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A Guide to Using Wall Texture for Home Interiors

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Most people tend to neglect wall texture while planning the interior design of the house and instead focus on colour, luxury and comfort. In interior design, texture refers to the sensation caused by the external surface of any material. It could be a wall, cushion, floor or furnishings in a room. The textures of these objects, including walls, have the power to enhance the overall atmosphere of a room through their presence. While rough textures give the space an earthy, warm and grounded feeling, smooth textures give it an air of sophistication and elegance.

Walls are the most commonly used features to add texture and depth to different sections of the house. It can be done boldly and blatantly by using paint, wallpaper or details like stone, tiles and brick to add character to the wall or by using subtle wall texture details such as textiles, paintings, and other forms of wall art. Today, we present some ideas for wall texture designs to add personality to different parts of the house.

1. What is wall texture?

Even freshly painted walls can sometimes look dull and boring. Wall textures bring positive aesthetics to walls in the room and also hide imperfections like cracks, holes or drywall seams. The most common wall texture finishes are done through tiles, bricks, wallpaper or stone wall cladding to create an accent wall. It can give a contemporary feel to the room or even serve as an appealing background for the television or decor items.

2. The importance of wall texture

Wall texture adds a dimension to the room design besides contributing to style and aesthetics, which are usually lacking in plain painted walls. It plays a supporting role in improving the overall look of a home's decor. Interior wall texture plays a substantial role in enhancing the overall ambience of a room if placed well. Interior decorators try to put them next to smooth surfaces to make the textured region stand out and to give it a distinctive look. The texture can be created by a backlit wall or even wallpaper. Usually, it’s advisable to stick to just two distinct types of textures to create a focal point in the room and to ensure that the room doesn’t look too busy.

3. Types of wall texture

THE DINING AREA VIEW Clickhomz Modern dining room
Clickhomz

THE DINING AREA VIEW

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Visual textures on the wall are limited only by imagination and can be used creatively to enhance any section of the wall. Among the different types of textures one can use are:

  • Wall texture paint: A refreshing change from dull and smooth finishes of wall paint, texture paint when combined with art pieces can add pizazz to the interior design.
  • Hawk and Trowel texturing: This type of texture is created using tools so that the wall appears to have several different layers blending into each other
  • Comb textures: In this method, textures on the wall are created by making lines of varying widths.
  • Orange peel textured wall:  It is also a popular method that makes the wall appear like the rind of an orange.

Other commonly used visual texture wall treatments are sand swirl, splatter knockdown, popcorn, slap-brush, rosebud, crow's feet and stomp brush. All of these texture effects are applied during the plastering or painting stage with the help of tools and brushes.

4. Materials used for wall texture

Restrooms should make a statement Skketchboard Insol LLP Modern style bathrooms
Skketchboard Insol LLP

Restrooms should make a statement

Skketchboard Insol LLP

Besides the wall texture designs created with tools and brushes, certain types of materials can be installed to create a textured finish on the wall. These include: 

  • Tactile textures: These materials have a 3D finish and create an actual texture that can be felt on the surface when touched. The most common examples of this include brick wall texture, which is achieved by leaving the wall unpainted to create a rustic look. Similarly, stone wall texture can be created through wall cladding tiles. Other commonly used materials for making tactile textures on walls both inside and outside the house are stones, tiles, bricks, textiles, decor items and furnishings.
  • Visual textures: Some types of wall texture finishes have an implied or visual texture. It means that unlike tactile surfaces, it can’t be felt when touched but instead tricks the eyes into believing that it exists. Printed 3D graphics with an immersible lighting arrangement is an example of using external materials to create textures. Wallpaper of different hues and designs also give walls a textured finish and create beautiful backgrounds for furniture.

5. Wall texture design ideas

Even in a mundane region like the kitchen, there are more ways to add texture and style than by just installing modern gadgets. A stylish backsplash created with glass tiles can create a sleek interior wall texture that complements a modern kitchen and creates a visually appealing work area. Anywhere in the home, wall texture designs can be created by combining both visual and tactile forms to develop a personal style that suits the overall decor. Adding contrast with colours along with texture can balance the look and increase the visual interest. Wall texture designs can be paired with mirrors, lighting or decor pieces to create special effects.

For more ideas on adding texture to interior design, get tips on how to select ideal upholstery fabrics for your home.

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