Textured Walls: Inspiration Beyond Paint and Wallpaper

So many new homes feel just like plain white boxes once you first move in. Boring! Devoid of any real architectural interest, even after painting and furnishing, there can still be something lacking. I adore the concept of interesting textures on walls — not artificial finishing that just looks like a feel, but the real deal you can feel with your own hands. This really is an inspirational collection of ways to add texture to your walls.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

1. Glass setup. This multi-layered wall treatment was custom made from colored glass. This is actually thinking outside the box when it comes to what to put on the wall. Absolutely beautiful.

If glass feels daunting to you, consider making a setup from panels of clear acrylic. You can back-paint the acrylic to make it. It would not look just like this, but my head just gets going with ideas once I see such imaginative wall treatments.

Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design

Just couldn’t resist displaying another shot of this wall treatment in another room.

Wrightworks, LLC

2. Textured gypsum wall board. This is among my most favorite products for making a textured wall. Check out Seattle-based Modulararts for a wide array of textures. You are able to create a single accent wall, as they did in this room.

Wrightworks, LLC

Because the patterns line up, it is possible to wrap a corner and just continue. These are paintable, but I think they look spectacular in white. In commercial areas I have seen these with colored lights washing on the surface. See examples of that here.

Thomas Ramey’s Essentials in Steel

3. Metal installation. This wall treatment resembles the last one, because the pieces of steel have been applied at several thicknesses on the wall. The metal gives a more industrial feel, but it is still a warm appearance because of the dark patina.

Cynthia Prizant – Prizant Design, LLC

4. Copper. This textured copper panel’s flat ripples look almost silky.

Randy Thueme Design Inc. – Landscape Architecture

Here the large copper strips are pierced for feel, but it is actually their installation with several strips bowed out of the wall that creates a deeply textural wall treatment. This would work indoors and it does in this outdoor courtyard.

Marco Dellatorre

5. Pierced wall panels. Building panels pierced with a design is a complex idea. It’s possible to have a laser cutting edge service cut any design you like in metal. These panels are art installations, but you could also cover an whole wall to make an interesting architectural element.

Oh, it is also possible to have laser cut panels made from wood or other materials. Just depends upon the laser cutting gear equipment as to what they can or can’t cut.

Beckwith Interiors

6. Wood blocks. These glistening wood projection blocks of varying thicknesses make a highly textured wall within this shallow architectural niche.

7. Tile. Itisn’t just for kitchens and bathrooms anymore.Take a trip into a number of the better tile suppliers and you will find an amazing range of deeply textured tiles. The ones with this particular dining area wall are a crocodile texture.

BAAN design

The tiles on the wall over this water feature look as they are made from concrete.

Anne Rue Interiors

8. Leather. This wall has had leather panels with nailhead trim installed. Very much a men’s club sense!

Luo Zongze

9. Wallpaper. If your grandmother’s house springs to mind when you think of wallpaper, then you have not seen the latest advancements. This line of heavily embossed wallpaper is contemporary and fresh.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

I acknowledge I do not understand what this substance is. Nonetheless, it appears very much like some of those heavily textured, paper wall coverings available today.

VM Concept Interior Design Studio

10. Upholstery. This photo and the next five show different styles of upholstery applied to walls. There are square tiles like this offered in different thicknesses and you can cover them in almost any fabric you want. Not only is that the upholstery a beautiful texture, but it absorbs noise. If you have problems with a lot of echo in your house, this may address that issue.

These rectangular upholstered panels possess a deeply bevelled contour. You can just cover the area behind the mattress, or …

Michael Abrams Limited

… you can pay for the whole wall.

VM Concept Interior Design Studio

These upholstered walls are tufted just enjoy a Chesterfield sofa. Enjoy it!

Tatiana Takaeva

The upholstered wall behind the tv has flat panels that go all the way across the wall.

Alpha Design Group

Flip them another direction if you would rather vertical panels.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

11. Drapery. You do not need a window to pay for a wall with floor-to-ceiling drapery.

Envision living

Yards and yards of amazing fabric create a gorgeous texture and ceiling-to-floor.

Elad Gonen

12. Industrial or building materials. Oriented strand board (OSB) is normally found sheathing the outside of homes prior to the siding goes up. It creates an interesting pattern and can be quite textural. I have used this stuff for floors, sanding down it and crystal clear coating it for a look that imitates cork.

Cynthia Prizant – Prizant Design, LLC

Peg board is used on the lower half of this wall for this adolescent boy’s room.

Glenn Robert Lym Architect

And on the industrial motif, corrugated metal siding is drawn inside to include rippling texture and shine.

Webber + Studio, Architects

13. Stone. There are many products available on the market that allow you to have a stone wall. Stone veneers or stone tiles give you the appearance of high-end masonry work.

Daniel Nolan for Flora Grubb Gardens

14. How about an indoor living wall? The lush, living feel is also an oxygen manufacturer!


15. Wall panels. That is a contemporary take on paneling. I enjoy how the narrow bands are separated by gaps and accentuate the horizontal lines in this room.


Best of Both Wools Carpet Tile – $21.99

16. Carpet. This can seem like an odd idea you see it from time to time in commercial uses. Why not in your own residence? I enjoy the very low, tight loops of this carpeting in this picture. Run your carpeting across the floor and right on the wall up. It is an especially nice idea for extra softness at a playroom. If you’ve got a house having a particularly bad problem of repeat, subsequently putting carpeting on a wall might help dampen the noise in the exact same manner that it will to carpeting the floor or upholster a wall.

Well, I have just scratched the surface on ideas for wall feel. I would love to hear your own thoughts and ideas — not “ooh, this will be hard to wash” or “I might bump against the wall and hurt myself,” but about what other really creative and interesting things you can put on the wall for feel. Upload those photos as always!

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