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Interior Wall Finish

As part of your home renovation or new build design you will need to decide on the type of finish you want on your interior wall surfaces. Many homes use dry wall boards which are then painted. These surfaces are enhanced with cornish, baseboards, etc. However, there are additional options in wall finish which can make a wall more stylish, distinct or can better represent your individual lifestyle or taste. In fact there are so many options to choose from that the decision process can be daunting. The best advice is to have good starting point and then keep to your established budget. We recommend that you start this process by assembling an idea scrapbook of favourite rooms and looks that you have seen. Next, list on paper your likes and dislikes for each room and assemble your final ideas from there. A list of questions that may assist you in this process are:

  • What type of interior wall finish does the room have?
  • Does the room invite you to come in, or does it push you away?
  • How does the room make you feel?
  • What is it that you like about the color?
  • What type of material does the wall surface have? Is it smooth or textured, real or faux?
  • Today, there are a variety of different materials available to finish your walls, your options are only as limited as your imagination. If a particular look is outside of your budget, consider the popular faux paint technique or plastered wall effect as an alternative.

    The following are some of the choices available to consider for your interior wall finish.

    Brick or Stone - Solid or veneers, both make a beautiful interior wall finish, but must be installed properly in order to last. Depending on the materials used, structural reinforcement may be required. The benefit of this wall type is that it is low maintenance and would not require any additional wall finish. A brick or stone clad hall or entrance area can have a dramatic and stylish effect.

    Tile - Comes is available in either porcelain, ceramic, terra-cotta, stones including marble, granite and limestone, metals, glass, and more. These finishes can look lavish. There is just about as wide of price range for tiles as there is different designs available on the market. A tiled hall or entrance area can have a dramatic and stylish effect.

    Dry Wall - From flat, standard sheet rock to architectural pre-fabricated and tiled walls, the look and feel of your space will in part be decided by the interior walls. Dry wall can be painted in any colour and can be enhanced by installing wainscot, vertical reveals, cornish and baseboards.

    Paint - Is available in all types of colours and it even comes textured. There two basic types of paints for your interior wall finish: oil based and water based.

  • Water Based Paint - Is Usually less toxic, drys quicker with less oder and cleans up much easier. You can choose between flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss finishes. The glossier finishes wash and wear better than a flat paint, but you will end up with a shinier wall. The eggshell finish has almost no sheen and washes much better than a flat paint. Water based paints have developed to a point that they compare in terms of durability.
  • Oil Based Paint - This type of paint is used on trim, will usually wear longer and wash better than water based paints.
  • Colour - Can draw attention to a wall and speaks volumes about a room. Colours can make you feel calm, energetic, or nervous. The perfect colours and tones for your home should be researched wisely in order for your rooms to reflect the feelings you want them to.
  • Faux Finish - This finish can be made to look like brick, stone, marble, granite, wood grain, leather, crackled paint, rusted iron, or verdigris and much more. This is a French term meaning a false finish.
  • Trompe L'Oeil -is a painting technique that depicts actual objects to look as if they are real. This technique utilizes principles of light and shadow to make the subject look three dimensional.
  • Texturing Compound-is manufactured by many different companies. However, there are specific types for different applications. If you are going to add texture to your walls, then you need to make sure that it is compatible with the surface material you are applying it to.
    Wall texturing is fun and the interior wall finish results can be quite astonishing. There are endless design patterns that can be created. In addition, you can add other materials such as: color tinting, glazes, and objects to the compound to make your walls truly unique. There are great non toxic plaster products that use natural clays, aggregates and pigmentations and can be used in a variety design styles including Tuscan, French Country, Southwest, and more.

    Straw Thrown Plaster-is very popular in French Country walls. All you do is trowel on wet plaster to your walls and literally throw a hand full of straw onto the wet plaster. Lightly tamper the straw so that it embeds into the plaster with a clean trowel. Once it's dried apply either one or two coats of an aged yellow tinted glaze to age and seal the wall at the same time.

    Sand, Pebbles, Glass, or Artifacts-which gives a creative and artistic quality to your interior wall finish, and can be highly imaginative, a one of a kind type wall.

    Pigment-If you are looking for a true Old World textured wall, an easy way to achieve it is to add pigmentation to your compound. Once it's put on the wall with a trowel and let dry, either a glaze, or a wax is used to seal and age the wall.

    Wood-composed of either solid wood, plywood or veneers which can be purchased in board dimensions, flat or raised panels, shingles, or in large sheets. It is recommended that such walls can be combustible, so use an approved fire stop for additional fire protection.
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