December 30, 2016

Hallways can tend to feel a bit drab, especially when you do not know what to do with the space. Contrary to popular belief, however, the hallway is just as important as the rest of your home.  After all, hallways are the spaces that connect you to each room.

No matter what type of hallway you are working with: long, short, narrow, wide, you can make it just as special as the rest of your house.  Here’s how:

  1. A Colorful Rug. Adding this feature is a great way to make a narrow hallway feel wider.  It adds a bold, powerful pop of color that will immediately transform the space.  If you can’t find one long enough, consider piecing several together to create your very own runner.
  2. Wall Gallery. This is a popular feature in hallway design, and reasonably so.  The hallway walls can be the place to display family photos, arranged in gallery style.  Use matching frames for a classic look, or mismatching colors and sizes for an eclectic look.  You can also mix and match to add artwork too.  Consider adding three dimensional objects and hang them on the wall to add something unexpected.
  3. Faux Wall Paneling. A great way to take a wall and transform it instantly is by adding texture.  Faux wall paneling is a great way to do this, because you can add the look of stone, brick, or wood without paying the typical prices for it.  The panels are made from a synthetic material and designed to look exactly like the real deal, and they make a bold statement when placed on a wall.
  4. If you have a wide hallway, lucky for you.  Take advantage of this space by adding built in cabinetry.  You can use the space to store linens as well as display additional photos and artwork.
  5. Pendant Lighting. Most hallways do not have much lighting, so artificial lighting is required.  Instead of traditional lights, consider adding pendant lights to make a statement.  To really go above and beyond, hang several matching ones in a row, lining the hallway ceiling.
  6. This is not only a great design element, but a great wall protective barrier as well.  Because a hallway is a heavy traffic area, this feature is highly sought after.  Use faux wood paneling to create a gorgeous wainscoting all by yourself!
December 29, 2016

If your’e going to make any new years resolution this year, it should be to Go Faux in 2017.  If you don’t know the reasons why, you have landed in the right place.

 

Here are the top 7 reasons that you should go faux in your interior/exterior home or business design.

  1. Faux Wall Panels are Affordable. Isn’t that music to your ears?  There aren’t many things more satisfying than saving money.  If you were to use authentic stone, brick, or wood, guaranteed you would spend more money.  The materials themselves are expensive, as well as labor costs to get them installed.
  2. Faux Wall Panels are DIY. Hello, 2017! DIY is taking over the universe, why not jump on board?  Why hire a professional when you can do it yourself?  A typical faux wall project only takes several hours, because the panels are lightweight and easy to install.
  3. Faux Wall Panels are Installed with Everyday Tools. Yep, it’s true.  No need to run to Home Depot and rent some crazy tool.  All you need is a standard screwdriver/drill, an exact-o knife, and caulking. Easy as 1-2-3.
  4. Faux Wall Panels are Waterproof. This is beneficial in many scenarios.  Number one, if you were to use faux stone paneling, for example, in your shower, it makes them incredibly easy to clean.  We have all been in showers where the grout in between tile is gunked up with mold and who knows what else.  Not with faux wall paneling!  They are made from polyurethane which is impervious to moisture.  All you have to do is wipe them off with a damp towel and you are good to go.  No harsh cleaning materials necessary.
  5. Faux Wall Panels are Weatherpoof. In addition to being waterproof, faux wall paneling is designed to withstand the effects of all types of weather: hot, cold, snow, rain, sleet, you name it.
  6. Faux Wall Panels Look Gorgeous. Faux brick, stone, and wood that looks like authentic brick, stone and wood.  What’s not to love?  The panels begin in foam form and are cast from their authentic counterpart. Once dried, they are painted to match them exactly. They will not crack, dent or chip and will look amazing for years to come.
  7. Faux Wall Panels are Versatile. In addition to being affordable, this is probably their greatest feature.  So many applications can be done with faux wall paneling: accent walls, kitchen backsplashes, shower design, business design, monument signs, exterior paneling, landscape design, and the list goes on.  No matter what situation, personal or business, indoors or out, faux wall paneling can meet your needs.
December 28, 2016

It’s almost the New Year, so now is a better time than ever to add some refreshment to your life.  Fresh your state of mind and your home by following these cost-effective tips.

