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How to Add Texture to Your Home

Texture can make a boring room lively and vibrant. To add texture into a room or area, these ideas can help – textured walls, fabric hangings, tiles, wainscoting, and stone veneers. No matter what style you choose, there will always be something that can suit your needs and preferences.
How to Add Texture to Your Home

There’s a difference between a room that’s visually appealing and one that has character. Color, layout, and furnishings make your room attractive, but they don’t always make it unique and interesting. Often, a well-thought out room turns out rather unremarkable simply because it’s too sleek and clean-cut. If your room lacks that extra flourish, you probably need a bit of texture.

Texture breaks the monotony of color in your walls and adds dimension to your room. If you know the right tricks, even a small patch of texture can become your room’s focal point. But the best thing about it is that you can do it yourself, using only a few simple tools.

There are several ways to add texture, from simple add-ons to direct wall applications. No matter what your style is, there’s sure to be one that will work for you. Here are some texturing techniques you might want to try.

1. Textured walls

This is what most people think about when they think of texturing. A textured wall is painted in a creative pattern instead of a solid block of color. You can texture just one wall and make it a focal point, or do two or more if you have a large room. Start with a base color—the main color in the rest of the room—and add a texture layer in a contrasting or complementary shade. You can do this by sponging or rubbing the paint on, or using a patterned paint roller. There are all sorts of texture patterns you can use, from soft, cloud-like finishes to stone and floral designs.

Alternatively, you can use textured wallpaper if you don’t have a steady hand. Some of them come already colored and ready to use, while others have embossed patterns you have to paint on. Fiber-based wallpapers such as grass cloth can be used on their own and require a bit less work.

2. Fabric hangings

Fabrics have been used decoratively for centuries, although we’ve only recently discovered their use for texture. Curtains are the cheapest way to decorate with fabric, although you can hang a cloth anywhere you like. Laid flat against the wall, they make a great contrast against the smooth surface and solid color. A cloth painting or tapestry will look great against a plain, neutral-colored wall. Wall fabrics can be expensive, but you can always improvise by hand-painting your own or using fabrics you already have.

3. Tiles

For your kitchen or bathroom, ceramic tiles provide a double deal: they make a functional backsplash and spruce up your wall at the same time. You don’t have to cover your entire wall; most people tile bathroom walls up to eye level and paint the rest in a complementary color. Another option is to tile it all the way up, but with a row of small colorful tiles at eye level to break up the space.

In the kitchen, try tiling up the wall just above your sink and counter. Effectively, you’ll be creating a backsplash as well as a wall accent. Most backsplash areas are too small to add accent tiles, so try going for bolder colors. If your counter is your kitchen’s focal point, creative tiling can make it all the more attractive.

4. Wainscoting

A wainscot is a panel of wood covering the lower half of a wall, usually topped with a decorative bar or cornice. Wainscoting creates a cozy, traditional look while protecting the drywall underneath. An additional panel at the bottom provides an added accent and serves as a foot-guard. Traditional wainscoting uses solid wood, although you can make your own with polished plywood or a pre-made wainscoting board.

For a more dramatic effect, consider getting beadboard wainscoting. A beadbord is basically a textured wainscot, made from several thin slats instead of a flat board. The pattern makes it more interesting and eliminates the need for additional texture. This works great especially if you already have a beadboard ceiling.

5. Stone veneers

If you like the look of rural lodges, a brick veneer may be best for you. Brick and stone veneers add a rustic, country feel to your home while giving your walls additional texture. If you have a large fireplace, try placing the veneer around the border or creating an arch over the top. You can also veneer an entire wall and turn it into a feature wall, creating an instant focal point. Use faux stone or brick if you the real thing too expensive.