Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing

Decorating the walls affects the interior and the overall look of the room like nothing else. Therefore, you should approach the choice of material not only from “oh how nice it will look” position, but also pay attention to practicality. After all, each room has its own functional areas. Let us look at the most popular option of finishing the walls in the apartment and review their pros, cons and photos. We present to your attention our hot top 7 most popular materials for wall finishing hit-parade with all the necessary additional information.


Wallpaper is perhaps the most popular version of the decor of the room. There are different types of wallpaper, from simple paper to vinyl, or even 3D photo wallpaper. The material is selected depending on the room. For example, in the kitchen is best suited vinyl (washable) wallpaper. It is very convenient, because at any time you can clear the walls of the soot and other dirt. And the bathroom requires choosing of moistureproof wallpaper type, otherwise the material will absorb moisture can get off the surface. And the fungus can appear in addition to all cons. In the kids’ room there are several solutions to the problem: washable and lightweight paper (weights up to 110 g / m3) wall covering. The first option is more expensive and practical. It will be the perfect solution for a variety of “surprises” from the most active members of the family. It’s no secret that kids are resourceful “people”, and you can fix far not all their creativity. You’ll have to renovate the material in a short time. Paper option is cheaper and there is an estimation that once heavily soiled wallpaper can be easily pasted again. But you will have to do it more frequently than with washable wallpaper. The living room will look great with non-woven, liquid, textile, photo, 3D wallpaper.  And one or the other option is chosen depending on the design. All the nuances of wall decoration wallpaper (kinds, photos, description, how to choose, etc.) here.

Nice colorful wallpaper in the classic bedroom Naturalistic pattern of the wallpaper in the light decorated bedroom Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing. Dark blue wallpaper for the contemporary bathroom

Decorative plaster

For most of us the phrase “wall stucco” is associated with aligning surfaces and other rough work. But today, decorative plaster is a great solution for an original decoration of the room. Its technical qualities, properties and appearance of the material are varying depending on the type (acrylic, mineral, silicate, etc.). The advantage is the ability to apply a variety of patterns. Even a few right strokes with a spatula can give the original look of the room. The complexity of applying the material can be considered as the disadvantage. All the secrets of plaster are here.

Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing. A lot of painting and patchwork on the wall of pop styled bedroom Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing. Original design of the clock for the contemporary small kitchen with dark accent wall Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing. Simple texture plaster decorated wall


Tile is moisture, temperature drops and other troubles resistant, so it is best suited for bathroom and kitchen. The disadvantage is the complexity of the processing and its high cost. For example, the tile “cottoforte” would perfectly complement any interior, but not everybody can afford the cost of its laying. Interior of a room depends on the appearance of the material (ceramic, glass, PVC, etc.), each of which has its own characteristics. For more information about tile installation, and other kinds of nuances you can read here.

Top 7 Most Popular Materials for Wall Finishing. Large tile for the finishing of the splashback zone in the kitchen Colorful tiles for the bathroom

Gypsum plasterboard

Drywall finishing is a good option for almost any room.

Absolutely calm and pleasing atmosphere in the bedroom with panoramic windows behind the tulle curtains Contemporary bright design of the bedroom with plasterboard zoning Stone decorated home theater for all the family

Advantages and disadvantages

  • It does not require any preparatory work on the walls entice;
  • conceal wiring, pipes, heaters;
  • experienced master is able to deliver a variety of room bends, drops and other design solutions;
  • fairly quick installation.

Among the most apparent disadvantages we can see following:

  • echoing and hollow wall;
  • weak moisture resistance (but there is a special moisture-proof material). Read more about drywall, click here


Wall panels

Most often, the PVC panels can be found in offices, shopping malls and other commercial establishments. Since the plastic is not natural the material, it is rarely used in the bedroom or living room. But plastic panels will be a great solution for the kitchen or the bathroom, since they have all the necessary qualities. Furthermore, the material is easy to assemble and in case of damage any item can be easily replaced. All of the PVC panels here.

Large loft bedroom Unusual wooden plates for the interior decoration of the classic living room Nice dark toned living room in Modern style with white ceiling

Decorative stone

Decorative stone in the apartment is very expensive. Also you’ll unlikely succeed to apply it on the wall by yourself without the necessary experience, so it is required to refer to specialists. This is perhaps the only negative feature of the material. But otherwise natural, durable stone is able to bring the room originality and to emphasize the status of its hosts.

Stone decorated headboard in the bedroom Stone decorated dining room with transparent glass table Natural stone slabs decorated bedroom with light fixtures


Painting often used for exterior decoration of private house, but it will be also a great solution inside your home. Due to the wide variety of colors, textures and forms, you can give the room a variety of options for decoration. And you can easily turn the apartment into a work of art by using figured roller (or other specialized tools).

Wall painted in gradient of bright colors in the fresh designed bedroom Calmness and tranquility in the living room is slightly dissolved by dark olive accent wall Painting in the bedroom can be in the form of different patterns of wall paint

Pros and cons:

  • ease of operation,
  • low cost of the material opportunities in the decoration of the room,
  • paint emphasizes any defects and irregularities of the walls.

Well, all the secrets of paint are described here.