October 31, 2016

Having a home bar is a great way to entertain friends and family.  Not only are they aesthetically appealing and add to your home’s interior design (if done properly), but they provide a great place to sit down and share a drink over conversation.  If you absolutely love hosting parties and get-togethers and consider yourself a master bartender, then adding a home bar to your home should be the next thing on your to-do list!

perfect-use-of-stone-to-create-a-classic-home-barIt doesn’t need to be expensive, either.

  1. Decide Where it Will Go. You must first choose the location of your home bar.  Kitchens, basements, and dining rooms are all popular options.  If you have great weather, maybe you put it outside.  What do you want your bar to have?  A refrigerator or sink?  Keep these things in mind because you will need to have electricity set up to power any appliances.
  2. Make sure you have a place for drinkware.  Built in cabinets can be pricey, but look amazing.  You can also have open shelving or use drawers and cabinets.
  3. Purchase a Freestanding Bar. This is the most cost effective option rather than building on to your home.  These are typically found on online retailers, and can be relatively easy to install.
  4. Use Faux Wall Panels. If you do choose to build the bar in, or create a bar out of something already available in your home (perhaps extra countertop space in your kitchen), use faux wall paneling to make it more affordable.  Add faux brick, faux wood, or faux stone to your home bar to give it a unique, beautiful look without breaking the bank.  The panels are easy to install and can be done by yourself in a single afternoon.
  5. Add an Island. Another option is to add an island to your home bar area.  This will provide a place for stools so your guests have more room to gather around and sit.
  6. Having appliances are a great touch to a home bar.  Having a refrigerator and freezer allows you to have ice available for drinks and keep necessary items cold.  A wine cooler will keep your wine at the proper temperature (even reds!) and look nice as well.
  7. Add a Sink. Make your home bar a wet bar by adding a sink.  This will keep you from having to carry your drink ware back and forth from the kitchen in order to clean it.
October 31, 2016

We have all been to restaurants that stick out in our mind.  Perhaps it was the delicious food or the great customer service.  Most of the time, however, what really leaves a lasting impression is the ambiance that one feels when dining out.  The ambiance sets the tone for the overall mood, and is greatly influenced by the interior design.  For example, a couple looking for some quiet time is probably not going to go to a pub with live music.  Instead, they will opt for a fancy sit down dinner by candlelight with soft music playing in the background.  Someone looking to celebrate a birthday party will probably choose an atmosphere that makes them feel happy.  This type of restaurant is typically loud, has great food, and an aesthetically pleasing interior design.

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Two restaurants that really have this down, and are not even really known for their food are:

Rainforst Cafe

Hardrock Café

The overall ambiance is fun and enticing, which enhances peoples’ experiences and leaves customers satisfied.

One of the key things to nailing the interior design of your restaurant is to have a good understanding of your market.  What is the local demographic?  Is there a niche specific to your area?  Conduct market research and assess what the competition is doing.  Get feedback from your existing customers and tips on what they would find appealing and attractive.

Another key thing is to understand the trends in the restaurant industry.  There are popular categories for restaurants, such as upscale but casual (think Tony Clark’s or Seasons 52), entertainment-themed restaurants (Hard Rock Café, Planet Hollywood, etc.), a neighborhood feel (something small, quaint, with standout menu options), and cooking exhibition area restaurants (where the chef’s preparation area is visible).

Once you know and understand your theme, you can build your design from here.  Make sure your facilities are clean and provide anything your customer’s may need (feminine products, lotion, Kleenex, etc.).  Choose something that will stick out in your restaurant design: perhaps you use faux wall paneling to create stone or brick walls, perhaps you have a wall where people can write and draw directly on it, or maybe you have funky chairs and tables that are different from mainstream restaurants.  Get creative and daring.  Don’t be afraid to go all out in the ‘unique’ department to really create a place that will leave a lasting impression in people’s minds.

October 27, 2016

With the creation of Pinterest, people gained a new form of confidence as they are inspired with countless ideas on what they can create and do all on their own.  Pinterest gives people ideas that they probably wouldn’t come up with on their own, and gives access to hundreds of thousands of photos all with the click of a button.  So long are the days of interior design magazines because Pinterest is a free and fun way to access the same information.

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We have all seen the gorgeous Pinterest photos, especially the ones for home design.  But actually accomplishing them might feel like a difficult task. So, how does one actually make their home Pinterest perfect? Here are some ideas for you that you might find pinteresting (get it!?).

