If these walls could talk...

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What if your walls could talk? What would they say about you? Would they be a dead give­away of the last time you dec­o­rated your home? There are all sorts of ways to up­date a home or give a much­needed makeover. Some­times we live with wall color or wall tech­nique that im­me­di­ately re­veal when a room was last de­signed, be­cause it was a marked trend dur­ing a spe­cific pe­riod of time. If a wall fin­ish is not quite right, you can move the fur­ni­ture around and around, but the room will never feel right. Walls are what en­ve­lope you and sup­port any in­te­rior de­sign choices you make. This is why it is im­por­tant to con­sider all the pos­si­bil­i­ties be­fore you start.

Mold­ings date back to Ro­man times. Mold­ings were of­ten painted in res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture to build in ar­chi­tec­tural char­ac­ter where there was none. Today, sim­ply in­stalling crown mold­ing, a chair-rail and a sub­stan­tial base­board can change the en­tire char­ac­ter of a plain room to one of op­u­lence.

Wood pan­el­ing is yet an­other form of em­bel­lish­ing and warm­ing a room up. When done in con­junc­tion with book­cases, it can trans­form a room into a li­brary; when painted in white or a pas­tel color, it can evoke a beach house. Wain­scot­ing is also a pop­u­lar to en­hance plain dry­wall into some­thing that looks like a cus­tom job. This pan­el­ing is done on the bot­tom half of a wall, and capped by a chair-rail mold­ing. It is help­ful in scal­ing down rooms with large vol­umes. In some tra­di­tional in­te­ri­ors you may even see wain­scot­ing used from about three­quar­ters of the height of the room, specif­i­cally in in­sti­tu­tional in­te­ri­ors such as churches and gym­na­si­ums for their acous­tic at­tributes.

Paint­ing is the most fun­da­men­tal com­ple­ment to a wall, whether ap­plied sim­ply with a roller to a full wall or with spe­cial­ized tech­niques. Paint can be used to high­light an ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture or can be used to de­lin­eate an area with color block­ing or ac­cent walls. Faux fin­ishes have al­ways been in vogue, but the type of fin­ish can ei­ther make or break your in­te­ri­ors. It’s easy to change the look of your rooms with faux fin­ish tech­niques.

In ad­di­tion, wall cover­ings or wall­pa­per is yet an­other treat­ment to give the walls char­ac­ter and to help shape the in­te­rior style of any project. There is a wide va­ri­ety of wall cov­er­ing based on his­tor­i­cal doc­u­ments, flo­rals, stripes, trel­lises, faux bois, geo­met­ric pat­terns, mu­rals and con­tem­po­rary de­signs based on paint tech­niques. There are also tex­tu­ral wall­pa­pers, which rep­re­sent cork, wood, fab­rics and grass cloth and beaded wall cover­ings wor­thy of the most exquisite ball gowns.

Tech­nol­ogy is mak­ing way into wall cover­ings with il­lu­mi­nated fibers, which can give your walls a light­show.

Fi­nally, the lat­est ad­vance­ments in walls are stone ve­neers. These ve­neers are laser cut and so thin that you can wrap al­most any sur­face, curved or com­plex ge­om­e­try to give the im­pres­sion that they are made of solid stone. The ben­e­fit of these ve­neers as op­posed to us­ing slab ma­te­ri­als is that they are mal­leable to any shape, translu­cent and ul­tra­light.


Joseph Pu­bil­lones

Art of De­sign

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