Are you looking for ideas to replace a plain painted wall with something a little more exciting – but, you know, not too much? Then texture wallpaper might be the ideal styling solution for your interior design project. It can add depth, interest and energy to space with minimal effort. But using texture doesn’t need to be dull: subtle effects can be deployed in clever ways to create surprising space. We’re going to explore ways to lift room using subtle texture design and abstract wallpapers: so here are 11 stunning and surprising ways you can style a space with textured wallpaper.
1. Create a Focal Point
If you want to make a real impact with your wallpaper, then use it to create a focal point in the room. A great way to do this is by papering just one wall in a feature design, and keeping the rest of the walls neutral. This will draw the eye to the textured wallpaper and make it the star of the show! The Essence ombre wallpaper is used here to make the roll top bathtub the standout feature of the room, offset perfectly against the soft cream hues of the wallpaper.
Design: Essence Ombre wallpaper
2. Introduce Subtle Texture
If you’re not ready for a full-on patterned wallpaper, then why not try something with a little more subtle texture? There are some beautiful designs out there that have just enough raised detail to add interest to a room without being overwhelming. For example, this classic Nordic texture pattern wallpaper called Raita, by Johanna Gullichsen, is just perfect to add some depth to the wall.
Design: Raita Wallpaper
3. Make a Statement
Textured wallpaper is the perfect way to make a real statement in your home. If you want to turn heads and wow your guests, then go for a design that is bold and eye-catching. Whether it’s a big floral print or an abstract design, make sure it pack a punch! The Baltic Sea abstract wallpaper is used here to great effect, with the warm smoky pink hues offsetting the crisp white bathroom and choc cherry paint finish.
Design: Baltic Sea Wallpaper
4. Add Dimension
If you want to add some extra dimension to your walls, then textured wallpaper is a great way to do it. Certain designs can create the illusion of depth, which can really transform a room. This is especially effective if you have low ceilings, as it will make the room feel taller and more spacious. The Elemental metallic stripe wallpaper is ideal for this, with delicately distressed golden stripes alongside a palette of deep greens.
Design: Elemental Wall Mural
5. Create an Accent Wall
An accent wall is a great way to inject some personality into your home. By choosing a textured wallpaper for this feature, you’ll really make it stand out from the rest of the room. This is a great way to show off your style and make a real impact! Even a classic Scandinavian style white living room can be a place for a texture design wallpaper – the Soft Marble wallpaper deliver beautifully in this kind of space, perfectly balancing impact and subtlety.
Design: Marble Dream Wallpaper
6. Opt for Neutral Tones
If you’re not feeling brave enough to go for a bright and bold design, then why not try something in neutral tones? There are some beautiful textured wallpapers out there that are perfect for creating a calming and relaxing space. They’re also great for disguising imperfections in walls, so they’re perfect for bedrooms and living rooms. What better example is there than the Surin bamboo texture wallpaper, which instantly transforms any space into a calm and balanced environment.
Design: Surin Wallpaper
7. Make a Feature of Your Bath
If you have a bath, then why not use it as an opportunity to show off your textured wallpaper? This is a great way to add interest to the room and make the bath the focal point. Just be sure to choose a design that compliments the rest of your decor and can be used as a bathroom wallpaper. Snowfall in Spring is the perfect texture design wallpaper for this styling idea: the blue and white abstract dashes are fresh and energising.
Design: Snowfall in Spring Wallpaper
8. Use it in Small Spaces
Textured wallpaper can be a great way to add interest to small spaces like corridors, hallways and stairwells. By choosing a bold design, you’ll really make the most of these areas and inject some personality into your home. Just be sure not to go too overboard, as you don’t want the space to feel cramped – that’s where Oh La La comes in. This incredible abstract texture wall mural was created by layering and scraping back paint, creating a design that never stops rewarding.
Design: Oh La La Sand wall mural
9. Introduce Pattern
If you love patterned wallpaper but are afraid of it being too overwhelming, then textured designs are a great compromise. They offer all the visual interest of a busy pattern, but with a more subtle and subdued effect. This makes them perfect for creating an eye-catching feature wall. For instance, this stunning design is called Jungle of Detail II and it features a subtle swirl of lines that recall snakeskin, creating a beautiful texture affect as a backdrop to the glamorous green velvet sofa.
Design: Jungle Of Detail II Wallpaper
10. Go for Glamour
Textured wallpaper is the perfect way to add a touch of glamour to your home. Whether you opt for a shimmering design or something with luxurious raised detailing, it will instantly elevate any space. So if you’re looking to create a sophisticated and stylish feel, then go for textured wallpaper! A design such as Caraval is ideal for this: it’s a luxurious textured gold wallpaper that works well in all kinds of spaces: in this case lifting the clean aesthetic of a modern hallway to be something a little more fabulous!
Design: Caraval Wallpaper
11. Dial up the contrast
Texture design wallpaper can be subtle – or it can be dramatic with the right styling. A fresh white Scandinavian style interior design scheme might normally be matched with a subtle wallpaper or even a plain paint. But by matching it with the Pattaya bamboo texture wallpaper, the space becomes much more dramatic. When styling like this, find ways to coordinate between the furnishings and the texture wallpaper: in this case the teak wood of the chair perfectly coordinates with the wallpaper.
Design: Pattaya Wallpaper
Now that you know some of the best ways to style with textured wallpaper, it’s time to start shopping for your perfect design. Just remember to take your time and choose something that complements the rest of your decor. With a little bit of planning, you can create a truly stunning space!
Nordic interiors start-up Feathr is The Home of Artisan Wallpaper. Feathr provides a marketplace for artists to monetise their artworks as wallpapers, wall murals and fabrics, with a growing collection of 1,300 artworks ready to use. Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland since 2015, Feathr has been a constant innovator in the interiors sector: pioneering digital printing, just-in-time production, artificial intelligence services and metaverse experiences. Feathr wallpapers and fabrics are sold worldwide and printed on demand in France, the UK and the Netherlands.