Textured wall ideas for your bedroom

Want to add interest to your bedroom? Enter: textured walls. Think limewash paint, wood panelling and more…

Having different textures in the bedroom helps create a warm and inviting feeling. With this trend on the rise, I even tried out the DIY textured wall art, to add a bit of intrigue to my bare, white walls. And let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks.

From real or faux concrete and limewash paint to fluting and exposed bricks, there are plenty of options to choose from. Let’s take a look…

Limewash walls

One modern way of adding texture to your walls is through paint. Limewashing is a painting technique that offers a cloudy or mottled finish on your walls. And while traditional methods used lime putty, these days you can achieve a similar look using microcement, tadelakt or by dabbing your favourite shade of paint on with a wet sponge.

Not only is this look practical, it’s also gorgeous in its simplicity. And, even though it doesn’t draw too much attention, it can simply elevate any wall.

chalk wash paint
Feature wall in Terre Vert Chalk Wash, £23.50 for 750ml, and walls in Pullman Green, £45 for 2.5 litres, Craig & Rose.
Pink limewash bedroom textured walls
Antoinette and Old-White, £55.95 for 2.5 litres of Chalk Paint, Annie Sloan.

Concrete-inspired walls

Do you love the look of concrete or microcement but don’t have much time, or budget, to spend on a project? Fear not – there is a clever way of getting the look. Say hello to concrete-effect wallpaper. The latest designs can help you recreate the look without breaking the bank.

The easiest way to introduce concrete-effect wallpaper in your bedroom is to go for an industrial-style scheme. Pair it with reclaimed materials, black accents and statement hardware.

Or why not match your bold wallpaper with modern furniture, sumptuous materials and polished metallic accents for a sophisticated look?

Rustic palette bed with pink concrete walls.
Pale pink concrete mural, price on application, Wallsauce.com.
Limewash textured walls
Marseille subtle stone-effect wallpaper mural, £32 per sq m, Bobbi Beck.

Wall panelling

From traditional wall panelling to modern geometric designs, you are all set to find a technique to match your taste and style. Wall panelling is versatile. For example, you can  either go full-height, on half the wall, or create a statement feature. Plus, you can easily paint it to match the rest of your walls and achieve a cosy and warm feeling – time to get creative.

For more on wall panelling, click here to explore our easy 8-step guide

wall panelling
Romsey armchair and footstool in Blue Bloom Chenille, £2589, Bridgman.
geometric fabric
Geometrica fabric in Mandarin, from £27, Iliv.
roller blinds in bedroom
Cocoi Lupin roller blinds, from £27.99, English Blinds.
wooden bed in neutral scheme
Flapper bed, £1295, Loaf.


Fluting is everywhere at the moment – from kitchen islands to brassware. However, there’s a stylish way of adding fluting to your bedroom. Why not use fluted panels to replace the headboard and create a feature wall? This design trick can come with sound proofing benefits – if you, like me, live in a block of flats, the extra barrier can be very helpful for ensuring you get a restful night’s sleep.

wood wall panelling
Acupanel rustic walnut acoustic wood wall panels, £159.99, The Wood Veneer Hub.
Trepanel walnut acoustic wood panel, £99.95, Walls And Floors.
wood panelling
SlatWall Midi panel in Walnut, £74.99, Naturewall.

Exposed brick

When I think of exposed brick, I picture an industrial-style New York loft. Hands up – do you love this aesthetic? Well, if you’re not planning a renovation anytime soon, you can still nail the look. Opt for rustic, brick-effect tiles and choose contrasting grout to add dimension. Sorted!

Wardrobe with exposed brick
Glide sliding wardrobes, from £5100, Symphony.
Brick wall in bedroom
Manhattan bedroom, from £2000, Sharps.

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