For the home: Unique wall treatments and textured walls

Few design techniques can transform a room as the enhancement of its
walls.  Wall treatments have never been so exiting and unconventional from
highly crafty fluted plaster walls to artistic pyramid paneling walls,
architectural motifs that were accredited for exterior texture and furniture have been
forever moved inside to residential interiors in never-seen-before ways. 
Most of the time the effect is so impressive and powerful that little else is
needed to complement the already aesthetic walls.  The more traditional
methods such as the ones used in the first four rooms, fluted walls, are not an
alternative for DIYers. It is a skill to leave only to professional
hands.  The more modern texture walls such as wood block stacking, tiling
and origami would be an easier choice for very clever, handy home owner.  For more easy way to add dimension to your walls you can go here

Fluted plaster walls are spiced up with paint and finished up in a curvature a
few inches off the ceiling.  I love the round endings, top.  Designed
by Jean Louis Deniot via AD.

In this living room fluted plaster walls are taken to the edge of the ceiling
and softened up with clear and delicate curtains.  Designed by Miles Redd.

A more austere space designed by Stephen Sills with textured stone floors and
wood paneling ceiling in the back room and the textured walls enhance the stern

This eating area via Architectural Digest has a softer version of the same
fluted walls as they are less deep.  The back wall displays a subtle treatment
with horizontal ingrained lines. 

In this family room wall treatment raised the standards.  A proof that
architectural motifs are not kept for the outside, they are moving inside
residential spaces as well.  Kelly designed pyramid paneling and painted
them in gray converting this room in a work of art. 

In a bathroom wall antiqued mirror and slabs of marble are applied on a striped

This veneer paneling is simply amazing.  Lighting is inside each of the
veneer cavity reflecting light up and down.  I can only imagine how
beautiful this space is at night. 

For a more organic effect cover a wall with wood blocks of different depth.

This Delta Hex tiles
for the bathroom would bring uniqueness and interest to a modern bathroom.

This conventional paneling wall is spruced up by adding a different design to
the ceiling.  via Scandinavian Deko.

A more rustic version of a wooden slat wall.  via Archilovers.

Long pieces of flat wood are stacked up in two different ways to create an
artistic effect.  This would be from my opinion the easiest technique to
mimic in your home.

 An origami wall treatment is perhaps the more time consuming if considered for
a DIY project.  The walls in this
restaurant in Tokyo are covered with folded paper.  via Upon a fold

One last and easier way to enhance your walls is by either only adding nailhead to a painted wall or if you are adventurous enough upholstering the walls and finishing it with nailhead as in this image of Carolina Herrera Baez’s home.  To see more examples of this technique you can go here.

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  • Julie I adore the fluted walls, and the powder room, wow!

    Come with me on my adventure in France.
    life, possibilities, grace
    a beautiful dream…

    Art by Karena

  • Hi Julie. Wow, you had a good variety of interiors.

    I tend to be very Victorian but love white and space, too.

    For the first time in my life, I'm using blue and yellow in the kitchen.

    Take care. Susan

  • I admit I like simplicity, that's why I said no to wallpapers too a long time ago. But that goes for my home. I would use a textured wall to design a shop, a cafe, restaurant or hotel. I like that rustic wooden slat wall.

  • Really like the long wood stacked too different ways. On a ceiling it would work great at giving the impression of a wood floor. Add a couple of faux beams and it would look amazing. -Tonya

  • Anonymous

    hi Julie,
    i really enjoy your blog,
    can you please inform me where can i find the veneer paneling.
    thank you very much