Getting the Most out of a Home and Garden

3 Alternative Wall Coverings for Your Home

If you're looking for a unique style for your home, you may not want wallpaper or paint like everybody else. Here are three alternative wall coverings that will give your home a unique look. Use them as an all-over covering or create a feature wall; the choice is yours.  


Wooden panelling was popular in the 60s and 70s. If you're not looking to create a retro style for your home, then you may be put off. Don't be--it now comes in a range of styles, many of which are modern, warm and easily installed. The panels usually come with a tongue and groove joining system. You fit staggered battens along your wall and attach the panels to these using the secret nailing technique. If you're on a tight budget, then consider reusing the wood from pallets. You can stain them, or simply use them as is for a rustic look. If you like the look of wood but want something that is more substantial, timber-look tiles are an excellent alternative. They're more commonly used on floors but can look fabulous on walls. They offer a warm wood look with all the benefits of ceramic tiling; they're easy to clean and long lasting.


Fabric as a wall covering is growing in popularity, allowing you to be inventive and unique with your decor. Choices are as wide as the range of material available. Depending on whether you're planning to cover a feature wall or the entire room, you'll need to ensure your piece of fabric is big enough. Hanging options are varied. You can hang fabric on a pole placed at the top of the wall to create a feature.  You can also staple the fabric to the wall with an industrial staple gun. If you want to go for something less permanent and easily removable, then apply the fabric to your wall using liquid starch. It can take more time than the previous two options, but the results are great. You'll need to get somebody to help as it's definitely a two person job. 


There are several options available if you're looking to create metal walls. Like wood-effect tiles, you can get metal-effect tiles that give the same shiny look of metal without the worry about tarnishing and cleaning. Another option is using metal leaf. It comes in a wide range of patterns and colours (the most common being gold and silver) allowing you to create a unique look that suits you.  It's available in square sheets or on a roll, so application is quick and easy. It's applied with a special glue called size. Depending on whether you use real metal leaf or artificial, you may need to varnish the finished wall to avoid tarnishing. If you'd prefer real metal walls, use metal cladding and wall panels. It's usually found in more industrial settings, but if your budget allows, there's no reason not to install it in your home.