Keyword: cost-effective.  Ain’t nobody want to break the bank!

  1. Add Plants. We aren’t talking about the fake kind here.  Nothing more will refresh your home like live potted plants.  Not only will they add a pop of green in the middle of the cold, blustery winter, but they will also freshen the air!  The most popular indoor plants are ficus, philodendrons, and ferns.  Make sure to water them daily and give them at least four to six hours of sunlight.
  2. Rearrange Framed Photos. Forget going out and buying all new things. Instead, rearrange what you currently have.  Consider taking framed photos that were sitting on side tables and hanging them on a wall in a unique way. This way you can create a fun gallery as well as open up space on desks, tables, and mantles.
  3. Brighten it Up. The best way to make the gloomy winter days feel brighter is to let in the light.  Replace bulky, heavy window treatments with gauzy curtains.  Paint the walls light, neutral colors to open up the space. Use crisp white linens and don’t go overboard with the accessories.
  4. Add Texture. This does not have to be expensive, in fact, it can be very inexpensive.  Create a stone accent wall or a brick kitchen backsplash using faux wall paneling.  At Faux Direct, you can find a wide variety of faux brick, stone, and wood.  All of them are affordable, DIY, and will last for a long time.  They look incredibly real, but cost about half the price.
  5. Re-Paint Furniture. Over time, wear and tear happens.  Nothing makes something look newer than a fresh coat of paint.  Sand down old pieces and paint them a fun, bright color.  Do the same thing to your kitchen cabinets and add new hardware for a totally new and refreshing look.
  6. Rearrange Your Furniture. One thing that will totally change your perspective is to move your furniture around and create new settings. De-clutter by removing any items you no longer use and donate them or sell them.
  7. Welcome the New Season. Winter, like every season, comes and goes.  Welcome the fact that spring is just around the corner with a bouquet of flowers or potted paperwhites.
December 27, 2016

Foosball, air hockey, and ping pong- what’s not to love? The game room is the spot in the house where the kids can hang screen-free for hours on end.  It’s great for entertaining, and makes your house the spot for all the kids to gather.

There are many reasons to create a super fun spot in your home, but here are the top 7 reasons why:

  1. Perfect for Parties. Ever wonder where you are going to have everyone gather?  And once everyone is there, do you scratch your head wondering what you’ll do?  Ping pong and pool make for excellent icebreakers. Keep the mood lively with bright colors and funky accessories.
  2. It’s a Bonus in a Vacation Home. What happens when it rains?  What do you do after a long day at the beach?  Hang in the game room of course!  Having a game room is an added bonus to any vacation home, making it that more enjoyable.
  3. It Can be Elegant. There aren’t any rules written anywhere that state the game room has to be decked out in a sports theme or something of the like. Add wood flooring, gorgeous artwork, and a brick accent wall with faux brick panels to make the room as elegant as you’d like.
  4. Fun for the Whole Family. You can tailor a game room to match the likes of every person in the family.  Game rooms are a one size fits all, offering plenty to do for everyone.  Consider lots of portable furniture so you can arrange it as necessary depending on what activity you are doing.
  5. Can be Unexpected. The game room doesn’t have to be a special room added on to the home. If you have a large kitchen that you eat in and don’t see a need for the dining room, transform it into the game room! You can do the same for the home office or an extra bedroom.
  6. Cheap Entertainment. It’s easy to spend lots of money on entertainment: movies, go-karting, mini golf, and whatever else kids do these days. Why not save a few bucks and provide entertainment right in your very own home? Add a projector with theater seats and create your very own home theater!
  7. Can be Part Time. If you don’t have an entire room in the house to devote to a game room, no problem! You can still squeeze the game room into your existing layout.  Consider purchasing a ping pong net that can be used on your dining table.  Devote a few cabinets to board games, and hang up a dart board!
December 26, 2016

Many people are turned off by renovation and remodeling projects simply for the fact that they are really not simple at all.  They are time consuming, expensive, and can add a whole new layer of stress to a family.  In fact, many people say that nothing will test a relationship much like a home renovation project.  People can go head to head when they are forced to make that many decisions about materials, time, how to allocate funds, etc. as well as living in a house that is turned upside down for weeks on end.

