Design Ideas for Textured Walls

Make a statement in any room by adding real or perceived texture to one or more walls.

Distinctive Molding

Two different molding treatments -- vertical strips on the upper half and squares below -- add interest and texture to the walls of this living room. Dark blue paint offers striking contrast to all the white.

Grass-Cloth Covering

Covering an accent wall with grass cloth introduces texture and a neutral color to this living room. The seams between strips of grass cloth create a panel effect, adding another layer of subtle texture.

Timeworn Texture

This new kitchen features a brick wall with an old-world look and feel. The rustic look of natural brick adds texture to any room. White cabinets add contrast while blending beautifully with the light-color grout.

Textural Illusion

The wallpaper in this living room features a geometric pattern that provides the convincing illusion of real molding. Shades of white keep the space from becoming too busy, while dark-stained wood adds contrast.

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Contemporary Character

White-painted boards on the walls and ceiling of this kitchen blend natural texture with a clean, contemporary look. Small variations in the gaps between boards add character, as do exposed beams on the ceiling.

Blue Beauty

An accent wall featuring blue grass cloth framed by white molding makes a bold statement in this bedroom. Positioning the bed against the accent wall creates the appearance of a magnificent headboard. Blue accents throughout the space tie the wall to the rest of the bedroom.

Faux-Painted Texture

When done well, faux painting is another way to add natural-looking texture to a space. In this bathroom, shades of gray paint are applied in a way reminiscent of slate.

Reflections on the Wall

Reflecting light is one way to create unexpected texture. In this dining room, a lacquer finish was applied to an indigo wall for a stunning high-gloss effect.

Wood Grain

The natural grain of wood adds texture to any space. Walls clad in dark, rich wood paneling provide an elegant look in this living room. Matching beams on the ceiling continue the look and texture overhead.

Tile Texture

Tile is a great way to add pattern and texture to a kitchen. Here, white subway tile goes all the way to the ceiling and across the range hood. Pairing dark grout with white tile adds contrast and emphasizes the texture.

Fabric-Look Wallpaper

Wallpaper offers countless combinations of colors, patterns, and textures that would be nearly impossible for the do-it-yourselfer to duplicate with paint. Here, fabric-look paper adds soft elegance in a formal dining room.

Textured Wallpaper

Wallpaper featuring a raised pattern brings in texture that's not only visual, but also tangible. In this powder room, a large organic, monochromatic print on one wall adds interest without overpowering the small space.

Texture Trilogy

One way to create texture is through a variety of materials. In this dining room, painted wood paneling, mirrors, and decorative paper combine to create a variety of visual and tactile experiences.

Natural Inspiration

One of the best places to find inspiration for adding texture is nature. Here, walls of stacked limestone bring the outdoors into a contemporary kitchen.

Padded Powder Room

A simple pattern made from rectangles of durable vinyl lends a soft look to this powder room. An alternative to fabric, vinyl is a water- and mold-resistant material that offers a similar visual effect.

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