Typically, walls are either painted or covered with wallpaper. Paint comes in different varieties: flat, eggshell, gloss or semi-gloss, and they easily create an aura for the entire room. Wallpapers do that too, with the wide range of patterns and color choices available in the market.
But some people find these usual wall treatments boring and plain. If you are one of them, there are many other wall treatment options that can surely make your walls stand out.
1. Wood paneling
Wood paneling is the most common and traditional paneling style for the walls. Wood is carved into boards and is attached over the walls to add warmth and appeal. It can suit contemporary or traditional interior styles depending on the size, color, staining and spacing of the panels. Wood panels can be carved from ebony, oak, teak, maple, walnut, pine, rosewood or other hardwood varieties. Another alternative is using hardboard paneling, which is made of treated and compressed wood pulp and a less expensive choice. There are also faux wood paneling, which is made of particle board covered with a plastic film that imitates the look of real wood.
Plaster wall treatments add a little depth and texture to any room. It adds a blotchy appearance to walls to create contrast and variation to break the monotony of a plain wall. Plaster treatments can achieve a lot of effects, like polished marble, stucco, and glaze. It can be subtle, heavy or tinted, but all are bringing texture and shade to the walls. Applying plaster used to be time-consuming and requires skills, but today, even first-time DIYers can do it on their own.
Wainscot is a lower wall covering that starts from the floor to around the middle of the walls. Sometimes, it reaches almost the 3/4ths of the wall up to the ceiling. Wainscoting is considered an alternative to typical floor-to-ceiling paneling to avoid visual overload. It creates a homey, elegant feel that suits most traditional and country-style interiors. It also protects the lower portion of the wall from wear and tear.
Wainscoting often makes use of tongue-and-groove wood headboard paneling or milled hardwoods fastened together, and it is usually white. It can also come in MDF panels that are primed and painted. Besides wood, tiles can also be used for wainscoting. It is often found in bathrooms, but you can innovative and install it in any room.
4. Leather panels
Authentic leather for a wall? Prepare your budget. But wall panels don’t need real leather, so a faux leather panel will do. It’s all about the look, so it’s fine. Attach tufted leather panels for one side of a wall to create a swanky and retro look. It is also easy to install since it only needs to be glued right into the wall. Once upholstered, it can also serve as a soundproofing device for your room.
5. Faux stone and brick panels
Faux stone and brick panels are typically made of lightweight polyurethane or polyester resin and are molded to the shape and natural appearance of masonry. They are also injected with various dyes and pigments to produce the desired style. Stone and brick paneling include red brick, gray brick, white stone, desert stone, and river rock. This is not only used for the exteriors, but it also makes a great accent for the indoors. A brick wall serves a masculine backdrop for a man’s bedroom, and a stone wall makes an earthy and elegant background for a balcony, living room or lounge. Just a bit of advice: go easy with these panels. These may look too heavy if used all around the house, so consider installing it only for a couple of accent walls.
There are two types of this paneling: manufactured stone veneer and faux stone veneer. Manufactured stone veneer is made of cement, aggregates and iron oxides, so it has (somehow) the durability of real stone. Meanwhile, faux stone veneer is made of polystyrene panels that are very light, making them fake as it can ever be. Faux stone veneer panels dent easier than the manufactured ones, so it’s best for areas that will not get much physical contact.
6. Mosaic tile
Mosaic tiles are typically used as interior decoration. Usually placed in the bathroom, mosaic tiles are practical additions to the wall because of its resistance to water. Plus, it adds vibrancy to the space. It can also be used for other parts of the home, especially in living room areas. Porcelain mosaic tiles, since they are always white, typically add patterns, textures and elegant vibe to a wall. Pebblestone mosaics are often used outdoors, but they add interesting colors and effect to the room. Meanwhile, bamboo mosaic tiles are perfect for homeowners looking for something fresh and modern. However, bamboo is not water-resistant, but it’s a sustainable material.
7. Stone or brick cladding
Authentic stone or brick cladding is expensive, but you will be sure that it will stay with you for decades once installed. Stone cladding can be availed in different forms such as marble, granite, and limestone. It is typically used outdoors because it is too heavy-duty for use indoors. The cladding protects the walls from outside elements, and it also helps avoid moisture absorption by the walls.
8. Fabric paneling
The fabric is not a typical choice for a wall treatment, but it brings an extravagant feel to the space. Fabric adds instant texture and coziness to a room. They can be used to cover an entire wall, or installed by squares of fabric panels to create a unique pattern. To create stripes, attach fabric panels vertically; to achieve the checkerboard effect, alternate the squares. You may also create a random design if you want.