Dear friends, any interior space is composed of some primary
architectural elements such as walls, floor and ceiling.
Depending upon the type of structural framework, the
construction method would change.
We always see experience and perceive any interior space
in elevation. This means that walls are the first things of
any structure that create an impact on our mind. The quality
and volume formed because of the walls define an architectural
When we enter a building, what we primarily and dominantly
perceive are walls. Let’s see how walls can be used as an
excellent element in a bedroom design project.
1) Exposed Brick walls.
In order to use these kind of walls it is necessary to preplan the
interior design schedule. Normally if a brick wall is to
be kept exposed (without plaster), it is built with high quality
bricks which are machine cut for high quality and accuracy.
Since bricks have their own color and texture, this option can
be used to create a color contrast by keeping only one wall
exposed and other with a contrasting color. This can add some
interest in the bedroom.
2) Exposed plaster walls.
An exposed plaster wall is a wall which has not been painted.
These kind of walls are very rarely used in interiors. Since
the plaster is a composite material using appropriate qualities
of cement, sand and aggregate, the final material has a dull
color. A dull color on a space like bedroom would express
a kind of depression, hence is not recommended.
But portions of a wall with preplanned design and sketching can
be used in association with exposed brick wall. Design
pattern with partly colored and partly exposed plaster can be a
Or a completely exposed plaster wall with a design patter in grooves
can be used effectively.
3) Wall with tile cladding.
Tile cladding is what we see in kitchen above the cooking
platform. Tile cladding is also used in bathrooms and toilets.
These are normally ceramic tiles.
In a bedroom interesting patterns can be created to fake the
exposed brick wall mentioned above. Many excellent patters
can be used just like a jigsaw puzzle.
The word painting has two meanings here.
a) A wall with plane colors applied to it. This is done above the
plastered surface of the wall. Two or three coats of the desired
shade of the color and base material are applied.
b)Secondly, instead of using plane colors, the entire wall can
be used as a “canvas” to paint a story or mural. This is a very
good method to paint children bedrooms. Walls can be used as a
storyboard to create interest.
Applying a wallpaper is an excellent way to quickly change the
look and feel of the bedroom. Depending upon the “theme” of the room
many wallpaper patterns are available.
Wallpapers are very good in large bedrooms. In large bedroom
“emptiness” is a big problem. If there are not enough decorating
elements available, a room might look empty. Here wallpapers can
serve as fillers and quickly add some interest in the room.
6)Textured plaster walls.
These kind of walls need special techniques to create a textured
pattern on walls. Once a texture is applied any shade of
paint can be used.
One of the great thing about these walls is, when sunlight falls on
them, a very interesting play of light and shadows gets created.
Because of the undulations in the surface of the plaster, small
shadows form on the surface of the wall, giving it a visual
A wall in the bedroom which receives direct sunlight should be
chosen for this purpose.
This article shows you how various options to the existing wall
finishes are possible, that can enhance the quality of the
bedroom interior space.
I hope this article was informative to everyone.
Copyright Shrinivas Vaidya