Here’s a new year resolution for homeowners: be adventurous with your home’s design. Set aside the idea of painting your walls white, beige, grey, or greige. Don’t settle for the usual timber floors and ceramic tiles. Think of other flooring materials that you can use. Embrace textured wall or floor finishes; these make a room more dramatic. These add depth and interest to the room as well.
If you want to spruce up the look of your home, try these building materials with highly textured finishes:
For your floors:
Make your living areas and bedrooms extra cozy when you introduce a soft underfoot material like carpet tiles. Use these to cover your old floor that’s either made of hardwood, laminate, tile, or vinyl (hard surface). Never use it to hide an old carpet.
Here's one with a 3D-like design:
Extra tip: If you're working with plain carpet tiles, try to mix and match two or three colours to create a bespoke floor design.
If you need additional soundproofing, stick your carpet on your wall as well. High-performance carpet tiles absorb sound. These keep the neighbour from hearing your conversations and random sounds like your footsteps, the impact of falling objects, and the scraping sound of the furniture you’re moving.
Terrazzo tiles are coloured cement tiles with visible flecks of glass and stone. It’s a classic flooring material. It’s also durable — it withstands hard blows, which is why it’s perfect for indoor and outdoor use. Here’s one we used in the veranda:
Tiles come in different finishes. People usually gravitate towards shiny, polished tiles for indoor use. However, textured and unglazed tiles offer a unique look that you must try. In this kitchen, the designers used rough porcelain tiles. Without the glaze, the tiles look natural and earthy. It’s as rough as sandpaper, but it provides a good grip, making the kitchen floors non-slip.
Having a sultry and burnt orange colour, terracotta tiles ensure that your home is warm and connected to the Earth. These tiles are usually for outdoor use, but there are smoother varieties that you may use indoors. You also need a good sealer to prevent staining.
Concrete is a durable and resilient building material. It’s beautiful even at its raw state. It’s cool to touch, which is wonderful when you live in a country that gets warm during the summer season.
For your walls:
Timber Laminates with defined wooden texture
There are textured timber laminates available in the market today. You can use these to create feature walls in any part of the house, even in the bathroom. If you’re planning to use this in high moisture areas, make sure that there is a tight seam between each plank.
Multi-coloured mosaic tiles
Instead of laying classic subway tiles in your bath, why not try mosaic tiles? Multi-coloured mosaic tiles are an interesting visual. Lay them on your shower to create a wall or use them as vanity splashbacks.
Add pizzazz to your room with a 3D Wallpaper like the living room below. This powerful wall decor created a statement wall. The uneven wall surface forms a play of lights and shadows that attracts the eye.
You never need to lay bricks on top of another inside your home to create an exposed brick wall. Brick veneer is enough to transform your walls into s textured beauty. It’s the most convenient way to have a brick wall inside your home or apartment.
Printed on Gypsum
Thanks to digital printing technology, people now print any natural stone pattern on gypsum boards. The most popular design printed on plasterboards is the grey veining of Calacatta or Carrara marble. When printed on white gypsum board, the final product looks like marble slabs from afar.
Outdoor cladding for indoor use
To create an architectural accent indoors, try to lay outdoor cladding materials on your interior walls. Here, the designer used bluestone cladding to make this hallway lively.