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17 modern ideas that will make your walls look beautiful

Will Sayner Will Sayner
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 How you adorn the walls of your home will—to a large extent- define the décor, so it’s an important decision that will shape your home’s look and atmosphere.

 When we think about finishing the walls, we tend to think paint or wallpaper, but these are not our only options!

 In fact, there’s a wealth of creative ways to finish walls and leave them looking fabulous.  So, without further ado, here are seventeen fabulous finishes for your walls.

1. Plaster, painting and moulding

 Corridor & hallway by LA Hally Architect
LA Hally Architect

House in Chandlers Ford II

LA Hally Architect

 The simplest and most common solution for finishing your walls is plaster followed by paint, but it can be spruced up with moulding to adorn different areas.

2. Vicenza stone

 Walls by Grassi Pietre srl
Grassi Pietre srl

Stand Grassi Pietre—Marmomacc 2016—Studio Somenthing

Grassi Pietre srl

 This elegant, antique-looking, rough and rustic material is a very popular in Italy. It can be polished, but maintains a distinctive texture.

3. Elegant marble

 Walls by Grassi Pietre srl
Grassi Pietre srl

Stand Grassi Pietre—Marmomacc 2016—Studio Somenthing

Grassi Pietre srl

 From the ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, marble has retained its appeal as a beautiful and luxurious building material. Furthermore, there’s a multitude of colours, veins and combinations to choose from.

4. Brick texture

rustic Bedroom by Pinturas oliváN
Pinturas oliváN

Revestimientos Rústicos

Pinturas oliváN

 Brick itself is not a coating, rather it’s a construction material, but we can texture and paint an area so that it looks as if it were exposed brick.

Creating a brick texture

rustic Bedroom by Pinturas oliváN
Pinturas oliváN

Ejemplo de aplicación del material

Pinturas oliváN

 An acrylic mould can be placed over a mixture of cement, and when dry, can be coloured and painted.

5. Melamine

 The smooth texture of melamine can create an elegant, modern look.  Its flexibility allows you to adapt it to any shape and size permitting precise and accurate cuts.

6. Decorative stone

 Another great option for interiors is decorative stone, which comes in the form of thin blocks or tiles for ease of installation. Its texture is less rustic and occupies less space than natural stone, but is just as beautiful.

7. Wood

 Wood is beautiful, insulated, warm and versatile, and it can be both rustic and sophisticated.

Add a little colour

rustic Bathroom by Taps&Baths

Werkbank als badmeubel


 You can change the appearance of wood by colouring it, but maintain the feeling of warmth and harmony that it generates in the home.

8. Mosaic tiles

modern Bathroom by ShellShock Designs
ShellShock Designs

Black Lip Mother of Pearl in Bathroom Renovation in Kentfield, California, USA

ShellShock Designs

 The aesthetics of tiles, as well as their versatility when combining colours make them an enticing option for bathrooms and kitchens.

9. Mirrors

 Gastronomy by bandesign



 We’re accustom to seeing mirrors that cover interior walls in the bathroom or bedroom, but what about mirrors on the home’s exterior?

10. Three-dimensional ceramic pieces

 Hotels by Cordoba CreativeHeritage
Cordoba CreativeHeritage

Panelado Facetado Curtido

Cordoba CreativeHeritage

 Embrace your artistic side and incorporate a three-dimensional ceramic piece into your décor.

11. Tiles

minimalistic Bedroom by T+E ARQUITECTOS

Loft Manatí, Vista Interior.


 A wall covered in ceramic or granite tiles can become an attractive mural if you choose a colourful design.

12. Rustic stone

 Heavy, non-uniform stone is not exclusively for exteriors. A small wall of rustic stone inside the home can bring a dramatic element to your décor.

13. Whitewash

 Whitewashing your home involves painting with pure lime in water; it's both economical and environmentally friendly.

14. Steel

 You can layer insulation such as styrofoam or fiberglass between steel sheets, as long as they’re painted with corrosion-resistant exterior paint, for a modern, bold look.

15. OSB or compressed wood

 Light and versatile, compressed wood has different forms and can be part of a casual, contemporary style.

16. Microcement

 Microcement is an extremely thin, coloured cement coating, and it can be installed over virtually any existing surface. Its appearance is versatile too, as it can be left with a rough look or polished for a smoother, more refined aesthetic.

17. Concrete

 Reinforced concrete can be cast with simple horizontal or vertical slats, or with veins of thick wood or small sheets of wood.

 Consult a professional for more information on any of the options we discussed. In the meantime, take a look at more great ideas for modern homes.

Which finish is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!
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