Tween Bedroom Decorating Idea: DIY Feature Wall

Sheri Reed

purple girls bedroom

Every middle-schooler wants a space to call their own. With a little imagination and paint, it's easy to create an envy-worthy bedroom with a little creative personalization.

Create geometric or whimsical wall patterns that range from fun to sophisticated to suit your tween's taste. Isn't the lavender wall with the custom monogram above so sweet? I love this idea for a tween's bedroom.

Today we have step-by-step instructions for creating a DIY feature wall like this one or using pattern throughout a room for a more dramatic effect.

H monogram


Painter's tape (like the type made by Scotch-Blue)
Roller tray
Paint brushes
Tape measure
Bubble or laser level
Putty knife or 5-in-1 tool


Feature Wall Step-by-Step "How-To" Guide:

1. Plan

Measure the walls so you can plan your pattern and colors. You may want to make a drawing to scale. Shapes (e.g., triangles, rectangles) can completely cover the wall, overlap, or be freestanding.

2. Choose the paint colors 

Selecting contrasting colors will result in a bold look. Using three or four colors from the same family in a monochromatic color scheme can soften a dramatic pattern.

3. Prep & Mask

  • Make sure the wall is clean and dry.
  • Mask painted trim and woodwork using painter's tape.
  • If your ceiling is smooth, mask it to prevent paint splashes. Do not mask textured ceilings.

4. Paint

  • Using the base color, paint the entire wall.
  • Let dry for at least 24 hours.

5. Stencil

Using a bubble level and a long straight edge, lightly pencil your pattern, like big blocks or stripes or personalize the wall with your tween's initial, as shown above.

6. Tape

  • Using painter's tape, tape around all of the shapes that you're painting with your first color.
  • Press down the edges of the tape with a putty knife or 5-in-1 tool.
  • Note: If the wall you're painting is not a smooth surface, be sure to seal the inside edge of the tape with the paint color you used to paint the wall. This helps ensure the sharpest paint lines.

7. Paint

  • Paint inside the tape with your first color. Let dry for at least 24 hours. Remove the tape and then mask the next shape you are going to paint.
  • Continue the process, painting from lighter to darker colors until all the walls are complete.

Have you created a prominent feature wall in your home? Tell us about it?

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