Different Types of Wall Finishes | Architectural Design

Different types of Wall Finishes and its application

In our previous article “Various Types of Wall Finishes“, we listed various Wall Finishes and discussed their applications. In this article, we will continue with our study of various other Wall Finishes.

Here is the list of the Wall Finishes for decorating the Interiors and Exteriors:

  1. Stained Glass Finish
  2. Pebbles Finish
  3. Flakes Finish
  4. Coral Finish
  5. Canfor Finish
  6. Tile Cladding
  7. Wood Panelling
  8. Sand Textured Finish

Stained Glass Finish

It involves lot of creative work. The glass is decorated with itching, frosting, glass pasting and finally colouring with suitable colours according to the theme. The stained glass panels are used on walls and ceilings.

Stained Glass Finish | Wall Finishes

Stained Glass Finish | Wall Finishes

Pebbles Finish

This a very simple and attractive finish obtained by pasting small pebbles on the walls with cement mortar as an adhesive.

Pebbles finish is usually preferred for exterior facade. It is also commonly used to give nice flowing effect to the waterfalls that are created especially designed for Hotel Interiors or as a part of Exterior Landscaping.

Pebbles Finish | Wall Finishes

Pebbles Finish | Wall Finishes

Flakes Finish

It is a special material used to enhance the elevation treatment of the building. It is majorly used for the exterior facade. It has also been used for the interiors but to a very small extent. Application of flakes finish is avoided in the interiors because chipping off of flakes is a trouble.

The flakes are applied with a trovel on walls over a coat of adhesive.

Flakes Finish

Flakes Finish | Wall Finishes

Coral Finish

Coral finish is similar to Plaster of Paris Finish and Gypsum Plaster Finish. Coral is the name of a type of plastering material. It gives a rough edgy finish.

Coral Finish

Coral Finish | Wall Finishes

Canfor Finish

Canfor finish is also known as Faux finish. This material is used for the interiors of residences. It adds a unique aesthetic appeal to the place. It comes in 6mm thickness and in different designs.

This finish is chosen when a false finish is to be given. It gives a stone wall or brick wall effect.

Canfor Finish or Faux Finish

Canfor Finish or Faux Finish | Wall Finishes

Tile Cladding

Different tiles, for example, granite, marble, glazed tiles or vitrified tiles are used for tile cladding. Tiles are available in a variety of colours and shapes. The selection of tiles depends on the place where it is to be applied i.e. interior facade or exterior facade.

Tile Cladding

Tile Cladding | Wall Finishes

Wood Panelling

It is a decorative treatment done with wooden panels on the walls in various designs. The material used can be plywood or wood covered with veneer or laminate.

Wood Panelling

Wood Panelling | Wall Finishes

Sand Textured Finish

Sand Textured finish is used to give fine texture to the wall. This wall finish is not very commonly used because of its grains coming out.

Sand Textured Finish

Sand Textured Finish | Wall Finishes

The range of wall finishes could be used to achieve desired effects. The aesthetic appearance of the interiors and the exteriors could be enhanced by the use of these finishes appropriately.


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  1. #1 by V.K.Aggarwal on April 1, 2011 - 7:46 pm

    I am an architect/interior design consultant and am looking for some elegant wall claddings for interiors preferably glass on internal walls & even other fine & different claddings can also be considered.Please reply along with the best rates.

  2. #2 by V.K.Aggarwal on April 1, 2011 - 7:48 pm

    I have liked some of your claddings but would be interested in the costing part of it so that I can work out the feasibility of applying on my projects.

  3. #3 by V.K.Aggarwal on April 1, 2011 - 7:59 pm

    I have liked some of your claddings specially the satin glass one but would be interested in the costing part of it so that I can work out the feasibility of applying on my projects.

  4. #4 by N.Tejobhishek on December 6, 2011 - 4:09 am

    i need to know about various typesof wall finishing

  5. #5 by Abdulai ibrahim on September 16, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Most of your answers are straight to the point and i like that.

  6. #6 by R.O.Bello on November 19, 2012 - 4:23 am

    i like to know more about the major advantages of pebbledash finish over external wall with cement mortal plaster.

  7. #7 by G.RAJAGOPAL on December 25, 2013 - 3:21 am

    I like to know how much cost/sq.ft. for tile cladding for wall.
    ref. model photo shown with Classic designer middle portion with Red and Ivory color tile.

  8. #8 by zainab Muhammad on March 3, 2015 - 7:21 pm

    please, I would like you to give me a briefing on sustainable wall finishes , examples and their availabity

  9. #9 by aliyu halilu on June 21, 2015 - 3:11 am

    sir i want to kwon more on canfor finishing eg material that are used and the full method of application tank u sir

  10. #10 by Daniel on May 22, 2016 - 3:21 pm

    Please can this page be sent to me throw my email address. I need to learn more about exterior/interior wall finishing and painting. Thanks.

    • #11 by BenzuJK on June 23, 2016 - 7:39 pm

      Hello Daniel,
      You can always come back and refer directly from the site. I have subscribed you to the list so you will now receive the latest articles via email.

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