July 31, 2016

A lot of times when we move into a new house we have these amazing plans for our landscaping and backyards.  A lot of times these wind up being the last plans we mark off the to-do list, and usually it’s years and years later.  If you didn’t wait years and years, you probably got into some serious debt getting it knocked out right away.

Backyard of Your DreamsYou might have to take a year to save up, but there are several options that allow you to get the backyard of your dreams with breaking the bank.

  • Whoever said that a pool had to be in-ground, made of decorated tile?  People have gotten really creative with everyday resources that they are able to put together themselves.  You can get a stock tank pool from a local supply store and it will look so much better than any gaudy above-ground pool.  If you want it to blend a little better with the landscape, make an oversized cedar hot tub to soak up the sun in.  Are you going to be able to do lap?    But for the majority of people who just want to sit and sip their iced tea, this is perfection.  As the mother of two toddlers, my favorite idea was the homemade tile splash pad.  You don’t have to worry about the hazards and expenses of keeping a body of water around, and that gets two thumbs up and ten gold stars from me!
  • Not everyone can have an outdoor shower private and glorious enough to actually shower in. If I had an outdoor shower like some of the ones I’ve seen, I would never shower indoors, and that’s a fact.  You don’t have to live in Singapore to make this happen, though.  There are so many options for putting together cozy shower stalls with some framing boards from Lowe’s and faux wall panels from Faux Direct. Faux brick, wood, or stone panels would all make a gorgeous outdoor shower that blends right in with the natural elements surrounding it. The best part? Faux Direct’s panels are all made for outdoor use as well AND are waterproof. No need to worry about the weather or water from the shower rotting anything like you would have to worry about with real wood!
  • There is no need to have an outdoor kitchen that puts the indoor one to shame, and rivals anything Gordon Ramsey might use. Greek tile and rustic stone pillars are all well and good, but not everyone can be doing that.  Clearly, in this arena, faux stone is the way to go.  Use faux stone to cover the main cooking area/framing, and create those stone columns leading up to an overhead pergola, if you choose, that’s costing other people an arm and a leg.   Tie it in with a really nice grill and patio set and what more do you need?
  • If you want an outdoor movie screen, don’t give up because you think it is has to be a huge, elaborate affair overlooking your awesome in-ground pool at the top of a mountain. PVC pipe and canvas is all you need.  There are so many DIYs for outdoor movie screens all over the internet that you should be able to join that club with little to no issues. What better way to enjoy your beautiful outdoor kitchen you’ve created than with an outdoor movie for all the kids and neighbors??
July 25, 2016

The living room (also known as the drawing room, sitting room, or family room), is one place in the house that is going to receive a lot of guests and get a lot of traffic.  Of course guests will wind up seeing the other more public rooms (like the kitchen, bathroom, and dining room), but the living room has a completely different feel altogether.  Kitchens and dining rooms and bathrooms are meant to be functional.  There is only so much you can do when decorating them.  However, a living room’s whole purpose is to be comfortable.

Not only that, a living room is basically an empty canvas; a blank space, if you will.  You can really unleash your creativity and passions in an area like this that you may not be able to do as much in the more functional spaces.  Regardless, your home will have your signature no matter what part, but only a few places can be decorated with the purpose of other people, beyond yourself, getting enjoyment out of it.

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The most important aspect of any room is the wall space.  They are the biggest part, and the most difficult to decorate.  I say this because you can fill the floor with furniture and rugs and accessories of all kinds, but hanging stuff on the wall and trying to utilize all of that emptiness is incredibly tricky, especially if there is a shortage of windows.  I walked into a home once where the main wall had been completely taken over by picture frames decorated with Pinterest ideas.  They were adorable on their own, but to be put so close together across the entire space (and crooked!), it was just too much.  That entire room could have been so much nicer if the owners had used some faux stone and then chosen three or four of their favorite decorated frames.  Since it was the tallest wall, peaking in the center, and also the longest, stretching into the dining room, faux stone would have been the perfect choice for separating the dining area from the living area.  And since it was of extended height it would have given the place the feel of a castle.

