The Look of Fabric


When you stop to consider the possibilities of how to decorate your walls at a base level, the results are overwhelming. You could paint with a simple method, use a more advanced sponging technique, apply faux painting techniques, and much more. In addition, for each painting style, there are many unique options as subcategories, such as what type of paint, sponge shapes, faux techniques (such as the look of fabric or animal prints), and so many others. It really becomes a lesson in creativity just to narrow down the selection to a more manageable few.

Many people love the look of fabric on the walls, and there are many different ways to use this as a technique. You can choose to sponge a fabric look, use stripes to create a unique fabric-inspired room, or utilize crackle techniques to create an antique fabric décor for a more elegant room. Here are just a few fabrics that can easily be represented in your home through faux painting techniques:


Plaid is a more popular fabric style, as it offers the decorator an opportunity to combine different colors to create a diverse palette for the rest of the room. You can use a two, three, four, or more stripe technique, with a wide variety of color combination’s that work well together and create an interesting look for the room. A plaid faux fabric choice makes sense for any room that needs height or depth, such as the bathroom or dining area.


Sponges can be used to create a soft linen look on the walls, with a variety of more neutral or cool tones. If you are using bright and vibrant colors for accessories, this is a great option for toning things down a bit. This technique works well for any room, but is commonly used in bedrooms and living rooms. Simply use a base color, such as white or a pastel, and then use a sponge to add darker tones and highlights for the linen appearance.


This is another common option for living rooms, although bedrooms can also be beautiful with a faux leather fabric finish. Creating the look of leather on a wall does not have to be tricky, and there are many average Joes and Janes who can offer advice on how to get that look without spending a lot of money or effort on the project. Keep in mind that this technique is commonly used for focal walls, as too much can overwhelm a room.


Another popular technique is a quilted look, with many colors and shades used to create the appearance of quilting squares on the wall. This way, you can bring into play a much wider variety of colors and shades without overpowering the room. Keep in mind that this technique requires a bit more work than most others, as you will need to measure squares and tape them off, measure the next section, and continue until the room is finished, allowing ample drying time for each section.

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