June 23, 2016

 Having a kitchen backsplash is an absolute must, especially if the kitchen is a place where you spend a lot of time.  There are so many reasons why having a backsplash is important, and we are going to name off a few.  If you do not currently have a kitchen backsplash, or you are looking to redo the one you have, hopefully these tips will give you some food for thought.

Aesthetic Appeal

Perhaps the shallowest of all of the reasons, but who doesn’t like their house looking good? There’s a reason there are dozens of home interior magazines, an entire channel on TV devoted to home renovation projects, and people who make their careers interior design: it is a sought after thing to have a beautiful home with aesthetic appeal.

FD faux brick kitchen backsplashA kitchen backsplash adds a great deal of aesthetic appeal, as you can choose from a multitude of materials. Most people opt for some sort of a tile or stone, but we have a little secret for you.  Faux wall paneling is the best material as it comes in a wide variety of stone, brick, and wood.  It is perfect for a kitchen backsplash because it is impervious to moisture, easy to clean, and will not grow mildew or mold.  Take that authentic, expensive stone with your hard to clean grout!

Prevents Moisture From Entering the Wall

How do you think it got the name ‘backsplash’ in the first place?  When you are busy cooking in the kitchen, spills and splashes happen.  Some people get really into it when whipping up something like spaghetti sauce, and their kitchen walls end up looking like a second grader splattered paint all over them.  Having a backsplash helps prevent moisture from getting into the actual walls, and catches random splatters during cooking.  Having faux wall paneling helps with this even more, as the polyurethane material is impervious to moisture.  You can rest assured that nothing will be able to get through to the walls and that they will remain dry.

Fills Empty Space

In addition to preventing moisture from entering the walls, having a kitchen backsplash serves another purpose. There is generally a gap between the kitchen counter and the wall it lines up to.  A backsplash is made to fit perfectly down in that little gap and fill it in, creating a seamless look from the counter to the wall.

 

June 21, 2016

Although the dining room is not typically the most used room of the home, it is still one that most people see quite a bit throughout the day.  It is nice to have a gorgeous dining room, even if it is only used on special occasions.  If you are ready to redesign your dining room and make it more current, you have landed in the right place.

stone wall dining roomWe are going to give you some great dining room redesign tips, most of which won’t even blow your budget!

  1. New Paint. Fresh paint does serious wonders.  Over time, walls become scuffed, and inevitably colors become outdated.  Choose light, neutral colors to open up the space and make it feel larger than it really is.  Having a neutral background will allow you to play around more with colors and patterns for the rest of the room without completely overdoing it and making the room feel too busy.  No need to break the bank on this one because stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will color match your favorite Restoration Hardware color for free.
  2. Lighting.  The staple to any dining room is great lighting above the table.  Most people choose to use a chandelier or a pendant light; something that stands out and hangs over the center of the table.  You might be surprised what you can find at your local antique store.  If you don’t have luck consignment shopping, website such as overstock.com and wayfair.com offer gorgeous lighting at discounted prices.
  3. Add Texture. In addition to painting your walls, you can totally make them unique by adding texture through faux wall paneling.  Faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood all look amazing when used for an accent wall or even wainscoting.  It is a great way to add contrast and dimension in your dining room.  Faux wall paneling from faux direct is extremely affordable, and so lightweight that they can be applied on your own.  If you were to use authentic brick, stone, or wood to achieve the same look, you would end up spending thousands in material and labor costs.  The material is also extremely durable and will last for years to come.
  4. Table and Chairs. Although this is an obvious one, the table and chairs are usually what sets the tone for the overall style and look of the room.  If your current table and chairs are outdated, it might be time to sell your current set and look for something more up to date.  Nowadays, having the raw, distressed look is in.  You may be able to take your current table and sand it down and repaint it to make it look completely brand new.  Get your cushions on your chairs reupholstered or purchase slipcovers and you are good to go!
June 17, 2016

Summer is in full swing, which means it is time to get your front porch in tip-top shape.  After all, your front porch contributes greatly to your curb appeal and overall home’s appearance.  You want your front porch to feel warm, welcoming, and inviting to guests you host.  It is also wise to keep curb appeal in mind if you ever plan on selling your home down the road.  Curb appeal is the first thing people see, and no matter how many people tell you that they would never judge a book by its cover, chances are deep down they probably do.  If you were house hunting and you came upon a listing that looked creepy and abandoned, would you be likely to pursue it any longer?  Probably not.

front porch faux brickFollow these tips to give your front porch a renovation on a budget and in a short amount of time and give your home the curb appeal it deserves.

