September 30, 2016

Undertaking a decorating or renovation project sounds really fun until you start listing out all of the things you need to buy.  Then it just makes you depressed.  This plus that plus this equals a whole lotta money.  Because of the expenses incurred when redecorating, many people opt not to do it at all.  Instead, they choose to live in an outdated version of the Full House set, throw a slipcover on the floral couch, and call it a day.

christmas-brick-kitchen-backsplashFriends, this is no way to live.

Instead of settling to live in an outdated house, why not decorate in a cheaper way than the mainstream route?

Here’s how:

  1. Do Not Always Buy New. There is absolutely no reason that to get something new, it has to actually be brand new.  You may shock yourself at the amount of treasures that are out there waiting to be found hidden at your local thrift, resale, and consignment stores.  Try hitting up a garage sale or two every weekend as well.  You will be pretty amazed.
  2. Repurpose. Building on the last tip, if you find a piece of furniture or decor that you feel has potential, do the rest of the work yourself.  Sand down and paint it or switch up the knobs.   Not only will it turn out exactly the way you want it, but it will be a fun DIY project as well.
  3. DIY. Speaking of Do It Yourself, this is a great way to save money and open up room in your budget.  Look for ideas that can be done on your own.  There are so many tutorials out there, plus an entire website where every DIY project and its mother can be found (hello Pinterest), that even your dog could probably complete one. Instead of hiring out a painter, do the job yourself! Create your own kitchen backsplash using faux brick paneling or make your own outdoor fireplace with faux stone panels.  The opportunities are endless and the sky is the limit.
  4. Pace Yourself. Do not try and do everything at once. People who do this tend to spend more money overall, because they just want it done and out of the way.  If you take your time and properly plan your redecoration project, you can acquire new things as you find them as well as take advantage of sales along the way.
September 20, 2016

Living life in a simple manner is a growing trend. Cutting down on excess stuff, because let’s be honest- we have so much stuff, as well as eliminating things from our lives that bring us down (habits, people we associate with, etc.).  If you are aiming to live the simple life, but still want to make a change in your home through interior design, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle.  After all, typically a renovation project involves acquiring even more stuff, right?

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Although this is often the case, it doesn’t have to be.  If you put these following steps into action before your next home renovation project, you can make a big change in a simple way.

  1. 1 for 1 Rule. A great rule to live by is the 1 for 1 rule. Every time you obtain one new thing, donate or sell one thing you already own.  This way you are not gaining more things in the process.  If you want to get real crazy you can give away or sell 2 things for every one thing you acquire.  This would definitely put you on the fast track to living the simple life.
  1. Consignment. Who says new things need to be brand new? A simpler way to live is to reclaim used items.  You can make them new by changing them yourself, but you can just think of it as recycling.  You will also save a great deal of money in the process!
  1. DIY. A simpler way to renovate is by finding DIY friendly projects. This eliminates a lot of cost by not having to pay for something already made nor having to pay someone to install something.  Although it may intimidate you at first, you will probably surprise yourself throughout the process.  In the end you will have gained a new skill and accomplished a project with your own hands that you can admire for years.  An extremely easy DIY project that also makes a huge change is faux wall paneling.  You can use them both indoors and out for a number of applications.  They do not require expensive, heavy tools nor do they require a contractor to install.  You can install them yourself in a matter of hours, and have something like a stone fireplace before the day’s end.  Check out our ‘Applications’ section for a full list on how these can be used.
  1. Do it in Stages. There is no need to freak out and try and renovate your whole home in a single weekend. Pace yourself.  Pick one room at a time and focus on it for awhile until you are happy with it.  Trying to do too much in too little time will only stress you out, and take away your focus from the things in life that truly matter.  Take your time, decorate in stages, and make your life much more simple in the process.
September 20, 2016

As we continue in our decorating tips series, do keep in mind that these are goals.  It does not mean you need to run out and complete all of these in a single week.  That mindset will only stress you out and leave you feeling exasperated.

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Instead of trying to ‘keep up with the Jones’’, use these tips as guidelines and implement them as you have time and money.  Remember to enjoy the process!