  1. Gold, gold gold! Gold is a growing trend as it adds sparkle and pizazz to any room.  Make sure you add just enough gold without taking over the room.  You can do this with cabinet hardware, fun light fixtures, or even little touches like vases and photo frames.
  2. Add weathered wood. Reclaimed wood walls are extremely in, as they add a rustic, warm feel to a room.  The best part about using old wood is that you are taking something old and making it new.  A lot of people love the history and stories behind the materials they use.  If you cannot afford authentic reclaimed wood, opt for a faux wood accent wall instead.  At Faux Direct, we offer faux wood panels that look and feel exactly the same and will give your room the Pinterest feel you are going for.
  3. Use mason jars. Mason jars are all over   Not only are they affordable, but they are gorgeous and can be used for so many different things.  Use them as glasses, storage, or vases for flowers.  Mount the lids to the underside of cabinets and use the jars in a suspended manner for dried goods.  Not only will it serve a purpose, but it will look incredibly unique and take mason jars to a whole new level.
  4. Chalkboard paint. This trend has been popular for quite some time and it isn’t slowing down! People are using it for tabletops, pots, and even walls in their home! It’s a great way to spend a little amount of money while making a huge, extraordinary change to your home.
October 26, 2016

The holidays are here. If you have not yet noticed because perhaps you live in a super warm climate, all you have to do is head to your local Costco, fabric store, or Lowe’s and you will be hit in the face with giant nutcrackers and Christmas lights.  And it’s not even Halloween yet! If that doesn’t lay on the pressure to get your decorating on, then who knows what will!

Do you have the same go-to holiday decorations each year?  Or, do you like to incorporate something new each year? No matter what you currently own to decorate with, we believe that faux stone panels are all you need to complete the holiday look.

Faux stone panels are great year-round, but nothing says cozy and warm like a stone hearth.  And, after all, the fireplace is the number one most decorated area of the house (next to the front porch) during holiday season.  Adding faux stone paneling to your fireplace will give your home the warmest and coziest of holiday vibes.  No matter which holiday you are decorating for, faux stone panels are sure to add that missing piece.

For the fall, all you need to add are a few pumpkins, and a few faux leaves (like shown below).  The stone does the rest:

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If you like to decorate for fall AND then some more for Thanksgiving, you will love what these people did with their faux stone fireplace:

By the time Christmas rolls around, you will be on a roll for decorating your faux stone fireplace.  Add garland along the mantle and light a fire and your home will feel like a magical Christmas dream.

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Once the holidays have passed, you will be left with a gorgeous stone fireplace that will look beautiful no matter the season.  It’s really a win-win situation. Faux stone panels are great because they are easy to install (DIY), extremely affordable, very durable, and are fire rated and UV resistant/weatherproof if you choose to use them outdoors.

If you don’t have a fireplace in your home, you can absolutely still use faux stone panels to complete your holiday decor this year.  You could:

 

            *create a fireplace yourself

*make an accent wall in your living room

*make an accent wall in your dining room

*use it as a kitchen backsplash

Head to our ‘Products’ section to view all of our gorgeous faux stone paneling options.

October 25, 2016

There are many things people like to be known for, but cheap isn’t one of them.  There are nicer words for cheap, such as thrifty, money-conscious, or deal-finder.  Whatever these people may be called, it definitely is not a bad thing.  At the end of the day, every single person likes to save money. Right?  “I want to spend the most possible money on everything in my life.”- said no one ever.

There are so many areas in your life that you can save money, or be ‘cheap’.  But just because you are saving money, doesn’t mean you have to necessarily cut back on quality!  For example, faux wall paneling enables you to have a cheap renovation while still maintaining class.  Now that’s something to talk about!

faux-brick-showerThere are many renovation projects that can be accomplished with faux wall panels:

At Faux Direct, we offer a full line of faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood paneling, all of which are affordable!  Especially when you compare with the authentic counterparts. If someone wants to call you cheap for using faux wall panels, the more power to you!  You will be the one laughing in the end when you have a gorgeous stone fireplace that costs literally a fraction of their real one.  Your pocket will have more money, and their pocket will only have more pride.

Faux Direct uses a high quality polyurethane material to create each panel.  It begins in foam form, and is cast from the authentic counterpart.  Once dried, it is painted to match exactly.  The end result is astonishing, as the only giveaway is how lightweight the panels are.  Besides that, you would not be able to tell they weren’t real even with a magnifying glass!  Because they are lightweight, they are also DIY.  You will save even more money by installing them on your own, and cutting out expensive contractor and tool rental fees.

As if it couldn’t get any better, you will be happy to know that any renovation project with faux wall paneling won’t require any down time in the home, as they can be installed in a single afternoon.  If you want to use them outside you can, because they are weatherproof and UV resistant.  Now head to our ‘Products’ panel now to see how you can accomplish a cheap, yet classy renovation project.

