Last week, we shared some versatile and functional wall covering ideas with you. Chalkboard paint, dry-erase boards, and pegboard walls all liven up drywall and invite homeowners to embrace their creativity. Today, we’re looking at more unique wall covering ideas, though these options are much more artistic and textural. They’re perfect for homeowners looking to jazz up their boxy white house or put a little more oomph into that statement wall.
Unique Wall Covering Ideas
Fabric has been used as a wall covering for hundreds of years. It’s a great option for homeowners craving color, patterns, and/or warmth, but weary of wallpapers’ potential mess and permanence. Although you can certainly look for fabrics at local stores (sturdy, thick fabrics are best), you can also browse the thousands of options available online. Whether you prefer classic stripes or bright geometric patterns, you’re sure to find something that works with your house. When applying the fabric, you can either attach it directly to the wall for a smooth and polished look, or you can mount a rod and hang the fabric like a curtain (making it easy to change the fabric out if you ever grow bored of it).
For a more natural look, try faux stone veneer. It’s easy to install and adds depth and texture. Of course, you could install real stone, but that is far more expensive and difficult to install. Veneer gives you the look of stone without all the hassle. You can install the faux panels directly to your wall in just a few hours. They come in a variety of colors and their texture is specially prepared to mimic real stone.
Look, I know that you might have some bad associations with wood paneling, but it’s come a long way since the ’70s. By choosing rich shades of brown and limiting wood paneling to accent walls, you can create a beautiful space that is both warm and striking. The photo above shows a gorgeous, veneered black walnut.
Bamboo is a more unusual choice, but it comes in a variety of options including woven mats, planks, and flat slats. This is an environmentally-friendly choice (bamboo is extremely fast growing) that is both strong and flexible. It is also resistant to humidity and easy to maintain. A bamboo wall covering can be used in a modern space to create an aura of relaxation and calm, but it’s also a great fit if you want a room to appear tropical and exotic.
Finally, brick veneer is a great way to get the urban, old-school look of brick without hauling in wheelbarrows of heavy bricks. Like stone, it comes in a variety of different shades and is easy to apply. Plus, brick veneer is rarely ever fake brick. It’s real, but much thinner so that you get the same look for less money. This is a perfect option for anyone dreaming of a cool, downtown loft who just can’t afford the location.
These unique wall covering ideas are perfect for anyone hoping to make their walls more interesting and textural. If you’d rather find some wall covering ideas that are functional and prime for artistic expression, head back over to part one.