How to Add Texture to Your Walls

August 16, 2018

Flat walls can be boring, especially if your personal style tends to be bolder and more adventurous. A simple way to liven up a room without going overboard with decor is to add texture to your walls. Here’s how to add texture to your walls:

1. Use Texture Rollers

A texture roller allows you to build texture into the wall bwy using a roller with a cutout design and joint compound. Several designs are available and can be applied over existing paint. However, once you have added the texture to the wall in this way, the wall will remain textured until the joint compound is removed or sanded down. So, make sure you’re ready for that type of commitment before jumping in. It’s not permanent, but it will take a good bit of effort to change once it’s done.

Once the joint compound has been applied, design added with a texture roller, and everything has dried, you can then paint the wall your desired color. Because the wall now has a slight 3D element, there will be natural highlights and shadows across the textured design, which will add extra dimensions to your paint color and a unique aspect to the room. You can add a dramatic effect to a textured wall by adding an accent wall in a contrasting color or with strategically placed lighting.

2. Add Wallpaper with an Interesting Design

Wallpaper with an interesting design can add texture to your walls with visual effects. Certain patterns and geometric designs can add a feeling of texture without actually building anything on your wall. Lighting placement paired with the right design can make the design jump off the wallpaper for a look that is anything but flat. This is also a modern dining room idea that can help a room stand out in a subtle and interesting way.

If you want to add even more dimension and texture, there are textured wallpaper options available that allow you to break out from the standard two-dimensional approach. Experimenting with texture, either through textured wallpaper or interesting designs that enhance visual texture, is one of the popular wallpaper trends, and it works well in a variety of ways and with a variety of styles.

3. Consider Materials

Adding texture to the walls is a sunroom design idea that works well in a variety of rooms. You can add texture to a standard wall. But, when you change up the materials you use on the wall, you can have texture built-in. A wall covered in brick or stone instantly adds texture and changes the look and feel of a room. 

One of the ideas for decorating with corrugated metal is to use it as an accent wall. This can change the atmosphere of the room and help create the look you want. The same effect can be achieved with barn wood and other real wood overlays. This can sometimes offer a warmer and softer feel than other materials. An accent wall covered in a different material can add texture to a room and is a good option if you’re not sure you want all the walls covered in a different material.

4. Apply Wall Trim

Wall trim is a great way to add some elegance and texture to a room. Some common and popular types of trim for walls include wainscoting, shiplap, chair rail, picture rail, plate rail, and picture molding. While shiplap tends to cover the entire wall, the other types of molding only cover part of it.

Each offers its own look and can add an interesting touch of texture to a room without overwhelming it. You can even take trim to the ceiling and consider corner molding, ceiling trim, or crown molding ideas to complement your wall trim and add interesting details in other areas.

5. Incorporate Textured Decor

You can also add texture to a room with the decor you use in it. This is a great way to play around and experiment with textures without committing to something more permanent. With artisan pieces and textures being on-trend, you have plenty of options.

Cushions or pillows with an interesting fabric and large knitted throws can add texture and comfort to your decor. Furniture using natural finishes like sun-bleached wood or driftwood can add texture with a rustic feel. Macrame wall hangings, tapestries, hanging pockets, wall planters, and more can all add texture to your walls without structurally changing them.

Adding texture to your walls is just one way you can add dimension and atmosphere to a room. Building a custom home allows you to get exactly the look and feel you want in every room of your home while ensuring every detail works for you. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!