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Which Wall and Floor Textures Should You Choose?

23 Dec 2016

Renovation Essentials

Have you ever looked at a room and feel like something is missing, but can’t put your finger on the exact reason? Perhaps you’ve tried adding colours, decorations and furniture to your space, but here’s a new idea. Your walls and floors are the basic centerpieces of your home, so why not make the most of them by by applying texture? Read on for pros and cons that can help you evaluate your preferences and consider your options before making a decision.

Smooth Wall Textures

Smooth walls exude clean, airy minimalist vibes and are easier to paint, clean and repaint, ultimately making it a more time- and cost-friendly choice. Highly-versatile, they complement a wide variety of furniture. However, it’s because of this simplicity takes away room for creativity. This can be resolved though, as possibilities are boundless when it comes to dressing up your walls.


HDB @ Simei by Posh Living Interior Design Pte Ltd

Textured Walls

Textured walls can add drama and personality to your home – if you’re a fan of individuality, you’ll love it, because you can make your wall unique.

As an interior designer from Dezign Culture asserts, “Textured walls create dimension and variety for plain walls, as well as cover imperfections of uneven walls.”

Some types of textured walls tiled, sanded-down or wallpapered. However, they have to be done well for an “intentional look”, or it may end up looking like a botched paint job. Do bear in mind that a rough texture will be cumbersome and expensive to get rid of, should you change your taste, or if the next homeowner prefers a smooth wall finishing. One way to resolve this is to go for light texturing instead of scraping cement off your walls – texturing can be done with painting techniques such as painting with sand, sponges, combs and more.


HDB BTO 4 Room – Punggol Emerald by Stylerider Pte Ltd

Smooth Flooring

Likewise with walls, smooth floors – for example, marble, tiles, hardwood and laminate flooring are easier to clean, maintain, and if necessary, spruce up by re-polishing. Besides being long-lasting, they are also good for people who prefer impeccably glazed and glossy surfaces.

According to Nick Pang from Ace Space Design Pte Ltd, modern and classic designs can be achieved with a glossy finish.

However, smooth flooring tend to be more slippery when wet, so extra care has to be given when cleaning the home, especially when there are children and elderly around.


Adora Green 4-Room by Dap Atelier

Textured Floors

Textured floors are aesthetically pleasing – and you can achieve a pretty Scandinavian or country design by using wooden flooring, says Nick. It can also be a pleasure to step on. Textured flooring is generally more slip-proof as well, so safety is a plus in this area. However, the irregular slates can lead to hassle in cleaning in the long-term, as dirt and dust accumulate in the grouts and crevices. With textured floors, cleaning will take more effort than just mopping, sweeping and vacuuming, so you will probably have to do quite a bit of scrubbing to keep your floor sparkling clean.

As Anne Chua from Cad Associates ID Pte Ltd explains, “Flooring occupies almost 50% of the entire house. Therefore, a matching floor finishing is definitely important if you want your concept to be perfect. Different textures define different ambiance and themes. For instance, if you are looking at something cosy like a resort and warm concept, flooring with wood texture or warm colour will carry the concept well, otherwise, you can opt for a cool or plain texture to create a more modern look.


HDB Standard 5-Room BTO by The LOCAL INN.Terior

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