October 24, 2016

When you think renovation, the last word that probably comes to mind is simple.  After all, a home (or business) renovation can be quite the process. There are materials to choose, builders to select from, plans to make, and lots and lots of money to spend.  There will most likely be an off-limit zone in the area being renovated, possibly leaving you to eat take out for weeks. Because of this, many people opt not to renovate, and instead they keep their home the way it is, no matter how dated the design may be.

Instead of settling to live in a home that mirrors the set of a 90’s sitcom, why not opt for a simple renovation project?  Faux wall paneling makes simple renovation projects a possibility.  They are so simple, that even Paris Hilton could do it!

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Faux wall paneling takes a difficult renovation project such as a kitchen backsplash, stone shower, stone fireplace, or textured accent wall and makes it easy.  First off: all of your materials  come from the same place, our website!  No need to bounce around town comparing stone prices.  At Faux Direct, we manufacture the highest quality faux wall paneling for the least amount of money.  Choose from our wide variety of styles and options all from our ‘Products’ section.  If you want to see it before making a huge purchase, request a free sample!

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Second of all, not much prep work needs to be done.  You can apply faux wall paneling over the existing wall wherever your project is taking place.  No need to scrub away drywall or bust out existing wood.  You will apply simple caulking or glue to the back of the panel and secure it with screws.

Third of all, they are DIY!  Yep, do it yourself. They take several hours to apply, meaning your house will not be out of commission for weeks on end.  Faux brick kitchen backsplash?  No problem, complete it in a single afternoon!  Faux stone fireplace? No big deal, because in a single weekend your living room will be transformed!

In addition to these amazing features that make faux stone paneling a simple way to renovate, you will save an incredible amount of money.  No expensive material fees, tool rentals, or contractor fees. Your panels will last for years to come, and can be used both indoors and out.  Doesn’t get much simpler than that!

October 21, 2016

Curb appeal might be one of the most important factors to your home, especially if you plan on selling someday.  Even if you don’t, however, your curb appeal gives off quite an idea of what you are like.  Are you neat and tidy?  Do you care about taking care of your things?  Or are you unorganized and lazy?  Might sound harsh, but the facts are the facts. And people will judge a book by its cover, no matter what the saying is!

curb-appeal-brick-houseIf your curb appeal is in major need of touching up, then you have come to the right place.  We are going to give you some excellent curb appeal ideas, and to top it off they are budget friendly!

  1. This does not have to cost an arm and a leg.  If your yard is in bad shape, the most you will probably pay is the first time you trim your shrubs in order to clear out the initial clutter.  Trim overgrown shrubs and tree branches, keep your lawn mowed and weeds pulled, and the front of your home will look drastically different.  If you have the time you can do this yourself for even less of a cost!
  2. Paint the front door. The front door can start to look grungy after awhile.  Weather, sprinklers, and just plain old time will start to wear your front door out.  Give it a refreshing new paint of coat.  Opt for a bright color to make a bold statement.  This can be done on your own with affordable paint from your local home improvement store.
  3. Add faux wall paneling. Faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood all look amazing when applied to the front of a home.  They are affordable, durable, and DIY.  It is the cheapest way to get a brick house in a single afternoon!
  4. Upgrade your mailbox. Your neighbor’s as well as the mailman will thank you for this.  Having a nice, clean, updated mailbox will take your curb appeal from drab to fab.  Instead of spray painted numbers on the side or stickers, use nice tin cut outs.  They will look better and last longer.
  5. Replace lighting. Having clean, new lights will illuminate the front of your home as well as make it safer to come in and out.  These can be replaced for as little as $20 per light. You could even opt for vintage lights found at consignment stores.
October 18, 2016

There simply aren’t enough ‘how to’s’ in this world.  Sometimes people cannot even figure out how to brew a pot of coffee. With all of the new techy gadgets out there, can you blame them?  One person popularized the “____ for Dummies” books, which are books that teach you how to do something, whether it be origami or starting your own business.  There are literally dozens of options available. But, sadly the days of bookstores are pretty much gone, and the online world is where people get their information.  Hence, the reason some quality ‘how to’s’ need to be written.

Not to worry, because Faux Direct is here to save the day with a very important ‘how to’.  And that is, how to make a faux brick wall.

FD stone installation exteriorNow, you may be wondering to yourself why on earth you would want faux brick rather than just use the authentic stuff.  We’ll break it down for you and make it really simple:

 

                       

They are more affordable

They are DIY

They do not require messy grout or mortar

They look just as real

They will last longer

You can visit many more reasons why faux wall panels are the way to go in previous blog posts.  But for now, it’s time to how to.  So how exactly does one get started with a faux brick wall?  Well, first you must select your favorite faux brick paneling from our ‘Products’ section.  If you aren’t sure which one you want, order a free sample so you can see what it looks like in person.  Before you place your order, make sure you do the math right in order to get the right amount of square footage.

