Did you paint a feature wall in your bedroom when you were a kid?
If you grew up in the naughties, you would have surely indulged in a metallic purple, visible-brush-stroke-style feature wall in your bedroom. Your bed probably backed onto it. And you probably hated it the moment you turned sixteen.
These days, feature walls aren’t just for the prepubescent. Thanks to Instagram, feature walls are yet again #1.
Are you a foreign city wanting to attract more snap happy tourists? Paint a wall. Maybe you’re a subpar cafe that sells subpar food that wants more bidness without a menu change? Paint a wall. What’s the solution to making a drab area groooooovy? You know what to do with that wall, babey!
Here’s a little inspiration to get your wall scouting going, should your Instagram require a tszuj.
T2 Building, Taylor Square, Sydney
Taylor Square South, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, AUS
This ain’t just a wall; this is an entire building, lovingly smothered in paint within an inch of its life. It’s the brainchild of renowned artist Reko Rennie, and it features the text ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ – an ode to the traditional land owners of Gadigal country, where the T2 building sits in Taylor Square.
The bold pink, blue and black stripes dominate the space, and make for a great backdrop to the annual Mardi Gras festivities that go off on Oxford St.
Love Wall, New York
Kenmare St & Mott St, New York, NY 10012, USA
This wall is so famous it has its own hashtag: #lovewall. While New York in and of itself is enough of a backdrop for any pic, the love wall is worth a visit. Created by artist James Goldcrown, the bleeding heart have become so iconic they’ve spawned their own clothing collection with Rag & Bone. If that’s not peak NYC, God only knows what is.
119 Lamington St, New Farm, QLD 4005, AUS
If you got married in Brisbane and you didn’t get a photo in front of The Powerhouse‘s enormous brick wall facade, did you really get married in Brisbane?
This spot is super popular with the blissfully wed because of the sheer size of the thing. It’s many storeys high. Nice.
Gallery Brown, Los Angeles
140 S Orlando Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA
Los Angeles, the city of angels and also the city of walls.
Gallery Brown is, yep, a gallery, and it’s been around since 2004. The main attraction? The geometric patterned wall is a favourite among bloggers. Obviously.
Victorian College of The Arts, Melbourne
234 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC 3006, AUS
VCA is the home of the mega-popular Sugar Mountain festival held annually in Melbourne.
You would have seen this gloriously glittering, dripping wall all over your Insta feed in Jan. You will no doubt see it next Jan, too.
Wynwood Walls, Allapattah, Miami
2520 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127, USA
Miami does colour well. Wynwood Walls is a great example. Formerly a drab industrial warehouse district, a bloke called Tony Goldman had a bright idea to bring the area to life.
“Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place,” he said. He wanted to create a place that would attract pedestrians to the area, and that he did.
Sugarhouse Studios, London
Bermondsey Campus, Collett Rd, London SE16 4DJ, United Kingdom
A textured pastel dream, Sugarhouse Studios is an art centre that doubles as a fire profile picture background. There’s more incentive to visit than just a beautiful tiled wall, though. The centre routinely transforms from cafe to pizzeria, private artist space to a workshop area for school kids.
Chefchaouen The Blue Pearl, Morocco
Various locations in Chefchaoen
Chefchaouen in Morocco is a blue town. Yep, it’s that Eiffel 65 song come to life. The city’s old town is awash with blue buildings in the most striking of hues. From certain vantage points in this city you can see the ocean and it is magnificent.
100 Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
They’ve got broads in Atlanta, but they’ve also got walls.
The BeltLine is “the most comprehensive revitalization effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban,” according to their website.
It’s basically a trail you can ride or walk along that’ll give you a good idea of what the city has to offer. This pastel pop o’colour gives the link a good spruce up, too.
388 Flinders Ln, Melbourne, VIC 3000, AUS
The Notel is hot property in Melbourne right now. Situated atop a rooftop on Flinders Lane (the city’s indisputable food and culture epicentre), Notel is like a caravan park in the sky, only fancy. It’s filled with Airstreams you can rent out. The best bit? Every wall in the place is some shade of pink.
Paul Smith Pink Wall, Los Angeles
8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Last, but certainly not least, is the Paul Smith building in Los Angeles. The entire building is lathered in hot pink paint. It’s a dream.
What are you doing reading this? Go on, git out there and start snapping.
Photo: Paul Smith / Instagram.