  1. Patterns and Solids. When it comes to your bedding, do not feel like you have to stick to either only patterns or only solids. It is actually a very trendy thing to mix and match the two, and it looks nice.  Too much pattern can make your head spin, and too much solid can feel dull and boring.
  1. Quest: Find an Antique. Adding an antique to a room will bring out a historic feel. Some people opt to use many antiques, which can also be done tastefully.  However, going on a quest to find a single antique to place here or there will leave a touch of that time period in the room while still maintaining your modern design scheme.
  1. Reclaim Furniture. An old piece of furniture can feel suddenly new once it is sanded and repainted. If you find a piece of furniture you love at a garage sale or a consignment store, but don’t love the color, just paint it! The lighter the color, the airier and brighter the room will feel.
  1. Shop in the US. As silly as it may seem at first glance, it really is important to try and shop as locally as possible. At Faux Direct, we make all of our faux wall paneling right here in the US.  It is then shipped from the US, which keeps shipping costs down.  When you support an American products, you are also helping to boost our economy, keep jobs in the US, and support good and safe working conditions.
  1. Try Something Funky. There is no need to totally conform to mainstream thinking. You can implement a funky decorating idea and still keep the look trendy and modern. For example, you could cover a wall only with plates.  The look is actually quite intriguing and it is like completing your own piece of art.  A company called Hackerware on ebay sells inexpensive plates.  Check them out and start your collection!
September 19, 2016

When most people think about incorporating faux wall paneling into a design project, they tend to think strictly about indoor uses. In addition to all of the interior faux wall paneling applications (accent walls, bathroom design, kitchen design, fireplaces, etc.) they are also widely used in exterior design.  The reason for this is because of the high quality polyurethane material they are constructed from.  The material is impervious to moisture, which makes them resistant to mold, mildew, and rot.  They are designed to withstand all types of weather, both hot and cold.

light faux stone accent wallThey are also UV resistant, so you don’t have to worry about them fading in the sun.

So, since you know faux wall panels work great outdoors, how exactly can you use them?  There are a number of exterior applications that our customers are implementing all the time.  Here are some of the most popular:

  1. Fence Posts. Adding faux stone or faux brick paneling to your fence to create posts is a great way to break up the monotony of all wood in the fence design. The fence post not only adds aesthetic appeal, but also adds texture and dimension.  They are easy to apply on your own, and only require a few standard tools to do so.
  1. Entry Gate. A wonderful way to complete the look of your home and really add to your curb appeal is by placing an entry gate at the end of your driveway. This works especially well for homes with long driveways as well as a large amount of property.  It adds a regal feel, and can be done without using authentic stone, brick, or wood.
  1. Exterior Paneling. Adding faux brick, stone or wood to the exterior of your home’s paneling will add dimension and character. There is nothing more charming than a little brick house.  You can create this look for a fraction of the price and in a fraction of the time by using Faux Direct’s faux wall paneling.
  1. Backyard Design. There are several ways you can incorporate faux wall paneling into your backyard design. Many people add faux stone around their pool or create a waterfall.  Adding a faux wood shower is a unique touch, as well as a faux brick fire pit.  The most popular project is creating an outdoor kitchen using any of our paneling options.  Every project is easy to attain, fun to accomplish as it is DIY friendly, and will last for years to come.
September 19, 2016

Happy Monday folks! Hope y’all had a great weekend. If you’re like most Americans you probably watched too much football, drank a pumpkin spiced latte (or 2), and spent more money than you probably should have.
If you’re not, then hopefully you did something productive with your life.  Either way, we aren’t judging.  But we are here to bring you Part 3 in the Decorating from A to Z series.

  1. Light it Up. Choosing the proper light fixtures can make an incredible difference in your decorating scheme. You can choose lights that blend in, but are also modern and in (recessed lighting) or you can choose statement making lighting such as a funky chandelier.  Whatever you choose, make sure it goes with the scheme of your home and do not go overboard.  Making simple updates is enough.  (aka, get rid of all your boob lights!)

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  1. Make Some Room. No one likes to enter a home where they suddenly feel like a character in Alice in Wonderland. Make sure there is room to move around without knocking things off of shelves.  Less is more when it comes to decor.  If you go overboard it will look too busy and crowded.
  1. Never Miss a Deal. There is no need to pay full price for items that frequently go on sale. Make sure you subscribe to all of your favorite store’s and website’s email list.  You will be updated with any promotions or upcoming promotions.  This way you won’t purchase something that will go on sale 2 months later and have you wishing you didn’t jump the gun.  For example, at Faux Direct we have an email newsletter and offer promotions at different times of the year.  We know that people love a good deal!
  1. Opt for Wallpaper. In case you had not heard, wallpaper is actually cool again. Do not get us wrong; we are not talking about the floral stuff Aunt Sally has in her house, we are talking about textured wallpaper.  You do not have to overdo a room and place it on all four walls, either.  Simply select one wall to create an accent wall and then paint the other three with a complimenting neutral color.

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This wallpaper will make a room feel regal and luxurious instantly, and it will add a unique touch to your interior design.