What if there was a simpler way to do this?

Lucky for you, there is, thanks to faux wall paneling from Faux Direct.  Faux wall paneling makes renovating a home simple.  For starters, there is no mess.  That causes half the stress!  Secondly, they are affordable.  Isn’t that a word that brings music to your ears?  Last but not least, they are DIY and will last for years to come.  Does it get any better than that?

At Faux Direct, we have a wide variety of faux stone, faux brick, and faux wood paneling.  All of our paneling, we repeat, all of them can be used both indoors and out.  They are made from a high quality polyurethane material that begins in foam form and is cast from the authentic counterpart. Once dried, it is painted to match exactly, and the results are astounding.  They are extremely lightweight (unlike the real deal) which makes them very easy to install.  All you need are a few standard tools and simple caulking or glue.

Are you picking up what we are throwing down here? No contractor fees.

There is no mess when installing faux wall panels because they are easily applied directly to the existing wall surface.  No need to sand down drywall or anything crazy like that.  A typical project only takes several hours to install; a stark contrast to several weeks like a typical renovation project. This means your home will not be in complete upheaval, forcing you to eat at Outback Steakhouse for the umpteenth time (if you’re into that sorta thing).

Faux wall paneling can be used for a wide variety of applications, including accent walls, fireplace coverings, kitchen backsplashes, shower wall covering, exterior paneling, outdoor kitchens, landscape design, and so forth.  Nearly any renovation project you can dream up, faux wall paneling can be your solution, and will do so in a simple way!

December 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again. Time to take out your Christmas decorations and hang your stockings on the fireplace. It’s time for you and your family to go cut down that Christmas tree and deck it out in ornaments and garland. Everything about this time is wonderful, except one. You’re bored of the same old same old decorations and color schemes. Green and red just aren’t doing it for you anymore, and you want a change. Well, you’ve come to right place. Here we’ll show you some unique and different ways to incorporate more non-traditional Christmas colors into your holiday season.

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No, we don’t mean Elvis’s version of a Blue Christmas. But blue is a color that is often neglected in Christmas décor, yet it pretty much is the official color of winter. Plus, there are so many shades, making it the most versatile color to use during the holiday season. For instance, if you love or live near a beach and want to go for a more nautical theme, blue is your color. Try using white lights, with blue ornaments, and accent with white sand dollars or seashells.

If you prefer a more modern and chic look, then use blue as your statement color. Go for a white frosted tree, animal print rug, and use blue for your ornaments and décor. Accent with silvers to give your modern look a polished finish.

 

Party With Pink

That’s right, pink is now a color of Christmas. A pale pink tree is the perfect touch to any little girl’s room. And trust us when we say she’ll love it. Decorate the tree with whites and baby blues, and give her a matching pink stocking to finish off the look.

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Royal Purple is actually a beautiful color to be used this time of year. It’s unique and adds a certain touch of sophistication and luxury to your home. Decorate your tree with purple and white ornaments, while throwing in a couple splashes of blue. Use purple wrapping paper for your gifts, and even add in a few touches of gold to really make you feel like a queen.

K.I.S.S It

By this we mean, keep it simple stupid. If this year is just absolutely insane for you, and you don’t really feel like investing the time you normally do into decorating. Then have no fear, natural and simple can always be beautiful. Instead of buying a giant tree, just get a small potted one. Keep decorations to the minimum, but what you do use let them be neutral and wood tones. For an added touch of the holidays, maybe place a few decorative baskets of pinecones around your home. Finish this look off Christmas morning by wrapping your presents in brown recycled wrapping paper and accent with a colored ribbon. Not only does it look nice, but it’s earth friendly as well.