  1. Clean clean clean! Unless your porch is clean, you probably do not want to spend much time enjoying the space.  Free up the area of any cobwebs, and take a pressure washer to the deck or patio area to clean it off.  You might even find the pressure washing to be oddly therapeutic, and the end result will have it looking brand new.
  2. Potted Plants. Take some of your favorite greenery and stick it in a gorgeous stone pot or urn on either side of your front door to add symmetry and aesthetic appeal.
  3. Welcome Mat. As silly as it sounds, a welcome mat really does make a front porch more inviting.  It also serves a good purpose as you probably do not want people bringing in dirt from the outside when they enter your house!
  4. Faux Wall Paneling. If you are really looking for a way to renovate your front porch, faux wall paneling is the ultimate way to do it.  Faux stone and faux brick paneling really have a way of taking a space from drab to fab in a matter of hours. You can apply the faux wall paneling directly to the exterior of your home, along the base of the porch, or even along the front columns of the house.  No matter how you do it, it will be sure to transform the curb appeal and make your home look instantly more expensive.  All faux wall paneling from Faux Direct is affordable, easy to apply, and can be installed on your own.  It is resistant to mold, mildew, and rot as well as weatherproof.  Doesn’t get much better than that!

If you follow these simple steps, you will have a front porch remodel in no time, enhancing your curb appeal and increasing the value of your home.

June 14, 2016

Flying, while an incredible luxury, can sometimes also be an inconvenience.  Flight delays, long layovers, overly air conditioned, not enough air conditioning, crowded places, lack of clean facilities, and so forth.  To top it off, the surroundings are not always the most ideal either.  If you have ever been to a nice airport, there is no doubt you remember where it was.  Perhaps it was the high ceilings, the abundant seating, nice restaurants, clean restrooms, or gorgeous design.  There is no doubt that any of these factors greatly aid in the flying experience, especially when the airport becomes more of an ‘extended stay’ type of place, rather than a place you are just passing through.  Regardless of which one you prefer, it can be agreed upon that an airport with gorgeous design is one that becomes etched in your memory.

wyoming airportIn addition to incredible architecture and historical attributes, a common feature being incorporated into airport design is faux stone paneling.  It is used to cover accent walls in central seating areas, hallways that take you from terminal to terminal, and even features such as waterfalls.  Faux stone paneling is incredibly versatile in the way it can be used, and its appearance immaculate.  The end result, when properly incorporated, is always unique and pristine.  The perfect touch to any airport, especially one wanting to make itself standout amongst its travelers.

Faux stone paneling ranges in its appearance and color.  Ledgestone gives a modern appearance while cobblestone gives a rich, historical feel.  A wide variety of options can be found under our ‘Products’ section on our home page.  Regardless of which faux stone paneling is chosen, it can be counted on to be affordable as well as easy to apply.  Many airport designers especially love faux stone paneling from Faux Direct because of these two features alone, allowing them the ability to give their customers a beautiful environment without having to spend ample amounts of money on product and contractors.

In addition to these attractive features, faux stone paneling is as durable as it gets.  Unlike authentic stone panels, it will not crack, chip or dent.  It is impervious to moisture, so the likelihood of mold or mildew growth is not an issue.  These are important factors to consider if renovations have to be completed; these can be expensive and time-consuming, causing a great deal of hassle to employees and travelers alike.  The next time you travel, take note of your surroundings.  You just might be surprised to find that faux stone paneling adorns the walls of your favorite airport, making it a relaxing and comfortable environment to be in whether you are there for quite some time or just passing through.

