Decorating a patchwork bedroom feature wall

Patchwork often evokes a sense of nostalgia and memories. Give it a modern spin by choosing just one wall in a bedroom and covering it with scraps of wallpaper to create a stunning bedroom feature wall. Like traditional fabric patchwork, this feature wall idea has far more resonance if patterns with sentimental value – the paper from your childhood bedroom or first married home, for example – are included in the mix.

Decorating a patchwork bedroom feature wall

Decorating a patchwork bedroom feature wall


  • Wallpaper scraps or samples
  • Plumb line
  • Wallpaper paste and brush
  • Water and sponge
  • Stepladder

Time to complete job: Anywhere from a few hours to a day, depending on how creative you want your bedroom feature wall to be.

Approximate budget: £30 without the stepladder.

  • <b>Step 1: Pick a bedroom colour scheme</b>

    Step 1: Pick a bedroom colour scheme

    Decide on a rough bedroom colour scheme and plan how you will cover the space, distributing strong colours, patterns and different sizes throughout. How precisely you work is a matter of personal style and temperament – perfectionists will do a trial run with Blu-tac and use a plumb line to ensure all the verticals are straight, while others will be happy to stick as they go.

  • <b>Step 2: Paste patches together</b>

    Step 2: Paste patches together

    Paste small patches of pattern at a time, butting the edges neatly against one another and cutting pieces to fit wherever necessary. Keep checking your progress by standing well back to see how the feature wall looks.

  • <b>Step 3: Take in the effect</b>

    Step 3: Take in the effect

    Sit back and take some time to absorb the complete your wall art. Other variations you could try for decorating a patchwork bedroom wall include using postcards, cartoons, book jackets, sheet music or even maps.

  • <b>Get the book</b>

    Get the book

    Adapted from Homemade, by Rose Badger and Elspeth Thompson (£20, Collins). Available at Amazon.