And that’s just one suggestion! If you are trying to go with a more natural feel, it goes without saying that the faux stone would fit in very well.  If you are worried about making your home look too dark, worry no more.  The softer tones of the stone pairs wonderfully with brighter, more neutral shades.  Just because you are going neutral doesn’t mean that you have to lack color and vitality.  You may not be a very adventurous person, but even choosing lavender greys and chestnut peaches will be neutral with a refreshing and modern twist.

Thanks to technology, when it comes to decorating our homes, we have so many more options than humanity would have ever thought possible!  Which is so exciting.  Hopefully you can take this input and use it to brighten up your own living space!

July 19, 2016

If you’ve ever seen that show “The Office” then you will remember that the boss is often getting hair-brained ideas and shouting out, “Everyone! Conference room! Five minutes!”  If you’ve ever worked in an office, then you know how legitimate that scenario can be.  If you’ve ever been in a conference room at all, for any reason, then you know that they usually aren’t the most exciting and relaxing of places.

Conference rooms are fast becoming a part of everyday life for a vast majority of the population, and it would behoove business owners and office managers to make a worthwhile investment and transform their conference room into a more comfortable, and over-all brighter, space for their employees and clients.

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Lighting –  perhaps the most crucial player in achieving comfort.  Dimmers are an absolute must.  These are necessary for presentations so that the participants can continue taking notes, and also to help them maintain a certain level of alertness (which is a nice way of saying: so they don’t fall asleep!).  Avoiding reflective surfaces goes hand in hand with lighting.

Interior – probably second to lighting.  Incorporating outside elements into a conference room offers peace to anyone present.  Faux brick panels have become a real asset in this department.  If there are a lot of windows, consider bringing out the wall spaces in between them to look like stanchions or pillars and cover them with the faux brick panels.  Add plants to help keep the air clean and contribute to the overall atmosphere.  Choose colors that are simultaneously natural and neutral.

Decoration – It turns out that a conference doesn’t really have to be decorated.  Incorporating subtle changes into the interior of the room will inadvertently take care of the decorating.  After all, if you’re using the faux brick panels, there is no need to try and cover that space like you would have if it had remained a plain boring wall.  One or two small paintings in strategic locations are acceptable, but using the working parts of the room to it’s advantage is recommended.  A coffee bar would be a great way to take up one, unused corner of the room.  You should be offering beverages to your clients anyway, so installing a few classy cupboards shouldn’t be a problem.

Furniture – the final step.  A room can be decorated nicely, properly lit, and over-all perceived as comfortable, but the wrong furniture can completely take away from all of that.  Whatever you may have saved on economical lighting, subtle interior, and minimal decoration should absolutely be funneled into the furniture fund.  Everybody always notices if a chair is uncomfortable to sit in!  Say “no” to having that kind of conference room.  Try to find a table that isn’t too reflective.  Perhaps add tall cupboards on either side of the projection screen, but otherwise try to keep storage to a minimum.  The conference room is meant for conferences, so there shouldn’t be that much need for available storage in there, which will make the space feel smaller and more cluttered.

July 10, 2016

We live in a world of information overload.  Literally, anything you want to know about you can find out within seconds on the worldwide web.  As amazing as it is, sometimes too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing.  We often fill our minds with pointless facts, to the point where we forget what is really important!  There is a way to maintain a balance of having so much information available at our fingertips, and doing so is a wise thing.  Pick and choose what you spend your time learning about, and make sure it is information that is useful and productive!

If you are looking to learn something new today and gain information on something that is worth your time, something beneficial to your life, then you have absolutely come to the right place.  Today we are going to tell you everything you need to know about faux wall paneling.  While in the past you may have thought of this as something you didn’t really need to know much about, you will quickly think otherwise once you get to the bottom of this article.

Faux wall paneling is an amazing invention: they are synthetic panels created to look and feel exactly like authentic stone, brick and wood.  They are used for a wide variety of applications, including accent walls, fireplaces, kitchen backsplashes, bathroom design, exterior walls, outdoor pool/spa areas, and so much more.

Here is an example of what a faux stone panel looks like:

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The panels are affordable, durable, and versatile.

Affordability.