Fruit Is No Longer Just for Fruitcake

If you want a bright and healthy vibe this holiday season, consider decorating your garland and tree with citrus fruit. It not only looks beautiful, but smells amazing as well. It’s a natural and environmentally friendly way to bring the holiday cheer into your home this season.

Let It Shine Let It Shine Let It Shine

Gold and glitter are always fun choices during the Christmas season. This combination is a sure fire to brighten up any room, and it brings a sense of magic into the home. Decorate the tree with white lights and big gold bulbs. Fill it in with white glittery ornaments, and even frost the tips of your tree. If you can, find a gold glittery tree skirt, and let your decorations around your house match the tree.

 

The list could continue to go on and on of different color choices. So, get creative this year. Don’t just settle for the status quo. Because after all, Christmas only comes once a year, so when it does, make it count and make it magical.

December 22, 2016

Ever heard the expression: less is more?  Too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. For example: food.

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Same goes for interior design.  You never want to overdo a space with the same elements.  Have you ever visited a home that made you feel like you just got off a time traveling machine and woke up in 1974?  Thank you dark yellow shag carpet and floral wallpaper.  Who knows what people were thinking in the 70s, but that’s a topic for another day.

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When you select elements you absolutely love and have to have, consider using balance when implementing them.  Instead of painting a whole room a bright color, use bright accent pillows or a bright rug.  If you love the look of stone, add an accent wall or a stone fireplace.  If you love wood, instead of making the whole room a ‘wood room’ (you know what we are talking about here), add wainscoting or wood beams to the ceiling.  There are ways to tastefully add elements without overdoing it.

A touch of faux wall paneling is the perfect way to balance out a room’s interior design.  It adds the perfect amount of texture and style without going totally overboard.  There are many ways to do this:

  1. Faux Stone Panels. Add faux stone panels to a kitchen by creating a backsplash.  You can even use it around a kitchen island.  It will be subtle, yet still make a lasting impression.
  2. Faux Brick Panels. Faux brick looks amazing when applied to a fireplace or even used in a bathroom shower.
  3. Faux Wood Panels. Faux wood can be used to create an accent wall in a home office or even as wainscoting up a staircase.

There are many other ways this can be done, but these still give you a good idea.  People love faux wall paneling for several reasons: it is affordable, easy to install, and durable.  The other option is to purchase authentic materials and hire someone to put them in for you!  No thank you! Faux wall paneling from Faux Direct is DIY and can be applied with a few standard tools in a matter of hours.  The panels themselves are super affordable as well!  In addition to this, they will last for years to come, as they are made from a high quality polyurethane material.

If you are looking to make a big statement without going overboard in your next design project, consider adding a touch of faux!

December 21, 2016

Everyone loves to save a buck here and there, whether it’s coupon clipping, Amazon Prime Day, BOGO, or taking advantage of monthly promotions.  In any situation where money is to be spent, it is wise to shop around and make sure you are getting the best possible deal.  The less money you spend, the more is leftover in your pocket when it’s all said and done.

When it comes to home or business renovations, getting the most bang for your buck is key as it is very easy to spend a good amount of money when taking on one of these projects.  Once you add up all that is involved including material and contractor fees, having any money leftover in your pocket may seam like an impossible feat.  It is wise, prior to taking on a renovation project, to shop around in order to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal out there.

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At Faux Direct we can assure you that by selecting any one of our faux wall paneling options you are getting the most bang for your buck.  You can select from faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood paneling.  Our panels are made from a high quality polyurethane foam and our costs are extremely competitive.  In addition to the polyurethane being more affordable than the authentic materials, the fact that all of our products are manufactured right here in the USA saves our customers copious amounts of money.  In addition to saving money, you are also contributing to our country’s economy growth!  It’s a win-win situation.

