Wall Finishes for Bedrooms

Dear friends, any interior space is composed of some primary

architectural elements such as walls, floor and ceiling.

Depending upon the type of structural framework, the

construction method would change.

We always see experience and perceive any interior space

in elevation. This means that walls are the first things of

any structure that create an impact on our mind. The quality

and volume formed because of the walls define an architectural


When we enter a building, what we primarily and dominantly

perceive are walls. Let’s see how walls can be used as an

excellent element in a bedroom design project.

1) Exposed Brick walls.

In order to use these kind of walls it is necessary to preplan the

interior design schedule. Normally if a brick wall is to

be kept exposed (without plaster), it is built with high quality

bricks which are machine cut for high quality and accuracy.

Since bricks have their own color and texture, this option can

be used to create a color contrast by keeping only one wall

exposed and other with a contrasting color. This can add some

interest in the bedroom.

2) Exposed plaster walls.

An exposed plaster wall is a wall which has not been painted.

These kind of walls are very rarely used in interiors. Since

the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities

of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull

color. A dull color on a space like bedroom would express

a kind of depression, hence is not recommended.

But portions of a wall with preplanned design and sketching can

be used in association with exposed brick wall. Design

pattern with partly colored and partly exposed plaster can be a

good idea.

Or a completely exposed plaster wall with a design patter in grooves

can be used effectively.

3) Wall with tile cladding.

Tile cladding is what we see in kitchen above the cooking

platform. Tile cladding is also used in bathrooms and toilets.

These are normally ceramic tiles.

In a bedroom interesting patterns can be created to fake the

exposed brick wall mentioned above. Many excellent patters

can be used just like a jigsaw puzzle.

4) Paint on walls.

The word painting has two meanings here.

a) A wall with plane colors applied to it. This is done above the

plastered surface of the wall. Two or three coats of the desired

shade of the color and base material are applied.

b)Secondly, instead of using plane colors, the entire wall can

be used as a “canvas” to paint a story or mural. This is a very

good method to paint children bedrooms. Walls can be used as a

storyboard to create interest.

5) Wallpapers.

Applying a wallpaper is an excellent way to quickly change the

look and feel of the bedroom. Depending upon the “theme” of the room

many wallpaper patterns are available.

Wallpapers are very good in large bedrooms. In large bedroom

“emptiness” is a big problem. If there are not enough decorating

elements available, a room might look empty. Here wallpapers can

serve as fillers and quickly add some interest in the room.

6)Textured plaster walls.

These kind of walls need special techniques to create a textured

pattern on walls. Once a texture is applied any shade of

paint can be used.

One of the great thing about these walls is, when sunlight falls on

them, a very interesting play of light and shadows gets created.

Because of the undulations in the surface of the plaster, small

shadows form on the surface of the wall, giving it a visual


A wall in the bedroom which receives direct sunlight should be

chosen for this purpose.

This article shows you how various options to the existing wall

finishes are possible, that can enhance the quality of the

bedroom interior space.

I hope this article was informative to everyone.

Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya

About the author:

Shrinivas Vaidya is the webmaster of Bedroom-Design-And-Decorating-Ideas.com .Here you will find some great concept level design tips for master bedrooms, teen bedrooms and bedroom sets.

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