12 Main Interior Wall Design Styles Designers Love

If you are designing a new house or apartment, then you may be wondering how to design the interior walls of your home. There are many different ways to create interesting walls for the interior of your home. This article will focus on the structural wall ideas you can use for your home before you begin to decorate! 

Drywall

The most basic interior wall is simple drywall. It’s also called sheetrock or plasterboard. Drywall is flat and uncomplicated, going from ceiling to floor. Most starter homes and older homes have drywall installed. This is the most simple and affordable wall design which is also quite durable. You can hang paintings and art to decorate the walls and give them some character.

Paint

A simple way to change the look of your walls is to paint them! You can go with the same color on all four walls, or you can paint just one accent wall to make it pop. If you paint your walls, then be sure to leave your ceiling a white color so it can reflect light downwards into the space.

Painting the walls of your home is an art. Most people choose a light or pale color. Bold and dark colors can be distracting and create a gloomy atmosphere inside which you probably want to avoid!

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is another fun way to design and style your walls. You can go with a patterned, textured, or solid-colored wallpaper to make a statement. De Gournay is a luxury wallpaper maker beloved by many elegant interior designers.

Wainscoting

Wainscoting is another term for wall paneling and it can be applied in different forms. This decorative wall design typically covers the bottom one-third of a wall or hallway. It was first introduced in England for practical purposes like insulating a home and preventing water damage. Today, it has evolved into a decorative choice. 

When it comes to wall panels, there are many different ways to use them. Wainscoting comes in different shapes, sizes, designs, and textures. They can add an element of depth to your walls.

Board and Batten

Board and batten is a type of wall decor that utilizes wide, vertical wood strips (boards) in a geometric pattern. These wide wood strips are joined by thinner wood pieces (battens) at the seams. They were often used for outdoor siding on houses, but today you can find them present on many interior walls.

Board and Batten diy design via michealadianedesigns
michealadianedesigns

Beadboard

Beadboard is a style of wood wall paneling created by assembling long, vertical grooves and raised beads separated by an inch or two. The result is a beautiful vertical “striped” wood design on the wall. 

Beadboard via ispydiy
ispydiy

Shiplap

Shiplap is a wood board arrangement that was commonly used when constructing barns and sheds. More recently, it’s become a popular choice for interior wall designs. 

Trim

Trim is a type of millwork typically applied to the edges of a walkway, interior of a window, or door. It adds a little bit of style and decoration to these otherwise bland areas! 

Millwork

Millwork is a general term for the textured wall design that can be applied to either one third of a wall, one half of a wall, or the entire height of the wall. It can give a wall depth and character through use of a recessed or relieved surface.

Millwork via McGee
McGee

Molding

Molding is a thin amount of millwork that is typically applied to the upper edge of a wall, called “crown molding.” It can also be applied to the walls directly to give them relief. 

Built-in Bookshelves

For a practical wall structure, try installing built-in bookshelves where you can store belongings and display personal effects. Built-in bookshelves are commonly found on either side of a living room TV wall or inside a home’s reading nook.

Brick

Brick walls can give your room an industrial look and rustic feel. Some homes and apartments have exposed brick walls which are part of the home’s structure. In this case, you can paint the brick walls of your home to change the look if you don’t like the reddish brown brick color.

Stone

Stone walls are less common outside of English countryside homes, but they do offer a unique appearance. Stone walls add an element of comfort and coziness to homes. They are often found around home fireplaces.


As you can see, there are a ton of ways to make your wall more interesting. That’s just a quick overview of some of the major interior wall decor ideas. We’ll be sure to share more soon!

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