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Going beyond paints: Creating a unique look for your walls


By using the right materials, you can create beautiful walls that make your home look awesome.


Want to update your home decor without taking up too much of your time and expenses? Why not focus on your walls instead? Giving your walls a makeover could instantly transform the look of your home. Or better yet, you can create a feature wall for every room.

An amazing feature wall is an ideal way to update your room without all the expenses and hassle of an entire room redecoration. Instead of moving your furniture out of the room, you could cover up your belongings with cloth or newspapers.

Feature walls are the star of every room. When you and your guests enter a particular area at home, the first thing that catches the eye would be your feature wall. It could be where the TV is placed in your living room or in the bedroom, where your bed’s headboard is usually positioned against. As for the kitchen, an exquisite backsplash would add character and definition to your entire decor. As you can see, a feature wall stands out from the other walls. Its colours, design and texture could be different from the rest, thus creating a visual impact in your room.

So you can create your dream feature wall or revamp all the walls at home. It is also important to know that there are a variety of materials that you can use in your redecorating project. Besides paint, here are the different approaches to decorating your walls.

1. Venetian plaster

Venetian plaster
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Behold one of the world’s most exquisite wall finishes. During the late 16th century, Venetian plaster was commonly used for wall finishing in Venice, Italy. Its popularity has grown over the past few centuries. Today, there are even more homes and buildings that feature this beautiful wall decor.

Venetian plaster is a finish that consists of finely crushed marble, aged lime and natural pigments. Using a trowel or spatula, it is applied in thin layers on the wall. Then these layers are polished to create a smooth surface that conveys depth and texture.

This material has been known to last for decades. Once it dries, Venetian plaster is finger print and stain-resistant. It is also easy to clean. If you wish to utilise this wall finishing for your home, you will be pleased to know that there are several Malaysian and Singaporean retailers who provide affordable Venetian plaster.

2. Stone Veneer and Cladding

stone veneer
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Natural stones, such as limestone, sandstone, marble, quartzite, granite and slate can be used as stone veneer and cladding for your walls. With so many types of stone available, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a style that suits your taste. These materials can be seen in many interior design projects, because the variety of stones provides designers with an abundance of enchanting colours, textures and shapes to work with.

Your wall decor will also remain beautiful for years to come. As the materials used are made up of natural stones, its colours will not fade with time. There will also be no discolouration.

Interested? A convenient Google search will unveil several local stores where you can order stone veneer and cladding.

3. 3D Wall panel

3d wall panel

These three-dimensional panels are among the newer design concepts in the home decor industry. Produced in textured form with fascinating patterns, they infuse your walls with personality and style. If you are looking to create a tasteful and eye-catching feature wall, 3D panels could be your ideal decorating approach. Combined with suitable lighting, this wall decor can deliver a beautiful ambience.

In addition, a good-quality 3D wall panel is usually coated with a protective covering to enhance its durability. Most of these panels are also waterproof, so they can be installed in your bathrooms and kitchen.

The stores will provide you with different types of panels to choose from. Some of the more popular variants are the Fibre, PVC and Gypsum (also known as plasterboard) panels. To put up 3D panels on the wall, you would need quality wall panel adhesive. You don’t have to worry because the retailer will help you with the installation. Just remember to select the panels that suit your budget.

4. Wallpaper

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By putting up the right wallpaper on your feature wall, you will be adding a refreshing layer of warmth, depth and style to your rooms. It exudes a gorgeous effect that monotone paint simply cannot achieve. Besides looking exquisite, wallpaper is also renowned for its durability. Unlike paint, most modern wallpaper can last up to 15 years. With paint, you will have to apply a new coat every 5 to 7 years. So despite the higher installation cost, using wallpaper would prove to be more cost-saving in the long term as it lasts longer than paint.

You can purchase rolls of wallpaper from online retailers as well as brick-and-mortar stores around Malaysia and Singapore. Most of these retailers also offer installation services.

5. Laminated timber

modern interior loft with laminated timber
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Every laminated timber wall panel comprises a moisture-resistant bottom layer, a layer of high-density fibreboard and a clear protective resin. This wall decor creates an authentic wood-based look, which gives your room an upscale appeal. You can go for a vintage look with a richly textured wood design, or opt for the sleek modernism of smoother-looking surfaces. Laminated timber can help accentuate your preferred style in a warm and inviting manner.

Besides being moisture-resistant, laminated timber also has a resistance to humidity, impact and stains. Investing in this type of wall decor is a wise choice because laminated timber can last for years. If you are keen to apply this design concept to your walls, kindly contact your local retailers for more details.

So now you are ready to choose the best decorating option for your home. It’s time to turn your walls into a thing of beauty.

READ: Out of the box: Wall art that’s not a framed picture

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