Add character to your walls

Amrita Prasad
Sunday, 4 February 2018

The otherwise featureless blank walls of a house can be turned into aesthetically appealing art pieces with wall panels

Getting wall-panelling installed in your home is a great idea to turn your simple house into a piece of art. Some of the most common ideas for decorating a home are wallpapers, decorative and textured paints, tiles, posters and paintings, but recently, the trend of installing wall panels has taken over. They are cheaper and durable and also cover ugly spots on your walls as well as hide loose cables and exposed wiring. Depending on your budget and the rest of the décor of your house, you can choose from an array of materials ranging from wood, chipboard panels, medium-density fibreboards, fabrics, PVC panels, and vinyl-covered gypsum boards.

With the number of patterns, colours and textures, wall panels can instantly make your home Instagram-worthy.

“If you really want to uplift the look of your homes, investing in wall panels is a great idea. You don’t need to prepare the walls to install it; you can always opt for a contrast colour from the wall paint to create a statement in one area of your room. A typical wall panel is nothing but adding strips of wood to walls using adhesives, screws or nails and getting it painted according to your taste. However, you can always go for more detailed options if you wish to,” says city-based interior designer Devendra Rawat.

Customisation is a hit when it comes to wall panels and there are many who are going the DIY way too. Says Rawat, “You can choose vertical panels, boxes, circles on the wood or your desired material or a combination of squares and rectangles. Also, there are no hard and fast rules to choose either the thickness or the height of the panels.”

Talking about the kinds of panelling one can do, Rawat says that vertical panelling is his favourite and the most elegant of all.

When asked how can one choose the right size, Divya Ghoshal, another designer from the city, says that it is always good to leave some space vertically from the floor to avoid any damage.

Ghoshal says, “Panelling can also incorporate a useful shelf or handrail, and is a more attractive way of boxing in services, such as plumbing and electrics. It can also be used as an alternative to tiles in bathrooms and kitchens; however if done in wood, it won’t be water-resistant.”

While it looks good, one needs to make the right choice while selecting a panel. Colours are important as they uplift your homes. P, prints and textures like wood and stone look sophisticated. “You can either go for an entire wall cover or only a segment,” adds Ghoshal.

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