using Photobox. It’s a dinosaur AND a space pattern – could this be any more perfect for me and Joe?
Family photos collage  – White square Ribba frame from IKEA. Image created using PicMonkey and printed using Photobox. Yes most if the pictures are of our daughter but hey, she’s just so darn cute.
Clough Kitchen art – The frame was custom ordered from eFrame and I made the inserts myself which you can read about here.
Knife, Fork & Spoon rustuc wooden wall art – Dunelm Mill
Silver Frame with no image – Bought from eBay and spray painted
LOL sign – Gifted to us from an independent home decor store which I’m sad I don’t have the name of!

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I wasn’t after anything too fancy for the wall. Sure, I did my fair share of scouring the internet and found an enormous amount of artwork I loved only to discover that they were £100+ each (turns out I have more expensive taste than I thought!) Worth it, I’m sure, but not fitting to our modest budget.

I just wanted something that was us.

Something a little bit quirky. Something that brought a smile when you saw it at the dinner table. Something that brought colour to an otherwise neutral room – if you ignore that mega blue of course.

And I think that’s what we’ve got.

And since I was already shopping about, you may notice we also added some beautiful eyelet curtains in a grey quatrefoil pattern. I’ve been longing to add curtains in here for ages now but been holding out for some ones I love. The pole and silver tieback I may change eventually but we already had these from when we lived in our old flat and they’ll do the trick just fine for now.

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We’ve then added this frickin’ awesome lampshade. Don’t you just ADORE it? I got it for Christmas from my in-laws and I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think it is the bees knees!

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We also finally started adding some greenery. I’ve got a Butterfly Palm plant, a Fern, and the Blue Lillies I got for Valentine’s Day since they’re my all-time favourites. I’m normally a bit of a plant killer but I bought these because they’re meant to be easy to look after. I’ll report back soon if they’re deceased!

butterfly palm

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So what do you think? The feature wall was such a fun project and I can’t wait to do something similar in the other rooms in the house, with the next room on my list probably the hallway. I think the last thing to do in the dining area now is to replace the chairs. I’m hoping for a grey or white colour and I’m struggling to find any I like, but that’s a blog post to come soon. I’d also like an area rug. Oh gosh I’d best stop now before I keep spending.

Ahhh. I could look at it all day!

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  • Beautifully executed! It’s so lovely and seems to reflect you and your family’s tastes well. I’m a fan and may end up pinching some of your ideas.

    Hope you’re well.

    Claire x

    • KarenAnita

      Thanks so much Claire! Oh I’m glad you like our choices 🙂
      Drop me a link if you do pinch any of the ideas, I’d love to see! xx

  • Lucy

    It looks bloody brilliant :), you’re very good at grouping/styling! I really enjoyed your post on the Clough Kitchen sign, so definitely a project to earmark for later.

  • KarenAnita

    Thanks so much Lucy 🙂
    Oooo how lovely! Let me know if you do make something similar, I’d love to see what you create 🙂 x

  • That looks really lovely, I love feature walls that are completely personal just like yours. The light has a WOW factor to it too.

    • KarenAnita

      Thanks so much Steph.
      Yes it might not be to everyone’s taste but at least we can say it’s “us” 🙂 x

  • Helen

    I love the curtains, where are they from?

    • KarenAnita

      Thank you Helen!
      They are from Dunelm Mill. I believe the range is called Bali.

  • Angela

    It looks great x

  • Hi Karen,

    Great read and great photos.

    Good job!

    • KarenAnita

      Thank you Marcel! 🙂 x

  • Mrs Burrow

    Love the light – a definite eye catching piece, where can I purchase it?