Design Trend: Rough Patches

Embellished walls are big right now. Flipping through magazines and catalogs, or browsing the Web, you'll see lots of rooms featuring wallpaper, murals or wood paneling. Lately I'm loving distressed, worn walls that add texture and interest to rooms. It's automatic atmosphere that translates nicely across a variety of styles.

  1. This Berlin kitchen's unfinished look works well with its overall industrial, stripped down vibe.
  2. In contrast to the structured modern sofa, the walls in this Amsterdam home look unstudied and soft.
  3. This Abigail Edwards-styled shot for Homesense reads unpretentious and eclectic.
  4. This bedroom, fresh from Ikea's 2013 Spring catalog, is all about dreamy, bohemian romance.
  5. While others might quickly patch and paint, John Derian went to great lengths to save these walls, preserving house's patina, character, and history.
  6. Even kids' rooms are getting in on the action, like this one from Ferm Living.
Even if you don't live in a decaying English cottage, worn walls are still possible. Here are a couple of ways to get this look:
  1. Mr. Perswall's Dusty Patina wallpaper. 
  2. Emilia over at Reclaimed Home shows you her technique for making the new look old again.
What do you think about this look? Could you live with it?

(Images: as linked above)