Customizing With Wall Texture

Interior designers and homeowners alike have wholeheartedly embraced wall texture, and there are lots of ways to go about accenting the walls in your own home. Start by researching your textured wall options, and then pick your favorite based on your own design aesthetic and the condition of the existing walls. You can always go down a road of sponge painting a texture to add depth and interest to a smooth wall, and you can even try for a more noticeable accent and created textured walls out of plaster or spray-on texture.

Alternatively, consider a textured wallpaper. For walls with signs of damage, the texture in the wallpaper can help to disguise imperfections and create a whole new focal point. Plus, many times it’s paintable. Head a little further down the textured wallpaper path and you’ll find your way across some amazing grasscloth wallpapers. I especially like it as a focal wall in a room designed to embrace natural and organic elements.

Modern accents are highlighted with a textured wallpaper.

Keep on reading to get more ideas for wall texture.

Reclaimed wood walls are all over the place these days, and creative people have found wonderful ways to use everything from old pallets, scrap lumber, to fence pieces – you name it, they’ve tried it. My go-to for the past few years has been shiplap paneling. Slightly different than the texture that you can get from installing reclaimed wood or wainscoting panels, this pine paneling is pre-sawn to be new and smooth, and its rabbeted edges overlap to create a clean-lined horizontal accent (in many cases, at least, it could also be hung vertically).

Painted shiplap adds detail to a bathroom.

I like it both painted in a light shade like shown above, or stained brown (as used in my own dining room).

Stained shiplap for added wall texture.

What are your favorite ways to add texture to the walls in your home?

All three of these homes were toured on Check out the mid-century house tour, the beach house tour, and my own house tour for additional inspiration. 

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at


2 Responses

  1. Moodyvega says:

    Crown Moldings always add just the right touch to any wall design..

    • merrypad says:

      I love it in the living room, but my dining room with the shiplap extends openly into the kitchen and through that space, crown moulding would look out of place. In every other room of my home though, I'm with you!


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