Because the panels are made from a synthetic material called Polyurethane, they cost a fraction of the price that authentic stone, brick, or wood does.  They do not require expensive tools or contractors to install them either, as they are simply mounted with either caulk or glue.  This also makes for a super fun DIY project!

Durability

Faux wall paneling is ultra durable, thanks also to the polyurethane they are constructed from.  Polyurethane, by nature, is a closed cell material.  This means no type of moisture can break through its barriers, making all panels resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They are also termite resistant, UV resistant, and weatherproof.  They are fire rated as well, so they can be used around heat sources such as fireplaces and stoves.

Versatility

As you saw earlier, faux wall paneling is extremely versatile.  It can be used for so many applications, both indoor and out!  The opportunities are endless.  Because of faux wall paneling from Faux Direct, you can have the renovation project of your dreams come true.

July 7, 2016

 If your business involves patient care, have you ever put a lot of thought into your overall office design?  Studies have shown that the ambiance of your office can make a huge impact on your patients’ overall comfort as well as help to diminish any associated anxiety.  After all, getting your cavities filled, blood drawn, or yearly physical isn’t necessarily most people’s top choice of how they would spend their day.  Many people can enter a physician office feeling rather fearful, and be instantly calmed simply by the environment alone.

The following qualities of physician offices have been found to help set people at ease: strong aesthetic appeal (such as soft paint colors, accent walls, comfortable furniture), soft music playing, trickling water in the background (from waterfalls mounted on the walls or stand alone), as well as a nice smell.  What feature(s) could you bring to your office that are currently lacking?  Do you feel that any of the aforementioned might help to set your patients’ minds at ease?

faux stone dental officeAt Faux Direct, we have the product for you: faux wall paneling.  Imagine adding a faux brick accent wall behind the patient check in desk, or even a faux stone paneled waterfall right near the front entryway.  You can use faux wood paneling to create a beautiful wainscoting down the hallways as well as in each patient room.  Any of our faux panel options would make an excellent addition to your office, depending your specific style and vibe you are looking to give off.

Many people love using faux wall paneling to up their physician office aesthetic appeal due to its affordability and ease of application.  It will not require you to shut down or close off different areas of your office, as they are applied easily within several hours.  They cost a fraction of the price of authentic brick, stone, and wood as well.  Each of our panels are made from polyurethane, which is a synthetic material.  Each panel is cast from the authentic (stone, brick or wood) beginning in foam form.  Once dried, it takes on the exact appearance of its authentic counterpart.  So, despite the material being synthetic, it looks and feels completely real.  Last but not least?  They will last for years to come.  All of our faux wall panels are resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They are also UV resistant and weatherproof, should you choose to place them outdoors on your office exterior or on the monument sign.  The addition of faux wall panels to your physician office will absolutely add aesthetic appeal to the design and set your patients’ minds at ease.

July 6, 2016

Fun fact: the term ‘living room’ has been around since the 19th century, but was not prevalently used until the 20th century after World War I.  Prior to being called the ‘living room’ it was actually referred to as the ‘death room’.  The reason for this was because at the time, during the war, people were dying left and right from Influenza.  The ‘death room’, or the main area of the home (typically located near the front of the house) is where the body would be kept during mourning time until burial.  At the end of the war, the influenza death rates went down significantly, and the room was then referred to as the ‘living room’, since it was the space where most social and common activities took place.

Living-Room-3Well, there you have it.  You are one piece of information smarter.  You’re welcome.

Since the living room is the most commonly used room in the home, the focus on design is often highly important.  People with set budgets will often choose to renovate this room and put other rooms on hold, specifically because it is the room where the family spends the most time.  What about you?  Is your living room your pride and joy, or could it use a little transformation?

If you are ready to renovate your living room and give it a total makeover, faux wall paneling is the way to do it.  There are so many different things that can be done with faux wall paneling:

  1. Accent Wall. Accent walls are amazing for delineating space (especially in an open floor plan home) as well as showcasing something on the wall such as a piece of art.  Faux brick paneling is an excellent choice for this.
  2. Who doesn’t love the look of a gorgeous stone fireplace?  With faux stone paneling, you can run them from the floor to the ceiling, creating a cascading stone fireplace that looks and feels completely authentic.  The panels are fire rated, so no need to be concerned about whether or not they will be safe near the flames.
  3. Wood Accents. The rustic, reclaimed wood look is totally in.  However, despite it being ‘reclaimed’, the wood can actually be pretty pricy. Use faux wood paneling instead to ad the same amazing look.

