The best way to spruce up your walls is with beautiful wall coverings. Various wall coverings are becoming increasingly popular and come in various types and styles. With that, they are also made of all types of different materials. Simply put, wall coverings are used to cover a certain wall for utilitarian purposes or, more commonly, for decorative purposes. Your choice of wall coverings for your room will vastly affect your room’s design and function, which is why you should consider a few things before making your choice. You can follow the guidelines below to ensure you pick the best wall covering.

Budget, Budget, Budget

Wall treatments come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Because of this, it’s easy to spend anywhere from a small amount of money to thousands of dollars on the perfect wall covering. If you are looking to buy a wall covering for your home, you should determine how much you are willing to spend or can afford to spend before starting your shopping process.

Consider Your Room’s Purpose

Before purchasing a wall covering, you should consider all aspects of your room. You want the wall coverings to blend well with the existing style of the room and also be ideal for the space functionally. Walls in a high traffic area need more upkeep. For example, light swatches on a high traffic wall tend to show more fingerprints, and dining room walls might receive more furniture scratches from chair backs. Clean treatments are most preferred for walls that tend to have a lot of action.

Wall Covering Options are Endless

As mentioned earlier, there are many different wall coverings, and you should choose the right cover that suits your décor, budget, and room’s functionality.

The least expensive wall covering is something you might not consider at first. Paint. It’s available in a variety of finishes—such as satin, matte, high gloss, and semi-gloss—and in almost any color you could dream up. There is even paint for easy clean-up, ideal for high-traffic areas and homes with little ones. Paint is also a great way to create all sorts of decorative finishes on your walls. These finishes are called faux finishes, and you can use this technique to create faux leather, faux stone, or even faux marble.

Wallpaper is the next wall covering on our list. Wallpaper is actually coming back in style. With so many modern, unique, and even aero descent prints they have nowdays, wallpaper does not mean a cheap look. The best part about wallpaper is the easy ability to clean it and it’s ability to cover flaws in the wall. This mid-priced wall covering option comes in wide varieties of designs, patterns, colors, and textures, so it shouldn’t be difficult to find one that fits the style of your room.

For a hard wall covering, good ol tile is a great option. Tiles are easy to clean as well because of the slick, waterproof surface. Grout is the only thing to consider in areas receiving splashes such as the kitchen and water such as in the tub as it can both stain and hold moisture leading to mold growth. On the upside, tiles come in a large array of materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic, and granite. There are also all sorts of fun new shapes and patterns of tiles available to give you any look your going for from a sleek and modern design to old and rustic. On the downside, tiles are typically more expensive because it takes more to cover the surface of your wall and will most likely require someone else to install them.

Our favorite wall covering option is of course faux wall panels. They are easy to install and therefore a great DIY project. They are also affordable and come in several options such as wood, brick, stone, and even bamboo. They are also very durable and resistant to high traffic, as they can be easily cleaned with water and a rag to remove any spills or fingerprints.