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How to Use Textured Wallpaper

10th September 2019

Learning how to use textured wallpaper is a key part of creating contemporary interiors. They bring depth, interest, and added luxury to otherwise minimalist spaces.

Innovative production techniques and intriguing patterns are offering more and more choice, ranging from the subtle to the sublime. Here's everything you need to know about adding textured wallpaper to interiors.

What Are the Different Types of Textured Wallpaper?

Sisal Wallpaper Vs. Vinyl Wallpaper

Textured wallpaper comes in two main types. The first is sisal wallpaper. This uses natural fibres and creates a subtle and sought after panelled effect.

It's a sophisticated look that's perfect for luxury homes. The material is often made from grasscloth for a woven or ridged look.

The second is vinyl wallpaper which is more durable, economical, and easier to clean. It's ideal for high traffic areas and using on larger spaces. Thanks to these benefits they also work wonderfully as a contract wallpaper in modern properties and businesses.

Five Ways to Style Textured Wallpaper

Simply Semi-Plain Wallcoverings

If subtlety is the aim then semi-plain textured wallpaper is the solution. It adds an extra dimension beyond the matt or gloss of paint and flatness of paper. Neutral and grey make for effortlessly muted rooms and are wonderful in shared spaces.

Whether used as an accent or all-over, these textured wallpaper designs are a contemporary dream. They complement an existing colour scheme and create a great base for a room. For these reasons, they are the most versatile and broadest group to choose from.

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Wallpaper was originally invented as a cost-effective alternative to wall-hangings and tapestries. Many designs are still based on fabric patterns today and textured wallpaper is no different. It has taken the leap between the two for an elevated touch of decadence.

The weave of sisal wallpaper makes it an ideal update to this tradition. Whereas, vinyl offers the opportunity to use it on broader surfaces.

These small designs make for a tactile addition to any interior by surrounding a space in the softness of fabric. It dulls hard edges and wraps a room in luxurious comfort. They balance the coolness of contemporary, especially when warm colours are used against the glass and steel of modern design.

Build on the walls' impact with a velvet, silk and/or linen fabric for inviting richness and relaxation on the furnishings. This will center the room for an enticing finish.

A sure sign of a contemporary interior is its use of shiny surfaces. Metallic textured wallpaper makes a must-see statement that ticks all the boxes.

Pewter, zinc, and silver have often been used to bring a masculine angle to a room. Whereas, rose gold and copper are becoming increasingly popular for their warmth (whilst being oh-so on trend).

Whatever the tone, any interior is given a modern makeover with metallics. Try a feature wall to reflect light and draw the eye.

Glass then allows the design to be seen whilst building on the room's aesthetic. The easiest way to do this is in home accessories like vases or lighting on table lamps.

Meanwhile, leather can add complementary tones and luxurious texture whilst bringing rugged (faux) natural texture. Sofas, headboards, and footstools all form classic and yet current accompaniments.

Geometric wallpaper allows for a simple pattern that doesn't detract from the texture of the design. The mix of tones allows for the right amount of colour to accentuate the covering.

These modern motifs mean tones can be repeated in the room and tie-in with furnishings and home accessories. Complementary colours can then be used to complete the look.

Try the darkest tone in the design on a plain fabric for the largest piece of furniture. Then cushions can add a pop of colour to bring life to a room.

Warping, wear, and weathering make for potent contrasts to modern interior design. They bring a timeless element, greater depth, and dynamic character to a room.

Popular examples include fresco style effects that imitate wall murals of the past that were painted as the plaster dried. The artwork was then one with the wall and likewise cracked and weathered with it. Then there's patination effects that mimic the intriguing colour patterns of oxidisation common to metals.

They range from the delicate to the ancient and even a slightly worn aesthetic can make for an outstanding design in a contemporary interior. Block colours and modern fixtures amplify the effect with powerful results.

Juxtapose the aged look even more by going both timeless and contemporary with every other item. Metal, glass, and stone achieve this brilliantly.

A stronger impression can be made with unexpected materials. There's now textured wallpaper in cork and even papier-mâché. There's imprinted patterns and gold leaf highlights.

Taking a good look at the design and experimenting with unconventional designs can bring big rewards. Contrast these materials with ceramics and metallic tones to up the anti. Lighting is the easiest way to achieve both of these.

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