If you were to complete a stone fireplace project, for example, you would spend thousands in the stone alone.  On top of that, you would have to hire out someone to install it (unless you are the handiest man in town).  Even if you were able to install it yourself, you would absolutely be paying hefty costs for tool and machine rentals.  Not to mention the mess incurred when cutting and placing stone is pretty significant.  By selecting faux wall paneling, you can accomplish a stone fireplace without spending thousands of dollars.  The only things required to install are a few standard tools and caulk or glue, and you can do it yourself!  By taking on a DIY project in addition to smart shopping for materials, you will absolutely get the most bang for your buck in your next renovation project.

December 21, 2016

Everyone loves to save a buck here and there, whether it’s coupon clipping, Amazon Prime Day, BOGO, or taking advantage of monthly promotions.  In any situation where money is to be spent, it is wise to shop around and make sure you are getting the best possible deal.  The less money you spend, the more is leftover in your pocket when it’s all said and done.

When it comes to home or business renovations, getting the most bang for your buck is key as it is very easy to spend a good amount of money when taking on one of these projects.  Once you add up all that is involved including material and contractor fees, having any money leftover in your pocket may seam like an impossible feat.  It is wise, prior to taking on a renovation project, to shop around in order to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal out there.

Wall Panels

At Faux Direct we can assure you that by selecting any one of our faux wall paneling options you are getting the most bang for your buck.  You can select from faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood paneling.  Our panels are made from a high quality polyurethane foam and our costs are extremely competitive.  In addition to the polyurethane being more affordable than the authentic materials, the fact that all of our products are manufactured right here in the USA saves our customers copious amounts of money.  In addition to saving money, you are also contributing to our country’s economy growth!  It’s a win-win situation.

If you were to complete a stone fireplace project, for example, you would spend thousands in the stone alone.  On top of that, you would have to hire out someone to install it (unless you are the handiest man in town).  Even if you were able to install it yourself, you would absolutely be paying hefty costs for tool and machine rentals.  Not to mention the mess incurred when cutting and placing stone is pretty significant.  By selecting faux wall paneling, you can accomplish a stone fireplace without spending thousands of dollars.  The only things required to install are a few standard tools and caulk or glue, and you can do it yourself!  By taking on a DIY project in addition to smart shopping for materials, you will absolutely get the most bang for your buck in your next renovation project.

December 20, 2016

Typical home improvement projects involve materials that the average person wouldn’t necessarily consider to be ‘safe’.  This can be a concern for families with small children and pets, as hazardous materials can be dangerous and negatively impact one’s health.  Many people avoid home improvement projects, such as replacing drywall, painting, or even installing stone or brick simply to lower their chances of something negatively impacting another individual. With faux wall paneling, this does not need to be a concern, as they provide a hazard free way to accomplish a wide number of home improvement projects.

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At Faux Direct, all of our panels are made from synthetic material.  While they are designed to replicate stone, brick, and wood exactly- they do not contain the same elements nor the same materials required to install them.  With wood cutting comes a lot of sawdust.  With brick and stone installation comes a lot of messy mortar that can get in places you didn’t know were possible. All that is required to install faux wall paneling is simple caulking or glue, which goes directly on the back of the panel and then immediately onto the wall.  They are then applied with screws.  That is it! If you want to cut them to change up the sizes, it can be easily done using an exact-o knife.  The panels are made from high quality polyurethane foam, which will cut neatly without the worry of miscellaneous particles flying every which way.

One of the main reasons home improvement projects can be hazardous, aside from the chemicals, is the time that the projects take to install.  When drywall is being ripped off and replaced, there will be a good week’s time where there is a constant mess in the house, increasing the exposure time people and pets will have to any of the building materials.  Faux wall paneling, on the other hand, can be installed in literally a single afternoon.  The panels come pre-cut, and ready to go.  The only thing you have to do is adhere them to the wall.  They are already painted to look exactly like their authentic counterparts, so you won’t have to worry about harmful fumes filling up the home.

There are so many options for faux wall paneling home improvement projects, including accent walls, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, kitchen backsplashes, bathroom design, and exterior siding.  For a full list of applications head to our ‘Applications’ section on our website.

 

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