Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture

Walls can dramatically transform a space, lending a sleek sophistication, or functional soundproofing, depending on the architectural details we add to them.  From fabric coverings and classic wood paneling to striking paint effects and decorative plastering, elevating your walls with details will turn a lackluster interior into a polished space. In this article, Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, Founder and Principal Architect of Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture elaborates on inspiring design ideas to reinvent the walls surrounding you.

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Wainscoting is an elegant way of adding texture and depth to walls. It is a classic technique that has been used for centuries, and it remains popular even today. Raised panel wainscoting is the most formal and elegant, while beadboard wainscoting is more casual and relaxed. To create a contemporary twist on traditional wainscoting, consider using different materials. Rather than wood, metals, glass, or concrete can be used to produce a unique look. Experimenting with shapes and patterns also presents an opportunity to create an exclusive design. For instance, employing geometric shapes or bold stripes injects a contemporary feel into a space. Wainscoting can be applied in various settings, including dining rooms, foyers, and living rooms, to add a touch of sophistication and elegance.

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Wallpapers are a versatile way of adding colour, pattern, and texture to walls. They are available in an endless array of designs, from bold and graphic prints to subtle and delicate textures. Wallpaper is a great option for adding visual interest to a room without making structural changes. It can be used in almost any room, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms, to create a statement wall or an accent piece.

Decorative Paintings

Decorative paintings, such as murals, stencils, and freehand designs, offer a unique and personal touch to walls. Murals are an excellent option for creating a statement piece, while stencils and decals offer a more subtle approach. With decorative painting, one can experiment with color, texture, and patterns to create a personalized look that complements the space. Decorative paintings are suitable for various settings, including children’s rooms, game rooms, and living rooms.

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Paneling is another architectural detail that adds texture and depth to walls. Unlike wainscoting, which covers only the lower part of the wall, paneling covers the entire surface. Paneling comes in several styles, including shiplap, fluted, and raised panels. It can be used in any room to add character and warmth, from the living room to the bedroom. Simple wooden paneling on the walls in different patterns can create an aesthetic statement in any interior space. Mirror panelling has also become popular, especially in compact bedrooms, owing to create an illusion of a large space. Painted paneling, on the other hand, allows us to experiment with various colours to achieve a personalized and unique look.

Mixed Materials

Mixing different materials is an effective way of elevating your walls. For example, combining wood paneling with wallpaper or tile can create a unique and striking look. One can also mix various types of paneling, such as shiplap and fluting, to achieve a layered effect. Mixed materials add depth and visual interest to a room, creating a welcoming and comfortable environment. Mixed materials are suitable for various spaces, including living rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms.

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In conclusion, elevating your walls with architectural details is an effective way of adding depth, texture, and character to a space. From wainscoting to panelling, there are endless opportunities for lending a personalized look to the interiors and creating a unique living environment.


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