Not just for framing and covering with ribbons from your teenager’s swim meets, cork sheets can also be used to add a visually textural surface on floors and walls (and these days you can actually find it pre-made as a wall covering).
unique stainless steel puzzle wall covering instead of a kitchen backsplash
In a Connecticut home designed by Miles Redd, a cork wall covering lines the playroom, which contains a Saarinen table by Knoll.
Wood is one of the favorite materials for making anything because it immediately adds luxury and chic at once, it’s naturally textural, which makes it eye-catching, and it brings warmth to the space, whatever color you choose. Various wooden shingles, tiles and panels can turn even the simplest interior into a cool one. You can make an eye-catchy wall yourself covering it with worn window shutters for a shabby chic interior or with reclaimed wood, which works for any interior.
Available in a wide array of gauges and finishes, steel sheets can be fashioned into doors, table toppers, walls, and the like.
dimensional dark cork wall coverings contrast with the whole ivory-colored space
unique wooden honeycomb tiles that are functional and can be used for hanging and holding
While technically unglamorous—it’s a bunch of glued-together sheets of wood veneer—plywood is actually formidable: Each layer is alternated 90 degrees to increase durability, and an odd number of them in total reduces warping. Plus, it looks nice and costs little, and can be a smart choice for designing built-ins and shelving without the price tag of a finer grain.
metal wall coverings with patina imitated to give your space a slightly industrial look
We’ve already told you of 3D wall panels as unique covers for any walls that catch an eye and look amazing. Today I’d like to continue the topic of making plain walls outstanding and super eye-catching but with various unique wall coverings from different materials that will definitely change your space and make it stunning.
reclaimed wood wall gives this space comfiness, warmth and looks textural
wall texture from old drawer-fronts is a unique solution that may be DIYed
Metal is characterized by cool looks and durability – it will stand out for sure. You can find shiny panels and tiles to use in bathrooms and kitchens because there durability and water-resistance is essential. There are also industrial patina metal panels for industrial and rustic interiors, they will make your room super eye-catching. Of course, metal is expensive but that look is worth it!
dimensional and colorful perforated wall coverings to accentuate the space
wooden pieces clad in a cool pattern bring a natural yet modern feel
living moss wall is a real touch of nature inside, and it’s a huge trend right now
A plywood shelf in designer Neal Beckstedt’s office appears to be made of something far fancier.
Living walls are on top! Choose air plants, succulents or moss to create a real living wall, it will be a constant eye-catcher but it requires enough maintenance. You can also cover a wall with dominoes or old book pages yourself, it’s a unique and cheap idea to realize. Get more eye-catching ideas to rock below!
travel maps wall coverings, you can even create your own ones showing your trips
acoustic wood wool tiles can not only soundproof your home but also make a cool and stylish cover
chic bamboo tiles covering a part of the bathroom wall as a mural
Tadelakt mural in shower made according to real Moroccan techniques
dimensional wood wall coverings with any patterns will add a luxury feel to the space
Beckstedt’s room at the Kips Bay Showhouse this year, waxed hearth and all.
dimensional wall coverings will make even a simple interior stand out
While typically pricier than less flashy pipe materials, copper piping still isn’t an exorbitant purchase for small projects (this 10-foot length is about $13, and you can likely acquire it for a much better deal through a contractor or plumber during construction). Once armed with enough of it, you can cut it using this eentsy, easy-to-use device and screw together hanging utensil racks, side tables, even faucets.
pottery shining glaze with a 3D effect for a bathroom or kitchen
If we take fabric wall covers, this is mostly about felt panels, which double as soundproofers. They come in various sizes and shapes, and you can find a lot of colors, too. For more effective soundproofing you can also take wooden tiles covered with felt. Felt has a soft textural look and will definitely add a cozy and soft touch to any space.
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colorful cork puzzle coverings will highlight your walls and interiors and you can create anything of them
And they also make quick work of tables and shelving in a pinch:
glowing ocher-colored porcelain tiles for unique wall statements
For a watery-but-protective finish over any construction-grade plaster, try using wax the way Neal Beckstedt did over the massive, undulating black hearth in his room at the 2017 Kips Bay Showhouse. No paint will get you a glimmering look like that. (The stone he used around the fireplace is tumbled Belgian limestone—proof that high-low always wins.)
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fabric wall covering in the shades of blue for a seaside interior
stunning silver metal wall cover for a bathroom instead of traditional tiles
dimensional and textural wood pieces wall covering is classics for any modern or rustic interior
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Cork is another textural material that brings a cool look and warmth at the same time, it has a lot of colors to fit any space and different shapes of panels and coverings to create what you want. An important advantage of cork is that it’s absolutely affordable and you can create various wall art pieces yourself, while wood can cost you a pretty penny.
In a Manhattan loft by MR Architecture + Décor, the steel-clad fire door and its counterweight pulley system reflect the building’s industrial past.
Poured and paneled concrete might be the more obvious choices, but everyday cinder blocks can also lend a sophisticated industrial effect to walls and floors—just check out Goop’s L.A. offices for proof. The trick is simply to not to coat them in glossy paint, which will look more “’90s high school” than “warehouse chic.”
fish scale ocher-colored cork wall tiles can be used for creating your wall art
Prized primarily for their ability to absorb and remit sound, acoustic tiles are also kind of mod and cool-looking. The team at Float Studio—the go-to designers for start-ups seeking sophisticated office space on a budget—has used it to panel the walls of a few in-office telephone booths, left unpainted for visual impact.
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While perhaps an obvious choice for organizational purposes in, say, the kitchen, a peg board wall can also be used just to add an unexpected touch (especially when painted an edgy color) to other walls. Oversized is especially fun.
use old book pages to create your unique wall covering easily
The interior design world isn’t lacking in options—we’ve perhaps never had better access to a range of raw materials and technologically advanced surfaces—but sometimes the most interesting options are right under our noses. As in, on the shelves at your local hardware store. As proven by some of the best in the business, what are commonly thought of as cheap building materials (plywood, cinder blocks, etc.) can actually be made glamorous if put on display. Below, eight inexpensive raw materials that can transform the look and feel of your interior—for the better.