Trend or Timeless. Here’s what we have to say on the most popular wall treatment styles.
First, keep in mind if you love it that’s all that matters. Home should be a reflection of you and your style not what’s trending, or even timeless if that doesn’t fit you.
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BOARD AND BATTEN
It’s been around for a long time. And it isn’t going anywhere. There are great ways to turn it up a notch. Like floor to ceiling designs. Adding it with a moody paint color or warmth with a nice putty beige. The design options with the layout are endless. It can feel traditional in the design or pack a punch with a little color. It’s all in the overall space’s presentation how this wall treatment will feel.
PICTURE MOULDING/BOX TRIM
Picture moulding or box trim is exactly what it’s called. A thin trim moulding nailed up in a box pattern. There’s no one way to create this look just like Board and Batten. You can create large double squares, rectangles running the entire wall, there’s so many options. It can be applied for a traditional look or lend contemporary. Again, there’s so many options with this one to make it your own and have a timeless space or create a trendy vibe. Regardless, it adds so much character and charm to an otherwise lackluster room.
Personally, we say shiplap is timeless when done right. Don’t get me wrong we currently have faux shiplap in our home. BUT I think it looks timeless where it would naturally be. The real deal. You’re more likely to find real shiplap in old true farmhouses, on the coast, and in Southern homes. For me, the faux shiplap especially horizontal looks tired. There are ways to make it pop again and feel fresh and new.
Love the look of shiplap but want to make it trendier vs. the tired look? Try painting it a moody color. Mood is in. If you like taupe muddy colors, black, dark gray, greens or blues, this is a great way to add a little oomph. Also, just by turning the direction it instantly feels more modern. Try out vertical planking for a classic look that feels fresh! Another idea- think outside the box, take shipalp to the ceiling! This fun addition to the fifth wall adds so much character, texture, and creates an entirely different look for a space.
ROMAN CLAY / LIMEWASH PAINT
My favorite wall treatment of all. I’m dying to use in my own home and have loved using in a client’s design recently.
Prepare to be taken to a European villa. Romany Clay is a plaster finish meant for smooth walls giving it movement like stone, stucco, or marble effects. Super versatile and can lend a traditional or contemporary vibe.
It really gives that organic textural element to a space we absolutely love! The lighter colors seem to be a little more subtle in the movement whereas the darker colors really have that dimension.
Similar to last year we’re seeing a lot of entire wall tile applications. We’ll be trying our hand at this in our kitchen renovation soon! Also, continuing the look of large slab backsplashes and wall treatments in the kitchen. We love the look! A fresh take on a truly organic vibe. We love a deep tonal veining marble up the wall in the kitchen. Or a dark soapstone backsplash. Another fun twist to this iteration is a curved backsplash in a bath out of soapstone or marble. It creates movement, dimension, and feels high end!
Wallpaper is making a comeback. Gone are the days of boring walls when there’s every single print imaginable. If you love color or neutrals, there’s a pattern or print out there for you. Also, there’s wallpapers with added texture like grasscloth that create so much dimension on the wall. Love the whimsy feel it can add to a child’s bedroom, nursery, or playroom! Even a fun addition in a half bath!
If you have any projects this year, I hope this gives you something to think about at least or a direction forward if it feels right. Never forget you should love where you live! Whether that includes trendy or timeless design elements.