September 19, 2016

 Because faux wall panels are such a popular material in the renovation world, we wanted to write an article to show you exactly how they are being used in interior design.  Keep in mind that people are not only using them for personal uses, but in the business setting as well.  Faux Direct’s faux wall paneling is affordable, easy to install as they are DIY, and durable.  They will be around for the long haul.  Here are some ways you can makeover your home (or business) by using faux wall panels for interior design:

man caveFaux Direct’s faux wall paneling is affordable, easy to install as they are DIY, and durable.  They will be around for the long haul.  Here are some ways you can makeover your home (or business) by using faux wall panels for interior design:

  1. Accent Wall. This is probably the most common use for our faux wall panels, as they are a great way to set a single wall apart.  Accent walls are typically used to delineate space, especially in an open concept floor plan.  They are also used to showcase a specific feature on a wall, or make one wall the main area of focus.  Using faux wall paneling instead of plain paint adds texture and dimension as well as a unique touch.
  2. Kitchen Design. Incorporating faux wall paneling into your kitchen will add a look that you might not be able to achieve otherwise.  Authentic stone and brick are very expensive to purchase and install, but with faux wall paneling you can create the exact same look for a fraction of the price.  Add faux brick to a kitchen backsplash or faux stone to a kitchen island for a gorgeous look.
  3. Bathroom Design. People love to add faux stone to the inside of a shower to create a spa like feel.  You can also add faux wall paneling to the interior of the bathroom(s) at your business location to really set your company apart.
  4. Fireplace. Because our panels are fire rated, you can safely add faux wall panels around a heat source such as a fireplace.  Obtain a gorgeous stone fireplace that you’ve always dreamt of having by adding faux stone from floor to ceiling.  The cascading panels down your wall will create a magical and cozy feel.
  5. Man Cave. Create a man hangout that actually feels like a cave with faux wall paneling.  There is no reason this room has to be the outcast of the home, as you can make it inviting and aesthetically appealing with proper design. Faux wall paneling is sure to set your man cave apart from the rest, and even make the ladies jealous!
September 17, 2016

We are positive you could hardly sleep last night, wondering what the next sequence of decorating tips would be.

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Not to worry, because we are going to pick up right where we left off. Keep following these tips and you will have your decorating game on point in no time.

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  1. Express Warmth Through Mirrors. You can take a room that feels cold and uninviting to warm and inviting simply by adding mirrors to the walls. Now, don’t go overboard here or it will end up looking like a fun house. Instead of large mirrored sheets, which tend to look commercial, look for antique framed ones.  Hang them over your faux brick paneled wall and your house will scream character.
  1. Find Consignment Deals. There is no need to run off to Ashley’s Furniture and spend a fortune. Often, high quality pieces of furniture can be found right in your own backyard consignment stores. If you don’t love the current look, try painting it with chalk paint or add funky knobs from Anthropologie.
  1. Get Long Curtains. Curtains that don’t reach the floor are really sending the message: “the flood’s a comin!”. Instead of your windows wearing high waters, make them look elegant with long curtains that touch the floor.  It will elongate the look of the windows and make the walls feel taller. If you need to, purchase the longest size and have them hemmed.
  1. Have Mixed Tableware. Matchy matchy is so 2005. Instead of having everything be perfectly uniform, consider mixing and matching your tableware. Get bowls that coordinate with your plates, but do not have the exact color and design.  This will give off an eclectic appeal in a tasteful way.
  1.  Incorporate Lighter Ceilings. A secret design trick (not so secret anymore) is to paint the ceiling a slightly lighter color than the walls. Doing this makes the space feel larger and the windows pop.
  1. Jive Silver and Gold. Whoever said they don’t match? Jiving gold and silver together looks very sophisticated. Don’t go overboard with one or the other, but use a lot of both.  The metallic finish will brighten up your space and add a modern, expensive touch.
  1. Keep it Luxurious. Piling on the pillows makes a room feel luxe. Having only one pillow or two thrown here or there looks basic and skimpy. You can never have enough pillows, and they are affordable at stores like Home Goods and World Market.
September 16, 2016

So often people have the best intentions when it comes to decorating their homes, however the outcome turns out sub par (if you know what we mean).  For example, we all know the one who calls themselves ‘eclectic’, but really their home is full of walls covered in photos and knick knack paddywacks and you leave feeling like you just visited the Smithsonian.  And then there is the one who thinks they are ‘so mod’, but really their house is so sterile you feel like you are in a waiting room waiting to get your teeth pulled. There’s got to be a good balance, right?  These people mean well, but really they just need a little guidance.

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Follow these little decorating tips and you will have yourself an interior design that is tastefully done, not too much and not too little.

