Beyond Paint! 7 Inspiring Wall Materials To Consider

Looking for a creative way to add impact, style, and interest to your walls that goes beyond paint or (gasp!) another gallery wall?! Here are 7 unique ways you can create stunning visual impact. Most of them are DIY friendly, but you can also hire out the work if you choose. The best news is, none of them will break the budget! Use these ideas to inspire your next creation. 

1/Wood  //Wood comes in a variety of price ranges depending on the quality and abundance of material. Opt for value wood when you plan to paint it. Upgrade to a nicer wood if you want to stain it and reveal the beauty of wood’s natural grain.

Vintage Revivals_wood and paint wall
Vintage Revivals_wood and paint wall
Wood Herringbone
Wood Herringbone
Bolig_Plywood Wall
Bolig_Plywood Wall

2/Metal // Metal is an unexpected choice. Go with copper for a warm aesthetic. 

Dezeen_Copper
Dezeen_Copper

 Bonus! My favorite metal source Online Metals 

3/Upholstery //  Upholstery isn't just for furniture. This wall treatment lends itself to warm and sophisticated interior. A savvy DIYer can tackle this on in a weekend. Otherwise, measure your wall and ask an upholsterer to make the panels for you. 

Upholstered Squares
Upholstered Squares
Via House Beautiful
Via House Beautiful
Via Futura
Via Futura

4/Cork // This natural and sustainable material not only offers visual warmth but can also act as an acoustic treatment and function as a takable space. If you decide you want it to function as a tack wall, purchase thicker cork so the pins will stay in place. Ideally, it should be 3/8” thick. Try these from Manton

Cork Wall (Source)
Cork Wall (Source)

5/Paper // Using paper to cover walls isn’t new, but you may rethink the type of paper you choose. Sheets of wrapping paper or maps make fine wallcoverings such as those seen here. You can also see the paper wall we did in this blog post.

Obre Wrapping Paper from Rifle (Source)
Obre Wrapping Paper from Rifle (Source)
Map Collection (Source)
Map Collection (Source)

6/Markers//Metallic Sharpies can wield magical powers on a wall when thoughtfully executed. Just be aware that a thick coat of primer will be in order if you ever change the design.

Mandi Does it Again (Source)
Mandi Does it Again (Source)

7/Mixed Materials //Let your imagination run wild by blending materials. Here are a few stunning combinations.

Wood + Fabric (Source)
Wood + Fabric (Source)
Found Objects
Found Objects

Bonus // Check out a the ideas from last week's post on how to use fabric and unique decals for a low-cost/commitment, high-impact feature wall.

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