All in all, there is a whole lot of transforming that can be done with faux wall paneling.  For a full list of applications, check out our ‘Applications’ section on our main page.

July 5, 2016

At this point in your life, especially if you have completed some sort of a home design project, you have probably heard of faux stone paneling.  If you haven’t, get ready to have your mind blown.

mind blownFaux stone paneling is the ideal material when it comes to completing a home (or business) remodeling project.  First of all, you must be aware of all of the different applications that faux stone paneling has.

Allow us:

  • Accent wall
  • Shower
  • Wall behind tub
  • Kitchen backsplash
  • Fireplace
  • Wainscoting
  • Kitchen island
  • Exterior siding
  • Exterior columns
  • Fence posts
  • Deck railing
  • Man cave
  • Business interior
  • Business monument sign
  • Front entry gate
  • Outdoor shed
  • Pool waterfall
  • Outdoor kitchen
  • Firepit
  • Trade show exhibit
  • Hotel design
  • Museum design (think Dinosaur exhibit)
  • Restaurant design (think Olive Garden)

faux stone fireplaceThe list could really go on.  People are getting so creative with faux stone paneling and placing it wherever they feel authentic stone would be visually appealing.  As you probably saw from the list above, there is quite a mixture of both indoor and outdoor applications.  The reason that is possible? Because of its durability.  Faux stone paneling is extremely durable, affordable, and easy to apply.

Durability

Faux stone paneling is extremely durable, thanks to the material it is made from: polyurethane.  Polyurethane is impervious to moisture, which makes each panel resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  The panels are also UV resistant, and designed to withstand the effects of all types of weather (both hot and cold).  The panels are resistant to termites, and there are fire rated panels available should you choose to place them around a heat source such as a stove or fireplace.

Affordability

Because the panels are made from a synthetic material, you do not have to pay the associated price tag with authentic stone.  The panels are cast from authentic stone using polyurethane that begins in a foam form.  Once dried, they are painted to match the original stone completely.  The end result looks uncanny.  The only giveaway is how lightweight they are!

Ease of Application

Because the panels are so lightweight, you can apply them all on your own.  Most people can get a job done in a single afternoon.  The only requirements are a few standard tools and either caulk or glue.  The best part about applying them yourself, besides getting to complete a DIY project, is that you will not have to hire out a contractor.

It’s easy to see why faux stone paneling is the ideal material for your next home or business renovation project!

July 4, 2016

The fourth of July is finally here.  The long awaited holiday where people have a great excuse to whip out all of their red, white and blue clothing, drink too much beer, eat too many hot dogs, wear not enough sunscreen, and stay up too late on a work night watching fireworks light up the sky.  After all, nothing says ‘Murica quite like a Bud Light and some Jimmy Buffet playing from the boat speakers.

american flagIf you really want to show people how American you are, and go just one step further, you can even make sure that the products you are purchasing are from the good ole’ US of A.  There are many reasons why people like to purchase products made in the United States.  One of them are foreign labor standards.  Some other countries do not always provide the highest working conditions for their workers.  With American made products, you can rest assured that the working conditions are safe and child labor laws are in place.  Another reason is to support paying people for an honest day’s work.  In other countries, there are not always minimum wage laws in place, and people are being far underpaid for the amount of work they put in.  The processes used to manufacture American goods are very safe and clean for the environment.  Other countries will use dangerous as well as highly polluting products when manufacturing their goods.

uncle samAnother reason it is great to purchase American made products is to lower our trade deficit.  The more we rely on other countries for our goods, the more in debt we go.  Debt, as you are aware, is simply no bueno.  Finally, it is important to recognize that when you purchase products made in America, you are helping to keep jobs in America.  This is extremely important for your generation and generations to come, as we can rely more on ourselves rather than other countries for our sustainability.

