Ways to Add Texture and Dimension to Your Walls

We officially have permits to start the renovations on our house and last week we had our first initial meeting with our project manager. It’s really happening! Being the nerd that I am, I have already created a color coded google excel doc for all our design selections as well as another to keep track of our budget and expenses. Trying to stay organized people.

As I’ve continued to research and gather inspiration for our new home, I’ve noticed I continue to gravitate towards textures. Specifically textures and treatment on walls. Paint colors can certainly transform spaces, but a gorgeous wall treatment is something that can really make a beautiful statement.

Here are a few wall treatments I’m loving and a few other unique ones I threw in for fun.

I absolutely love the look of planked walls. It adds so much charm and character. With us completely renovating our house, I think a few planked walls would definitely give it that ‘old house’ feeling but with a crisp and clean look.

planked walls

{Source: Muskoka Living Interiors}

Beadboard is another great textural option to use on your walls. I love the beadboard detailing in this mudroom and how they used it all the way up to the ceiling. Creates great visual detail in a small space. If the idea of diy’ing beadboard in your home is intimidating, you can actually buy beadboard wallpaper that’s easy to install.


{Source: The White Buffalo Styling Co.}

My husband and I both love a lot of the detailing that craftsmen homes have and board and batten is a common trait in that style of home. I love the height of the board and batten in this dining room combined with the chunky door trim. Even without crown molding at the top, the detailing gives the room so much height and draws your eye upwards.

{ Source: Austin Architects & Designers Tim Cuppett Architects}

Wainscoting is another type of wall treatment that typically lines the lower part of the wall. I love the look of this type of detailing in hallways or an office. Breaks up the wall and adds visual contrast in a small space.

{Source: Modern Hall by San Francisco Architects & Designers Feldman Architecture, Inc.}

Another textural treatment is to add paneling all along your wall. The paneling can be various sizes and shapes. The shapes and detailing in this paneling really complements the shape of the doorway arch and the detailing in the railing.

{Source:  Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home}

Now onto the more unique and less traditional wall treatments. Creating a focal chalkboard wall is a great way to not only break up the wall color used throughout your home, but also adds a gritty texture to a space. Plus, you can change up your artwork on the wall at any time with various phrases, words or designs.

chalkboard wall

{Source: Our Vintage Home Love}

If you love the look of stripes but are looking for some additional texture and dimension, diy your own stripes using plywood and in this case, grasscloth. You can get creative though and use any sort of textured fabric to create a beautiful statement wall.

grasscloth wall treatment

{Source: Beach Chic Design}

How fun is this wall treatment? The beauty of having your own home is that you can do anything you want with it. Yes, anything {within budget of course}. Mandi did a great job of incorporating her daughter’s requested color scheme in this ombre honeycomb wall treatment. Talk about statement. Have fun and get creative with what you add to your walls.

Honeycomb Hexagon Wall

{Source: Vintage Revivals}

If you are renting or don’t want to do anything permanent or costly to your walls, this grasscloth nailhead feature wall would fit the bill.  Using just a sheet of plywood and some details like wallpaper and nailheads, Sarah created a beautiful wall treatment that can be taken down if needed.

grasscloth wall treatment

{Source: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs}

Another fun and unique wall treatment is this wall of shutters from KariAnne. Definitely adds a lot of texture to this space. Maybe this is an idea for how to incorporate all those shutters I’m inheriting.

shutter wall

{Source: Thistlewood Farms}

Adding a wall treatment might not be something that we do right off the bat. I might need to live in the house a bit and really get a feel for the rooms and the overall look and feel I want to achieve in the home. But, a girl can dream right?

How do you feel about adding texture to your walls? 

You can see more textural inspiration over on the other blog I write for by day, Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home.

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