June 14, 2016

As gorgeous and timeless as wood paneled walls are, the risk for termites is always present.  The fearless and colonizing creatures cannot be wiped out of the population, no matter how hard anyone tries.  Equivalent to mosquitos in their peskiness, they are around for the long haul.  Just as you can prevent mosquito bites by wearing repellant, so you can prevent termite attacks by proper choice of materials.  When it comes to redesigning your redecorating your home or business, and you have the desire to add wood paneled walls, consider the use of faux wood paneling versus its authentic counterpart.  In the end, you will be the winner, not the little pests we call termites.

wood home officeFaux wood paneling is made from a high quality polyurethane material.  The polyurethane begins in foam form, and is cast from authentic wood panels.  The end result, once dried, is painted to look exactly like authentic wood.  The only giveaway? How lightweight the panel actually is.  You will be the only one with the knowledge that your faux wall panels aren’t real wood, as they will still look and feel incredibly authentic.

Polyurethane has so many great features. First off, it is impervious to moisture.  The reason for this is that it is a closed cell material.  No matter how hard moisture tries, it cannot penetrate its surface.  This makes the panels resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  If water, which has a way of creeping into any crevice and crack, cannot even access the inner walls of the faux wood paneling, then termites most certainly cannot.  Those little boogers will be begging for entrance, only to be sadly denied and force them to move on to their next, unsuspecting victims.

In addition to all of these amazing features included with polyurethane, faux wood panels are also UV resistant and weatherproof.  They are designed to withstand all types of weather, both hot and cold.

To answer your question, yes , this does mean what you think it means.  You can use faux wood paneling on the exterior of your home as well as the interior.  Use it to cover a portion, or even the entirety of your home.  Use it for deck railing, your entry gate, or even incorporate it into your landscaping.  There are so many ways that faux wood paneling can be used to aid in the design of your home.  And not one of those ways will be ruined by a herd of termites!

June 8, 2016

There are many ways that you can think outside the box when it comes to designing the outside of your home.  The front and backyard are often overlooked in home design, as people figure the inside of the house is what’s most important.  While this is true, outdoor design still holds a great deal of importance.  For example, your front yard is what gives you your ‘curb appeal’.  When people drive by your house, do you want them to think: “wow that house looks gorgeous!” or “wow that place is a dump!”?

faux stone front of houseHaving great curb appeal will increase the value of your home, which will only help you down the road when you go to sell.  As far as your backyard goes, it is important to put a little effort into your design here as well if you ever plan on being outside and enjoying the space, hosting parties, etc.  Read on to see how you can get creative with your outdoor design to make it unique, without going overboard on your spending or time put into it.

Unique Fenceposts

Who said fenceposts had to be out of the same material as the rest of the fence?  Add contrast by incorporating an element of texture, something different than the rest of the fence.  Faux stone paneling looks amazing when applied to corner fence posts.  It is affordable and applied in a matter of hours.  Faux stone paneling will last for years to come, as it is designed to withstand the effects of all types of weather, both hot and cold.

Firepit

An excellent way to get creative with your backyard design is to add a fire pit.  This may increase how much time you spend outdoors, as well as the desire to host backyard get togethers.  Faux brick and faux stone paneling also work great for making a DIY fire pit, as to make sure you don’t blow your budget!  At Faux Direct, all of our faux wall paneling is fire rated, so you don’t have to worry about the heat ruining the gorgeous end result.

Exterior Wall

The best way you can make a statement for your curb appeal (in addition to keeping a mowed lawn and trimmed shrubbery), is to add faux wall paneling to the exterior of your home.  Some people choose to do this on the bottom portion of front pillars, across the entire front of the home, or a certain portion of the front of the home.  It can be used to spruce up a front porch or even a front staircase.  Choose from faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood paneling to make your home look brand new.