At Faux Direct, we pride ourselves on our American made products.  Each and everything we offer is manufactured and produced right here on American soil.  If you want to exercise your patriotism and help keep America great, then purchase goods made right here in the US at Faux Direct.  We have everything you need to make your next home or business remodeling project great, including faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood paneling.  Check em’ out in the ‘Products’ section on our main page.

God bless the USA!

July 4, 2016

If you choose to add brick to a wall, inevitably grouting will be apart of the process.  Not only that, but the mortar to make it stick to the wall, and then sealing it at the end.  All in all, it can be quite the process, especially the grout.  Have you ever had to grout a brick wall?  First, you must find the perfect grout.  Next, you must have all the proper tools: a deep bucket, concrete mixer, and grout applicator.  You can use an angled metal applicator or a bag that will squeeze the grout into the cracks between the bricks.  After that, you take a wet sponge and wipe off the excess grout.  The entire process is lengthy and extremely messy.

If you had a way to achieve a brick wall and skip the entire grouting process, would you want to know more?  Most people sure as heck would! Luckily, for all of us, there IS a way: faux brick paneling.

 

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Faux brick paneling enables you to avoid the entire grouting process (as well as mortar and sealing) because it comes in panels that are roughly 8-9 sq/ft.  The brick appears to be grouted already, and all that is needed to secure it to the wall is simple caulking or glue.  Because the panels cover a decent amount of space, it takes hardly any time to put them up!  Most people can accomplish a faux brick paneled wall in a single afternoon.  The same absolutely cannot be said for its authentic counterpart.  If you want to put up an authentic brick wall, even if it’s for a kitchen backsplash or an accent wall in the living room, you are looking at days and most likely weeks to get the job done.  Not to mention hiring an expensive contractor!

There is no need to seal the final product either, as it is made from polyurethane rather than authentic brick.  Polyurethane, by nature, is impervious to moisture (so there is no need to seal).  It will not absorb any type of moisture, and as a result will be resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  This makes faux brick panels the perfect addition to a place such as a kitchen for a backsplash or even the bathroom in the shower.  Obviously these are two high moisture rooms in the home, but you won’t have to worry about them lasting or getting ruined by accidental spills.

All in all, if you are looking to accomplish the gorgeous look that a brick wall brings without the associated hassle like having to grout, faux brick panels are the way to go!

July 3, 2016

Completing a home project requires a lot of time, money, budgeting, and planning.  One of the many decisions you will be faced with along the journey of completing that project is what material(s) to use.  This is something that you should put a lot of effort into, as the material you choose can make or break your budget.  It can also impact the time it will take to get the job done and impact the end result and how long it lasts.

For example, if you were to create a stone fireplace or a brick accent wall, you could easily choose to use authentic stone or brick.  Right?  However, have you ever stopped to think about the implications of doing so?

First of all, authentic stone is extremely expensive.  Brick is a little more affordable, but can still run you a pretty penny.  Right off the bat you are going to have to have a large budget to complete a project like this if you choose authentic brick or stone.  Second of all, they are time consuming to apply.  Both materials require mortar followed by grout followed by a seal.  If you do not seal the material, the stone will soak up anything that is spilled/splashed on its surface.  The last thing you want is to complete a gorgeous stone fireplace and your little nephew Johnny ruins it with his cherry Icee.  Third of all, what does durability look like?  Will your stone fireplace or brick wall last forever?  Unfortunately authentic materials like this easily crack, chip, and dent.  And, as previously mentioned, they are typically porous and will soak up any little thing that they come in contact with.

FD outdoor kitchenNow, if you were to take this exact same project but choose a different material, such as polyurethane faux wall paneling, your outcome would be completely different.

First of all, polyurethane is extremely affordable.  It costs a fraction of the price to use faux stone or faux brick paneling versus the authentic counterparts.  Second of all, the application process is cake.  You can literally apply them on your own in a single afternoon using standard tools and either caulk or glue.  Third of all, the durability factor is second to none.  With polyurethane, you don’t have to worry about sealing the final project because it is impervious to moisture.  Nothing can penetrate its surface, stain it, or cause any mildew or mold growth.  Lastly, the panels will not crack, chip, or dent.

When it comes to your next home project and what materials you use, remember, the choice is yours!

 

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