With really only one expansive wall in the living room, we didn’t want to leave it just white. Our goal was to turn the plain canvas into a subtle, anchoring piece for the other focal points in the room (the couch, the lamp, etc.). To do this, we decided texture, not just color, was key to turn a sterile room cozy.
After toying with the idea of wallpaper and painting techniques, we decided that flatness was no substitute. We found aluminum ceiling tiles online that resembled the tiles inside our favorite coffee shops in SoHo. With just a few coats of white primer finished with a green tea colored, eggshell paint, the white wall transformed into something from the old world.
To complete the wall, we added simple pine shelves cut and measured at the local lumber shop. A simple dark wood stain and a couple of iron brackets later, the wall became a display of knickknacks, books, glasses and the occasional miscellany.