How to Use Wall Finishes

By Rebecca Burstein, Jr. Editor


Jill Graves grey wallpaper

Dining room, with wallpaper from Timorous Beasties, London Toile. Image credit: Philip Castleton.


Looking to breathe more life into your living space, starting with the walls? From traditional patterns to photographic library walls, giving any room in your house a total facelift is easier than you might think.


Since there are so many fabulous wallpaper options available today, we asked Toronto-based interior designer Jill Greaves for her tips on how to use them in a space. Below, she shares her expert advice for jazzing up your walls.


Jill Greaves bathroom wallpaper

Powder room, with wallpaper from Sheila Bridges, Harlem Toile. Image credit: Philip Castleton.


Trendy Transition Area

Use pattern and color to create a space from a transition area. This is a great way to open up a powder room or hallway and add visual interest to a tired space; a sophisticated layer of design integrity.


Try Patterned Panels

Wrapped panels are a softer approach to patterned walls than wallpaper and it creates a gorgeous feeling of luxury. The fabric panels also have acoustic properties that make a smaller room feel more intimate and larger rooms feel more quiet and serene.


Jill Greaves living space

Upholstered wall, with fabric  from a Swedish Department Store, Svenskt Tenn. Image credit:Tom Arban; Architect: Boxwood.


Neutral Tones

Use neutral tones to flatter and provide a background for antique furniture, interesting architecture or details.


Use Colours

Add a little bit of life to more simple furniture styles and lines. Use vibrant, eye-catching wallpapers in brighter hues to balance these paired down looks.


Igloogdn Interior

Residential bathroom designed by Igloodgn. Fornasetti designed tiles by Ceramica Bardelli, exclusively available through Igloodgn.


Choose Wisely

Not every piece of furniture or wall covering can be the accent, so choose one and work with it as a feature of the room.

Topics: Decorating, Walls, Art, Colour

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