Signature Wall with a Punch

One of my favorite ways to transform a room is with wall finishes. I like to find unique ways to create what I call a signature wall, making that wall the anchor to the design. To do this you need to create contrast through color, texture or shape.


Color impacts a design, but it’s not just changing the color of the wall, you need to take into consideration how the wall is viewed from adjacent spaces and how it will impact all areas.

Bright colored wall by Maurizio Giovanoni.

Design by Maurizio Giovannoni

Bright colored wall as seen from adjacent spaces.

Design by Maurizio Giovannoni


This was an industrial contemporary design I created using concrete for the counter top and counter top legs. The signature wall looks like concrete, but I actually used a porcelain tile due to concrete on the wall application being out of the budget. You can see how important the signature wall is to the integrity of the design, it holds the design together.

Industrial kitchen design by Patricia Davis Brown Designs.

Design by Patricia Davis Brown Designs

The cladded wall of the outdoor atrium gives a horizontal texture, with volcanic stone tiles creating a calming effect, fitting of a zen space.

Atrium with cladded wall design.


The shape of a wall can actually create a visual movement to the room. The bright red Venetian plaster, with the horizontal strip pattern, continues the movement of the wall throughout the space.

Venetian plaster wall

Venetian plaster also uses texture and the bright red color creates an undeniable focus too.

Curved Venetian plastered wall
Red curved Venetian plastered wall.

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and talent offering design tips.