From Dull to Delightful: Transforming Your Walls With Felt Art

29 September 2023 |
 Blog | News

According to one recent survey, 85% of Americans believe their homes are in “dire need” of some major revamping. As a result, they plan to tackle at least three rooms over the next six months, with 49% setting their sights on the living room.

As you look around your own home, are you feeling a little uninspired? While we love framed prints, gallery walls, and mirrors, there’s another option that can transform your space in seconds: felt wall art.

Featuring natural fibers in an array of eye-catching designs and colors, this unique type of display is the ideal way to add texture and interest to any room. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this approach, and sharing some favorites from our Submaterial wall art collection.

What Is Felt Wall Art?

Before diving into all the different ways it can accent your home, let’s take a step back. What is felt wall art, anyway?

As its name implies, this is a beautiful type of art made completely from soft, texture-rich 100% Merino wool felt. Our skilled artisans can transform this material into an almost endless range of patterns and motifs designed to turn any wall in your home into a conversation starter.

The wall art panels can be sleek and low profile in nature, or you can incorporate 3D elements to bring more visual dimension to each piece. If you have a vision for the way you want your wall to look, our team can turn it into a stunning reality.

As an artistic medium, felt is one of the oldest and most treasured man-made textiles. Not only is this material naturally renewable and biodegradable, but it’s also moisture-resistant and self-extinguishing.

At Submaterial, we use Filzfelt products to make all our felt wall art panels. These are German-milled, 100% wool-manufactured products, made of exclusive Merino wool sourced from New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. The felt is also free of unpleasant elements that you wouldn’t want in or around your home, including:

In addition, our 100% wool design felt also contributes to ©LEED certifications in commercial buildings where it’s installed.

Why Choose This Type of Art?

Whether you’re a professional interior designer or a homeowner with a sharp sense of style, you’ve undoubtedly encountered plenty of wall art options! At Submaterial, we provide many different types of art for your home, with an emphasis on color, texture, and form.

In addition to felt wool felt, we create one-of-a-kind pieces using other natural fibers and materials such as cork, leather, metal, and wood. With so many options, you might wonder why felt might be the way to go for you.

Let’s look at some of the reasons our customers love these pieces and the benefits they can bring to your space.

Expert Skill and Craftsmanship

When you invest in a piece of art for your home, you want to ensure it will last forever. It should also represent your unique style and invite others into each space.

Felt wall art is one of the most durable and sturdy accent wall materials available, especially in the hands of our skilled team members. You can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail in every square inch. We make all of our products by hand in our New Mexico studio.

As we do, we inject personality and character into each piece. While we often create our pieces in standard sizes, we always welcome the opportunity to create bespoke pieces in custom dimensions to fit your wall!

Fully Customizable

One of the best parts about our felt wall art? All of our panels are fully customizable!

Whether you want a single colorway or you want to explore the entire spectrum of hues, we can help bring your dream to life. Our felt wall art is available in more than 95 colors. The colorway seen in the product specification sheet is just one option, use it for inspiration to imagine your ideal colors.

If you’re unsure which colors would look best in your home, start by looking around your living room, bedroom, or any other special spots in your house. Take note of the accent colors and paint colors you have on your walls. Then, think about the tones you want to add to your space with your felt artwork.

From cool-toned blues and greens to warm, soothing reds and yellows, there’s no end to the ways our artists can combine colors to create truly spectacular heirloom pieces you’ll love to walk by every day.

Take our Horizon Wall Panel, for instance. We can render this panel in either a dark or light concentration, depending on your personal preference and the colors in your home. The nuanced, subtle changes in elevation add even more interest to the bold felt faces.

Acoustic Dampening

Another unexpected benefit of wool felt is that it’s naturally acoustic dampening! If you have a space in your home that tends to be louder and busier than others, this is a great way to slightly soften the sound. In addition to all of its other incredible features, wool is also well-known for the thermal and acoustic insulation it provides.

In addition to our smaller-scale residential designs, we offer commercial felt wall coverings that are scaled up to cover entire rooms. These are ideal for offices, conference rooms, and other areas around a home or workplace where noise pollution could hinder productivity.

Unique Textures and Patterns

When it comes to wall art, there are certain types of 2D scenes and landscapes that seem to be everywhere. While these are lovely in their own right, they do little to showcase the singular personality of each homeowner.

Your house is as individual as you, and you deserve to cover your walls in pieces that pay homage to your exclusive style. Most felt wall art has a deeply textured surface that naturally invites intrigue. In addition, the pieces are also woven into engaging, eye-catching patterns that add a touch of warmth and visual focus to any room.

A beautiful example is our Diade No. 5 Panel, which showcases a richly detailed pattern of straight lines and soft curves made entirely of thick wool felt.

No matter which panel you choose, all our materials are super touchable, fabricated with just the right amount of volume to allow light and shadows to bounce playfully around each piece. This creates a gorgeous ambiance no matter where you decide to hang yours!

In fact, the natural qualities of felt create slight variations in color, even in two panels made in the same shades. This means you’re sure to have a special piece unlike anything else on the market.

Square dark orange felt panel with straight lines and leaf shape details hung above a gray couch

Simple to Clean and Maintain

When you hang wall art, you don’t want to spend too much time cleaning or maintaining it. You simply want to enjoy it! This is another reason our felt panels are an ideal addition to any home.

For mild cleaning, all you have to do is simply dust your piece with a lint roller or vacuum with a clean, soft brush. If you get deeper spots on the panel, most debris will come out with a little water and mild detergent. We can even recommend chemical stain removers for the most serious spots!

Even if your panel stays clean all year, we suggest giving it a clean once a year. To do so, just go over the entire surface with a light vacuum, using a soft upholstery brush.

Easy to Install

You may be intimidated when you first see how intricate and solid our felt wall art is. After all, hanging art can be a tricky task, even for designers! This is why we’re proud of the fact that our pieces are easy to install.

We use an integrated cleat system that’s built directly into the back of each panel. This makes it easy to position them exactly where you want them with minimal tools, every time.

Discover Our Felt Wall Art Panels Today

If you’re looking for a beautiful piece of unique artwork to spruce up a space, why not start with our stunning felt wall art? Far from one-dimensional and boring, these pieces pop with color and texture that you’ll love to look at and gently touch every day.

Anyone can enjoy and appreciate these pieces, including professional interior designers! If you’re looking for unique pieces to help your projects shine, we can help.

Be sure to join Submaterial’s trade program, which will give you direct access to our sales and design team, a 15% starting discount, and early access to new products. Check it out today!