How to add authentic texture to your interior with wallpaper

Now, I'm not talking wood-chip wallpaper here although, that said, embossed pattern anaglypta wallcoverings ARE making a comeback in period homes. Instead, I'm talking about bringing subtle, natural textures into your room with a variety of contemporary finishes, all of which can be achieved with wallpaper...

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Some homes just suit the ‘loft vibes’ look. Barns, apartments, mid-century homes and new builds could all benefit from a feature brick wall or stone finish to bring an authentic, loft-apartment feel. It pairs perfectly with other natural textures, such as wood, ceramic and hessian for a truly layered look.

But achieving an exposed wall could be costly (and involve lots of mess!) if you go down the construction route. You’ll either be spending money having a bricklayer construct new walls or spending hours chiselling plaster off the walls, coating your whole house with a layer of dust.

Plus, you never know what you might find behind the plaster – the bricks could be in poor condition and need repointing – or might not even be salvageable, so you’ll then need to replaster the wall to put the room back to a liveable standard.

Stone effect wallpapers are probably the simplest and thriftiest way to get the look for less and without any fuss. Many papers are paste-the-wall, so they’re even easier to apply than ever before. The result is almost instant – within a couple of hours, you’ll be able to stand back and admire your brand new feature wall.

The raised finishes of contemporary wallpaper are such that the walls will actually look and feel textured. Rather than choosing just a printed pattern, go one step further with an embossed finish. It’ll give the wall a trompe l’oeil effect that makes the bricks or stone seem more realistic.

Soften the wall into its surroundings by layering up furiture, artwork and plenty (or should that be plant-y!) of foliage. A large potted parlour palm does wonders to soften the edges of a room and bring the attention to its natural leaves and away from your trompe l’oeil wall.

If you have a period property, don’t think that feature textured walls aren’t for you. In fact, a distressed plaster effect wall is the ultimate faded-luxe finish. It suits period homes as it looks like the original plaster, which would have been applied decades ago.

Again, the best way to achieve an authentic ‘undone’ look is to bring furniture and artwork in front of the wall to draw the eye away from the paper. This allows visitors to focus on the pieces you’ve chosen rather than assessing whether or not your plastered wall is vintage or brand new.

Let me know in the comments below if you plant to have a go at introducing some texture into your home with brick, stone or plaster effect walls. And if you’ve already achieved that coveted ‘loft vibe’ in your new build or mid-century home I would love to see it – please tag me in your pics on Instagram @Cassiefairy. Thanks!

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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