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Upon arrival, you will need to unbox your panels and let them sit out for 24 hours in the exact location where they will be installed (whether outdoors or indoors).  The reason for this is because they need to get used to the temperature and humidity levels.  Once the 24 hours has passed, gather your basic tools:

 

                       

exact-o knife

drill or screwdriver

caulking or glue

 

Then, you will draw a straight, horizontal line in the middle of the wall in which you are applying. Apply your first panel right in the middle, and then work on either side until you have completed one straight row.  From there you can apply the panels both above and below.  You will make 1 inch cuts as desired on the panels before applying to give them a realistic look.  Put the adhesive on the back, leaving a 1 inch border, and then secure with screws.  When wall is completed, you can cover up any imperfections with the touch up paint. Voila! You now have a gorgeous, faux brick paneled wall.

October 17, 2016

Typically, any type of renovating project is far from a hassle. Once you have an idea in mind, you have to make it actually happen.  And this step in the process can be quite overwhelming. You might have to search all over town for the perfect supplies.  You might have to hire out a contractor to get the job done.  You might have to block off an area of your house during the renovation due to the mess of the construction or inability to use the specific area.  And you most certainly will have to spend a great deal of cash to get the job done.

What if there were a way to renovate your home hassle free?  Would you be interested in hearing more?

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Faux wall paneling makes a hassle free renovation possible. First off, everything you need can be found in one place, our website!  No need to run around to different supply stores.  Simply browse through our inventory on our ‘Products’ page and select the one you want.  We will send you a free sample so you can make sure you absolutely love it before making a purchase.  That in itself sounds like a hassle free process if you ask us!

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Once the panels arrive, all you have to do is unbox them and let them sit out for 24 hours in the humidity/temperature level where they will be installed.  After that day has passed, you can install them! All you need are a few standard tools and simple caulking or glue.  A typical renovation project with faux wall panels takes roughly several hours or a single afternoon to complete.  The best part?  You can do it yourself!

So, knowing those two things you have already eliminated so much of the hassle: cost, preparation time, downtime in the home due to construction, hiring out contractors, and waiting.

Faux wall panels are so affordable, so easy to apply, and so gorgeous once installed.  You can renovate your home in so many ways: accent wall, stone shower, stone fireplace, brick kitchen backsplash, wood exterior paneling, wine cellar, fire pit, and outdoor kitchen!  These are just a few ideas; for a complete list head to the ‘Applications’ section of our website.

Now you have no excuse for putting off that renovation project you’ve been neglecting for the past several years.  Get your faux wall panels today, and create a masterpiece that you will truly enjoy.

October 14, 2016

If you have one or multiple small bedrooms in your home, you understand that decorating it may be a bit tricky.  You have to pick and choose what to include, and you want to make sure to not make the space feel even more cramped than it already is.

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We have a few tips for you that will help you to decorate your small bedroom(s) in the best possible way.

  1. Choose a Light Palette. Incorporating all light and neutral colors into the bedroom is key, as light colors make a space feel larger than it really is.  Dark colors will actually make a room feel small, because they do not reflect as much light.  Choose pale beiges, whites, creams, and grays.  Tie all of these colors in throughout the room by incorporating them into the bedding, chair(s), lampshades, and pillows.
  2. Add Texture. Adding texture to a wall is a great way to ‘decorate’ it without actually hanging things on it. When walls are covered in countless pieces of art and photos, it actually can make the space feel crowded and smaller.  Add faux stone, faux brick, or faux wood to a single wall in the room to add texture, dimension, and decor. It will be the perfect touch in your small space to bring it to life.
  3. Bed Size. It is wise to not put too large of a bed in a small bedroom, as it will crowd the space and make moving around in the room difficult.  Consider two twin beds in a guest room and do not go larger than a queen in the master. This way you will have room for a nightstand and sitting chair as well.
  4. Light. It is important to allow as much light as possible into the bedroom.  Instead of using big, bulky curtains, opt for sheer, lightweight panels.  If you like a dark room at night, add blackout shades that can be retracted up during the day. This way the light will be able to dance around your walls throughout the day and open the space up.
  5. Less is More. Do not get too crazy on the little decor.  Rather than putting knick knacks all over the room, focus on the main stuff: throw pillows, area rug, accent pillow on a chair, one showcase piece of artwork, and one antique.  Your eyes will be drawn to the pieces you have selected without feeling overwhelmed.

 

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