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Around the House: Lots of different products available to create an interesting look

Textured wall surfaces are a current popular trend. Walls adorned with brick, barn board or other textural products bring a sense of warmth and interest to any room. As you can see in the photo, the worn wooden wall treatment behind the bed provides lovely detail.

Textured wall treatments can bring a feeling of history, warmth and visual comfort to a space. Whether you find old barn board that has a history to it or use a man-made stone product, including texture and pattern can dramatically change the look of a plain room.

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Choosing the right wall for the project is key. Too much of a good thing can be a reality so choose carefully. If you have a rectangular living room, consider treating one or both end walls rather than one of the long walls. The head of the bed is a good option, as you can see in the photo, but again, you don’t necessarily have to do the entire width of the wall. As in the photograph, the treatment is centred at the head of the bed and is framed by a charcoal paint colour.

A similar technique can be used to adorn the wall around a fireplace. Depending upon the style of fireplace, a brick-like wall treatment can give the fireplace the focus it deserves. For added drama, take the treatment to the ceiling. If you’re using any brick-like product (and even some woods) choose a wall with the least amount of electrical outlets that would have to be worked around. The final look will be more professional if you can cover a solid surface.

Another, less permanent option is a wall mural, and the graphics available today are wonderful. Something like a full wall of a world map can be great in a den or home office. There are lots of options and sizes available on the Internet so do some research and you’ll be surprised by the choices. Wall murals can also be customized for your specific size needs though the larger you go the pricier it gets. It can run into the high $100s. That’s a little steep but there are ways around this. For example, choose a rectangular design and use one or two panels to hang in place of an actual headboard. (In this case you wouldn’t go to the ceiling as you’re creating a faux headboard.) The options are endless. The murals are sold in single panels that you can multiply to cover the wall, so choosing a technique that uses less panels will be more affordable. The panels are not usually pre-pasted so you’ll have to use wallpaper paste to hang them, but often the murals are sold with paste included in the price.

Textured, paintable wallpaper may be another affordable option. Check out what’s available and decide if it will give you the look you’re after.

Old pallets, wood flooring, reclaimed brick or whatever you can find to use as a focal wall will bring much-needed warmth and texture to your room. The visual impact will be worth the search.

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Connie Oliver is an interior designer from Gimli, Manitoba.

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