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Add textured fabric to walls at home

Are you tired of flat walls? If so, try to add textured fabric to walls in some of your rooms for example.

There is only so much wallpaper of faux finish you can have in a home. Therefore using fabric on walls is a good idea. Plain fabric works especially when you are planning on having a busy room with lots of colors on furniture or colorful artwork. My answer is yes plain fabric works fine.

BUT, you can use a solid color only if it has a texture to the cloth. Something needs to catch your eyes. This is what you need. Otherwise, you may hand up disappointed with the result. Furthermore you will loose completely the fabric effect including your investment too.

Stop and think if you have a budget

The price of a cloths varies depending on the brand name, the nature of the material use from cotton, linen, silk, to blend fibers, and the weaving technique. For any question regarding using 100% silk fabric please do refer to a previous article title silk on walls. Considering that an average room counts around 40 to 50 yards of fabric, and then you will need to add labor cost for installing the fabric. So stop and think about your selection, choose wisely.
A tip for you would be to get a large sample and pin it to the wall until you are sure.

Selection of textured fabrics

Below are some examples of interesting fabrics.

Velvet has a thick and soft surface making a mat and shinny effect. The walls of this library have a deep blue color fabric.

deep blue fabric on walls


Add textured fabric to walls in modern interiors

The next two images are walls in a cotton fabric with an interesting pattern. It is the weave that makes it stand out. The walls are upholstered in a deep beige color and the fabric is a damask weave like large marble effect, giving depth to the fabric. This installation is in a large master bedroom, and the work is still in progress. Other damask fabric has shown after these two.

cotton fabric on walls

fabric installed by a molding

upholstered walls in green damask fabric


In a contemporary interior we installed in a dining room walls a grey fabric. dining room grey fabric wallsSo, the following fabric has a linen glazed finish. So the shinny canvas adds further interest to the fabric. Something is now happening. The light bounces on the walls.


Another material which pick up well the light is a taffeta. In fact it is a rather thin fabric. No special texture effect, but the threads make this fabric shine differently depending upon where you stand in a room. A taffeta is at it’s best in a medium or dark shade.

Small tip for you. Also, look how the fabric reacts to the light in your room. Turn the light on and off.

Additionally, a layer of batting behind the fabric definitively makes a nice cushion on any wall upholstery.

office in a blue taffetas on walls



solid color fabric on walls in master bedroomNext example is also a light grey but a doupion silk on this bedroom wall. I would recommend a much deeper color as the texture is only visible when close to the fabric. So you loose the doupioni effect (horizontal embossed lines) when standing in the middle of the room.

Regarding thin silk fabric, it may require a knit backing. This is one of the very few fabric that needs backing.In doubt, ask a professional if the fabric you have selected is suitable for this purpose. Will it work on the walls? Does it need a backing?

The silk in this room has a backing.

Add textured fabric to walls
Image of the texture on a Doupioni fabric











Home theaters are most likely to be in plain fabric. Usefully a rather dark color is selected compare to any other rooms in a home. The ceiling and walls are both upholstered in a large weaved linen in a taupe shade. This includes the deep crown molding.


Hometheater with plain color fabric walls,


The last image presented today is a bedroom where the panels are upholstered with a suede fabric. Because of the nature of the textile, different shades appears depending on the direction of the short pile. Suede fabric has a look very similar to velvet fabric.

add textured fabric to walls suede



Shopping for upholstery fabric ideas

Today we reviewed only a few types of fabric, suede, velvet, doupioni, damask, taffetas and linen canvas. There are many more in stores. Look at pictures online. Visit the website Houzz which is full of great interiors, browse through to get ideas. Create an account and collect images that you do like. Remember the game is to add textured fabric to walls. Take your time to collect samples too, and hang them on the wall. Sit for a moment in your future upholstered room and look at them day and night.

Get opinion from people around you, your circle of friends, family. After that if you still have no clue, seek for professional advise. First and foremost have fun searching.

Each home has it is own character. The choice of fabric depends upon several factors. First the colors you like and feel comfortable with, the style of your interior, the architecture. Do you have a theme? Do not forget the other elements that will be incorporate in your future space. Whether you considering wallpaper, paint, Venetian plaster or any other finish, the process is still the same.


Just a thought

Let us make a little comparison with clothes shopping. You might think that this task is bigger than choosing a dress or a suit. Pretend that you need to buy for an evening dress; you will not only look for a dress but for proper accessories such as shoes, belt, handbag, and jewelry. So every object selected will go perfectly together, same thinking for your interior. Instead you will dress the walls with upholstery fabric. And there is no timing pressure. If you can manage that, then you will be able to search for fabric for your home. Keep I’m mind to add textured fabric to walls.


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