June 3, 2016

You may think that the words ‘budget friendly’ and ‘renovation’ cannot possibly belong in the same sentence.  After all, renovating a home usually involves thousands upon thousands of dollars spent, and accomplishing anything on a so called budget is a complete joke.

Right?

Wrong.  While this is a popular train of thought, it is from people who simply do not know what alternatives are out there.  You do not always have to go with the most expensive, top of the line materials in order to get the best results.  You do not always have to hire someone to get the job done.  In fact, there is a much simpler way.  A way that will keep you on a budget, and not even spending tons and tons of time.

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Faux wall paneling is the answer to your prayers.  They enable you to renovate your home on a budget, spending minimal amounts of money and time, but still yielding gorgeous, jaw-dropping results.

Applications

There are a wide variety of applications possible with faux wall paneling.  For instance, many people use faux brick panels to create a kitchen backsplash.  Faux stone panels are a popular choice for fireplaces, accent walls, and in the bathroom around the tub or shower.  Faux wood paneling is used often for exterior applications, such as deck railing, outdoor showers, and even exterior walls.  Any instance you can think up that involves adding texture and dimension to a wall, faux wall paneling will do the trick.

Ease of Installation

The installation process is pain free and smooth.  Most faux wall paneling projects take only several hours to complete.  The only requirements are either caulk or glue and a few standard tools.  You do not have to hire out a contractor, nor do you have to spend money on expensive tools and machinery like you would if you needed to cut authentic stone or wood.  No messy mortar either!

Durability

Faux wall paneling, once applied, is there for the long haul.  The polyurethane material it is made from is impervious to moisture, therefore you do not have to worry about mold, mildew, or rotting.  It is easily wiped off with a damp cloth, and does not require harsh chemicals and hours of scrubbing.  It will not crack, chip, or dent, and it is UV resistant and weatherproof!

No matter what application(s) you choose to use faux wall paneling for, you will be able to complete a total home renovation on a budget.  Check out the wide variety of faux wall panels offered by Faux Direct under our ‘Products’ section!

June 3, 2016

Out of the blue, many people get the hankering to redecorate.  Often times this feeling is spurred by a change in season.  Summer, for instance, is a time when many people choose to redecorate.  The sunshine lifts people’s spirits and the warm air is a much more inviting atmosphere to be in, especially if you are a DIY kind of person and like to do projects.  In addition to this, the Summer is when many BBQ and pool parties take place, often bringing to the host’s attention that their style is a bit outdated.

FD faux wood accent wall faux stone fireplaceRegardless of the reason, here are some fun tips on how you can achieve awesome summer vibes this season with the following decorating ideas:

  1. Add Color. A pop of color does wonders.  This can be done with fresh wall paint, a new accent rug, or throw pillows.  Although neutral colors are all the rage, adding bright hues to contrast the neutral tones will add a pep to your step this Summer.
  2. Nothing says Summer and vibrance like adding live plants to your interior design.  Not only do plants clean the air, but they look amazing and are an inexpensive way to add a unique flare.  Many people are finding unique things to plant succulents in, such as a large clamshell or funky shaped glass domes.
  3. Faux Stone Paneling. Adding faux stone to a room (or even outdoors as they are weatherproof) is a great way to sneak texture and dimension into a room without the heavy commitment of time and money.  Faux stone panels are affordable, easy to install on your own, and require little to no maintenance.  They are very durable, and will look amazing for years to come.  Use faux stone panels to create an accent wall in your living room, a spa like feel in your bathroom, or even a backsplash in your kitchen!
  4. Outdoor Seating. It is an absolute must to have comfortable outdoor seating if you plan on hosting any parties this summer.  Consider splurging on custom chaises, or shop your local consignment stores and Craigslist for gently used items.
  5. Unique Lighting. Enhance your outdoor summer vibes by stringing lights along the ceiling of your patio, over your pool, or above the fire pit.  Add lanterns and citronella candles and tiki torches that can be lit by night, and enjoyed while sipping a cold beer with a group of friends.
June 2, 2016

This time of year, backyard parties are in full swing.  Whether it’s Memorial Day, The fourth of July, or even a birthday party or family get together, they are taking place every weekend throughout the summer.

plants in backyardIf you plan on hosting a backyard bash this year, read on to see how to host the perfect backyard party.

