Wall paint can be an effective tool and is often homeowners’ choice when designing a space, but in many cases, walls can be an afterthought, taking a backseat to lighting, tile, cabinetry and other selections. At Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource, we believe walls are a design opportunity, and we often opt for wall treatments in homes to add dimension, texture, and another layer of detail and character. When done thoughtfully, walls truly become the foundation of good design, creating sophistication, architectural detail, and drama. Wall treatments allow you to enhance a space’s style without needing to add more stuff to a room. We’ve rounded up some of the most common wall covering options.
Wood paneling can skew contemporary or traditional, depending on size, spacing and stain or paint color. It can also offer formality to a room or lend itself to a more casual look. Whatever your goal, wood paneling adds warmth and charm to your home.
Although shiplap is often seen in a modern farmhouse setting, it has gained popularity in many homes. Painted or stained, horizontal or vertical – shiplap has a raw quality while complementing both rustic and refined spaces. We have homeowners who forgo drywall completely and incorporate shiplap in multiple rooms in different applications. This encourages continuity between spaces while creating interest.
With so many options – fabric, grass cloth, metallic, cork, subtle patterns, graphic or geometric designs – wallpaper can complement a contemporary space as well as traditional homes and everything in between. Wallpaper is an easy way to add texture or drama to a space. Use it on an accent wall. Highlight an architectural detail. Put it in an unexpected spot such as on the ceiling or in a window nook.
Patina, distress marks, rough edges, wormholes, faded stains – reclaimed wood not only offers warmth to a space but historical charm. It’s a sustainable option that makes a big impression without overwhelming a room. On theme with other wall treatments – it’s versatile, complementing rustic homes and creating juxtaposition when paired with more modern or traditional elements.
From subway to wood-look tile to large format marble and glass tile, there are countless options for your home. Tile can be laid in numerous patterns, is made of an array of materials, and has many textures, allowing homeowners to express their style and make a statement.
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