Wall Covering

Wall Coverings Offer a Luxury Touch

To create warmth and texture in a home, think beyond paint and wallpaper.

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When selecting wall coverings for luxury homes, interior designers often turn to an unlikely source: commercial wallcoverings.

“Wallcoverings have historically been used in commercial spaces, but they’re gaining in popularity in luxury homes,” said Kris Mathes, Central Division Manager of D.L. Couch, an ever-growing, multi-regional distributor and converter of commercial wallcovering, fabrics and specialty wall treatments. “Wallcoverings are durable and mask high-traffic areas and don’t require a lot of upkeep. Repainting or replacing wallpaper every few years can add up across the lifetime of a home, so making an investment in wallcoverings can pay off in the long run.”

What makes wallcoverings worth the investment is the rigorous testing process, which includes fire code, scrubability and durability tests. On top of strength and durability, wallcoverings also provide aesthetic benefits that paint and traditional wallpaper just don’t provide.

“Wall coverings serve dual purposes: to protect walls but also to add a warm and textured element to a room. If a room doesn’t have the right layering of textures, throw pillows, drapery, sheers up against these cold, rigid walls, it can create a stark appearance. Wall coverings can make an impactful statement and warm up a space instantly. Plus, homeowners can save on wall art and swap it out regularly as they see fit.”

Homeowners often don’t think of wallcoverings as an option, but over the past few years, interior designers have added wallcoverings to their arsenals as an investment into the long-term aesthetics and durability of a home.

Mathes is seeing a few recent trends emerging in wallcoverings. “The rugged and weathered look is really in right now. Wallcoverings can provide the illusion of natural elements in a more cost-effective way than the real thing. Other popular styles are metallic reptile skins and textures and leather.”

She notes that Vanadis, a stone option, has been in demand, and the rich, deep embossing gives the Zambezi style a sophisticated look.

Mathes adds that in Chicago specifically, since it’s dark and gray for about half the year, people tend to use cooler color palettes and deeper, richer textures, like silks. In coastal towns that get bright light year-round, a lighter, airy aesthetic is popular using natural colors in linen and burlap. In the South, warmer tones like mustards, burgundies and rusts are trending. In the future, Mathes predicts that matte looks, linear large-scale geometrics and wood interpretations will rise in popularity.

When upgrading a home, it’s important to consider options beyond traditional paint and wallpaper and consider making a lasting investment in wallcoverings.