  1. Absolutely Choose Your Color Scheme. Right from the get go, you should select a color palette.  This does not mean every room in the house needs to be the same color.  Instead, choose three to five colors that go well together.  They should all compliment one another in order to create a cohesive feel.
  2. Better Not Skimp on the Couch. The sofa is a place that lots of time is spent.  Sometimes people skimp out on the couch because of messy kids or pets.  However, do not let this hold you back.  Instead of going cheap, find a material that works with your lifestyle; one that is easy to clean and will not wear out easily.  The sofa is the main gathering place, and makes a huge statement in your living room.  Your couch, along with other showcase pieces (a grandfather clock or a statement making buffet), set the tone for your design scheme.
  3. Choose to Texturize. A place where many people get stuck is properly adding dimension to your home.  Adding texture is a great way to add dimension without going overboard, and breaking up the monotony of plain walls.  Faux brick and faux stone paneling are an excellent way to do this without spending too much time or money.
  4. Do Fake Square Footage. Having a small home does not have to stop you from having impeccable interior design.  There are several ways you can make the space feel bigger: use neutral colors on the wall, short furniture, minimal decorative pieces and wall hangings, and glass shower doors.

This is a great place to get started if you’re not sure where to begin. Stay tuned for more decorating tips.

September 15, 2016

 If you are tired of your current design situation, you are not alone.  Many people wish to makeover their homes and make a change.  However, typical home renovation projects are not easy nor are they cheap.  There is a lot of planning involved, materials to purchase, contractors to hire out, and a mess to deal with for days or even weeks.  As the good lady on YouTube once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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What if there was a way to transform your home in a single weekend?  And wait….it gets even better.  What if there was a way to do this on a budget?

Lucky for you, there is.  Faux wall paneling makes this possible.

Faux wall paneling makes a weekend home transformation an actual possibility.  You can accomplish numerous projects, such as: kitchen backsplash, bathroom design, accent wall, stone fireplace, outdoor kitchen, exterior siding, landscape design, and more (see our ‘Applications’ section for more ideas).

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What makes these projects attainable in a weekend is the ease in which faux wall panels are applied.  The panels are made from a material called polyurethane, which makes them very lightweight.  The polyurethane begins in foam form, and is cast from authentic stone, brick, or wood.  Once dried, it is painted to match the authentic counterpart.  The end result is literally uncanny.  No one will be able to tell that your faux stone fireplace is in fact faux.  Because the panels are so lightweight, they are easy to pick up and apply.  They only require simple caulking or glue and a few standard tools. There is a step-by-step installation guide found on our website as well as included in your shipment that will help you get the job done.  Most people can accomplish a faux wall paneling project in a single afternoon!  This is how a weekend transformation is actually possible.

The opportunities are endless with faux wall panels.  They are UV resistant and weatherproof, so they can be used outdoors as well.  Many people use them to create outdoor kitchens, outdoor fire pits, use them in their pool design, exterior paneling, and even entry gates.  Indoors, the most popular uses are accent walls and fireplaces.  They are fire-rated so you do not have to worry about placing them near a heat source either.  At the end of the day, would you rather spend lots of money and time on a renovation project?  Probably not, and because of that, you will never make changes to your house.  Get the transformation you want with faux stone paneling!

September 14, 2016

 As time passes, you may start to notice your home doesn’t exactly look the same as the day you bought it.  Paint tends to fade in the sun, trees and shrubbery become overgrown, and weeds start to pop up in areas you didn’t know plants could grow. If your home can identify with any of these things, it may be time for an exterior home makeover.  You can get your curb appeal into tip top shape by following these simple steps.  The good news? You can do most of them yourself!

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  1. Trim those trees! Overgrown trees can make a home look quite deserted.  The neighbors might start to think you are a creepy recluse if you let them get too out of hand.  If you aren’t afraid of heights, grab a ladder and get to work!  If you are afraid of heights, call a handyman or find a company on Angie’s List that will do the job for you.  Your neighbors will be secretly singing your praises once the job is done and your curb appeal will be greatly improved.
  2. Landscape Design. It doesn’t take someone with a total green thumb to make landscaping look nice.  Simple shrubs with a pop of color will do.  Head to Lowe’s or a local nursery and pick out some plants that do well in your climate.  Take things to another level by incorporating faux stone paneling into your design by creating a retaining wall.  The panels are DIY and UV resistant as well as weatherproof.
  3. Porch Appeal. You can make your home go from saying “stay away” to “welcome” in a matter of minutes by adding to your front porch appeal.  Re-paint your door (or take a magic eraser to it), add a wreath for the season, and a welcome mat.  You can place potted plants on either side of the door as well, and make your home feel like a warm, welcoming place to be.
  4. Texturize.  If your home is rather two-dimensional, you can make it feel like there is more to it by adding some texture.  The perfect way to do this?  Faux wall paneling of course.  People use faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood panels to take their exterior siding from drab to fab in a matter of a single afternoon.  You can also incorporate faux wall paneling into your front pillars or entry gate. The gorgeous, authentic look of this stone, brick, or wood will add a nice element to your home’s aesthetic appeal.

 

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