  1. Backyard Prep. In order to host your party, you will want to make sure your backyard is in tip top shape.  Trim your shrubs, mow the lawn, and set out potted plants.  Have comfortable seating areas like an outdoor sofa and a table to sit and eat at.  You can also consider having a unique feature such as a fire pit or a waterfall by the pool.  This can be easily created as a DIY project using faux stone paneling.  It’s affordable, easy to assemble, and will last through whatever weather the Summer may bring.
  2. Table & Chairs. Have you ever been to a party where people were just awkwardly standing around?  Chances are, there wasn’t enough available seating.  If your couch and table won’t cut it, use folding tables and chairs.  The tables can be covered with nice tablecloths and centerpieces, and the chairs can be spray painted for a fun and different look.
  3. Yummy Food. The days of creepy dried out hamburgers and flat soda are over.  Give your guests food that they will actually enjoy.  Make shish-ka-bobs with chicken, bell peppers, and onions on the grill and serve with a delicious pasta salad.  Have chips and salsa with a veggie tray for munching.  For dessert, use orange peels as dessert bowls to serve sherbet or sorbet.  Offer plenty of water and alcoholic spritzers for the adults.
  4. Set the Vibe with Tunes. Besides standing around and dried out burgers, what else can put a damper on a perfectly good backyard party?  Awkward silence, that’s what.  Use a bluetooth speaker to play music that everyone will enjoy.  It will fill in any silence and set a good vibe for the party.
  5. Fun & Games. Make sure you provide something for your guests to do for fun.  If you have a pool, the kids can swim and play water games.  Set out water guns and water balloons for the kids as well.  For the adults, set out corn hole and offer prizes for the winner of the competition.

If you follow these simple tips, your party will be enjoyed and remembered by all!

June 2, 2016

When choosing what material to use for outdoor projects such as a fire pit, outdoor kitchen, or waterfall, it can be extremely stressful to know whether or not you are making the right decision.  Will it last?  Will it be worth the money?  What will happen when the first rainstorm comes?  What about snow?  What if we have a scorching hot summer and the UV rays are relentlessly beating down day in and day out?

If you resonate with this, first of all: good for you.  Good for you for doing your research and making sure you are spending your money as wisely as possible.

Second of all, there is a material that is not only affordable, but so durable that it will weather the storm: faux wall paneling.

Faux wall paneling was designed specifically for projects that would inevitably have to withstand all types of weather.  After all, it’s not like you can bring your outdoor kitchen into the garage each time it is expected to rain.

FD outdoor kitchenAt Faux Direct, you can choose from faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood.  While authentic stone, brick, or wood can all weather the storm decently well, they are all extremely expensive and time-consuming to apply.  Faux wall paneling costs a fraction of the price because it is made from a synthetic material called polyurethane.  The polyurethane begins in foam form, and is cast from the authentic stone, brick, or wood.  The end result, once dried, is painted to match its authentic counterpart.  The resulting panel is lightweight, and can be installed on your own.  This means what you think it means: faux wall paneling is DIY!  No labor fees and no expensive tool rentals.  Most people can install them in several hours, and all that is required is either caulk or glue and a few standard tools.

As mentioned, these bad boys will weather the storm.  Polyurethane, by nature, is a closed cell material.  This means it is impervious to moisture.  All the panels are resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They are UV resistant, weatherproof, and even fire proof!  This means you can place them around a heat source such as a fire (or even a stove!).

There are so many ways faux wall paneling can be used outdoors.  In addition to the three previously mentioned projects, you can also use them for deck railing, fence posts, entry gates, exterior walls of the home, around the pool, and a landscaping retaining wall!  Anywhere you can imagine brick, stone or wood, faux wall paneling is there to get the job done and will gracefully weather the storms.

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