Five Surface Treatments for the Fearless: Beyond Paint & Wallpaper

26. March 2014

In some of my previous posts I’ve talked about the two most common ways to enhance walls – using paint (see the posts on Painting 101: Part 1, Part 2 & Part 3) and wallpaper (see To Wallpaper or Not to Wallpaper?)

Continuing the conversation, here are 5 alternatives for those special applications where a 2-dimensional color/pattern just won’t do. All of these options are available in the US and can be used for both residential and commercial applications:

1. Paperforms – 3D Wallpaper Tiles

These beautiful modular tiles are made of 100% pre and post consumer waste paper and come in 12″ squares. Installation Instructions can be found here and are as easy as using double sided tape for temporary installations or wallpaper paste for more permanent ones. Because it comes in modules, damaged tiles are easily replaceable without waste.


2. 3-form Profile Panels
Profile is a modular system which gives you the flexibility of selecting 4’x8′ panels or individual tiles. 14 patterns and 18 different finishes are available making it suitable for a variety of applications.
3. Offecct Soundwave Acoustic Panels
These gorgeous lightweight sound absorbing panels are made of recycled moulded polyester fibre and come in 24″ squares. The product is available in the United States and is manufactured in Sweden.
Soundwave panel swell
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4. Unika Vaev Ecoustic Panels
These felt acoustic panels are tackable and come in a variety of thicknesses depending on the sound absorption requirements of the space. The panels are available in some amazing geometric patterns and sizes of 8′-11″ x 3′-11″.
5. Wall Art by Submaterial
Submaterial is a New Mexico based company which handcrafts some unique felt wall coverings as well as wall hangings both of which offer great textural quality.




So what do you guys think of these bold choices for your walls? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Nina Ketels

    Super! Is this also available in Europe?

    • Charu Gureja

      Hi Nina, the Offecct Panels and Unika Vaev are available in Europe. I’m not sure about the others.

    • Nina Ketels

      Thank you Charu!

  • Praerna

    Love love love these!! Sadly, none of this is available for us, so we have to settle for plain ol’ paint :) Now that the basic coats are done, I am totally going to get down to the “stamping” and stencils that we spoke about earlier 😛

    • Charu Gureja

      Glad you like these, I’ll keep a look out for similar stuff in India and let you know. I’m so excited to hear about your stamping/stencil adventures…keep me posted!

  • Serviced Apartments Resident

    These are such intriguing textures, I can imagine if I had them in my house I would be constantly stroking my walls!

  • Mamta Bajaj

    I read your Article on Wall paints also, must say these suggestions are really great for anyone who is designing his house.
    These 3D walls look totally cool. We have used them in the houses of some of our clients they look really great.

    Mamta Bajaj
    Interior Designer

  • Mukesh

    HI Looks very nice, Do you have any programme for UK?

  • monnaie

    Good wallpaper designs!

  • School Of Design Kochi

    Superb designs…Superb post. Thanks for sharing.

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