Adding texture to your walls can bring elegance, dimension, and just plain fun into your home! Here are four of our all-time favorites.
Four Ways to Add Texture to Your Walls
Thanks to home flipping super couple Chip and Joanna Gaines, shiplap is the word on every remodeler’s lips. Once upon a time, ship walls were made from thin wooden boards with overlapping rabbet joints—aka ‘shiplap.’ These joints fit together snugly, helping to reinforce the planks against water and wind. It also comes with a unique feature: that shadowy little gap between the boards that’s now beloved by millennial homeowners everywhere.
Shiplap is a super simple way to update any space. It’s remarkably durable and doesn’t dent or scratch, so it’s ideal for use in high-traffic rooms or kid’s play areas. Shiplap is also incredibly versatile, so you can make your planks horizontal, vertical, or even staggered; you can use thin or thick planks or planks made of almost any material.
In days of yore, high-quality wood would have been used, but because modern shiplap is mostly decorative, you can just as easily use medium-density fiberboard or budget-friendly plywood. If you choose to paint your shiplap, proceed with caution: the rustic charm comes mainly from the visible gaps in the wood, so paint carefully if you want to retain this dimensional look.
Believe it or not, wainscoting isn’t just a decorative feature! The Dutch have used it since the 1300s to protect their lower walls against scuffs, scrapes, and stains. And with a little bit of stock board and experience using a chop saw, it’s easy to add stunning, textured wainscoting to your walls.
While the original wainscoting typically covered the lower half or third of walls, modern-day wainscoting can go as high or low as you want! Plus, it looks great in a wide range of styles and colors, so don’t feel like you must stick with classic white. If you’re handy, you can make your own design. There are five main types of wainscoting panels: raised panel, flat panel, beadboard, overlay, and board and batten.
3. 3D Walls
Who said walls have to be flat? With a bit of imagination, you can turn your regular wall into a 3D canvas using various styles and/or materials. Materials like gypsum, plastic, glass, aluminum, and more can transform any room into a real-life art piece.
These DIY features usually work best in spaces where they can be admired, like living rooms, kids’ playrooms, entertainment spaces, and even bathrooms.
The best part is that 3D walls are as diverse and customizable as you want them to be. Some options mimic the look of natural materials, like grainy wood or veined stone, while others are made with eye-catching printed designs. Whatever your taste is, there’s something out there for you!
4. A “Living Wall”
Bring the outside in by transforming one of your regular walls into a gorgeous, lush living wall. To do this, you’ll need to consider your space and the kind of plants you want. You’ll want to select your plants depending on the light you have to work with. Without enough sun, your plants can die or become sickly. Fortunately, there’s a plant to suit every kind of light—you just need to choose the right ones.
And along with its vibrant natural beauty, a living wall comes with added health perks. Many plants have outstanding air filtration and purifying properties, and beyond that, they just make us feel happier overall.
Which wall texture ideas do you love? Let us know online, or for more information about how we can help you transform your walls, get in touch today.