Have fun with wall textures
Walls surround us in our homes, offices and everyday lives. They define our spaces and cast a backdrop in which we live. We can dress up our walls with paint in all kinds of colors but why stop there? Why not use textures and patterns and create art with the walls that define our space and how we live? It has become a fad that all rooms in your home must be the same; use the same colors and finishes to essentially replicate one another. Break away from the trend and let different rooms in your home have their own identity and unique features. Decide on an identity for each room and make it come to life starting with the texture and color of the backdrop, the walls. Paint: The possibilities are nearly endless with paint. You can paint over almost any surface these days and there are so many varieties of sheens, colors, faux texturing techniques and even metallics available. If you are a creative do-it-yourselfer, you can create patterns and textures fairly inexpensively to replicate various wallpapers. A few popular choices might be stripes, a chevron pattern or if you are up for a challenge, an Ogee pattern using a stencil. If you like the idea but what something more subtle, try a tone-on-tone pattern using the same color as the background color only with a different sheen.
Wallpaper: I promise it’s not like it used to be, especially if you are thinking about removal down the road as they are using a different glues and papers now. There are so many beautiful textures available and they are incredibly durable! You can even get wallpaper that feels like fabric or replicates leathers and reptile skins.
Wainscots and wallboards: A great choice for older, character homes or adding a touch of detail and class. Vertical bead board always looks great in vintage inspired bathrooms, living rooms and dining rooms. Be sure to plan out how high it will run on the walls and how you will finish it with trims etc. Also remember that adding depth to the wall will make your power outlets and switches recessed; consider speaking with your electrician before you get too carried away!
Tile, faux stone and brick veneer: If you live in a bungalow but love the feel of an old loft apartment then treat yourself to your favorite Starbucks beverage and head out shopping for a traditional brick veneer. It is incredible the kind of impression that tile, stone and brick can have on a space. Lucky for you, these materials are getting easier to find and there is more variety than ever to help you get exactly what you want.
Smooth, drywall finishes are great and are sometimes the perfect style for your space but if your room demands a little something extra to make it special then start with the backdrop, the walls!