September 18, 2018

Fall break is quickly approaching, and if you are tired of your current design situation, you are not alone.  Many people are ready for that fall makeover, and there is no better time than now to start thinking about it.  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! As the good lady on YouTube once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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).

Faux panels are extremely easy to apply. This benefit is the reason it is possible to redo a section of your home in a single weekend. 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!

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.

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. A step by step installation guide is also included in your package for your convenience. Most people can accomplish a faux wall paneling project in a single afternoon!

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 18, 2018

You want to know the secret ingredient to making your business a success?  Be different. (In a good way, of course.) People like creative, unique things.  There is a reason celebrities are naming their kids things like North and Kulture.  They don’t ‘fit in’ with everyone else. Being different sparks questions and demands attention.  It makes you stand out. We’ve compiled a few tips for making your office or your business stand out, and make it so people remember you like Lady Gaga’s hair.

  1. Eye catching logo. Graphics and design are everything nowadays.  More and more people are shopping right from their phones!  It is easy, convenient, and fast. If you want your brand to stand out, you must have an eye catching logo.  Something that people will remember and know you for. Take Apple for example. You can hardly eat the fruit now without thinking of Macintosh and how they have basically taken over the world.
  2. Unique design. Now that retail space is more important than ever, for your physical storefront, you will want to have a unique interior (and exterior) design. Do something creative like use faux stone paneling along the interior walls of the store.  It will look amazing and make a lasting impression on your customers. And best of all, faux panels are affordable and easy to install.
  3. Awesome website. Your website is also important.  People want a fast way to get information, and your website is a great way to accomplish this.  Implement a mixture of images and text, enough to get your overall message across. Make sure your website is mobile friendly, or you will probably drive away a majority of potential business.
  4. Creative incentive.  People want to feel special, and nothing says special like free stuff.  Put together fun programs and contests on your social media sites. Do random drawings and give away free goods for the winners.  Post interesting and exciting information, and incentivize people to like and share your posts. This will only promote yourselves online and increase the number of people who learn about your brand.
    We hope these tips are able to help out your business! If you are in the retail business, we cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure you have a great-looking storefront and interior. If you need helping choosing faux panels that would work with “your look” give us a call!
September 13, 2018

Our society is trending towards living more simply. Less distractions and more focus on what is important to us in our lives. 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?

 

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.
  2. 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!
  3. DIY.A simpler way to renovate is by finding DIY friendly projects.  Although it may intimidate you at first, you will probably surprise yourself throughout the process. An extremely easy DIY project that also makes a huge change is Faux Wall Paneling.  You can use them both on interior and exterior walls 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.
  4. 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.

Hopefully, these tips help you as you prepare for your next home DIY project, and as you prepare to SIMPLIFY your life. Remember to check out our website and see our new faux wall colors we have in for the fall.

September 13, 2018

When most people think about incorporating faux wall paneling into a design project, they tend to think strictly about indoor uses. This would be a terrible oversight, as there are many ways faux wall paneling can be used for an exterior purpose.

Faux is a great addition to exterior walls because of the high quality polyurethane material they are made 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. The panels 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

What are you waiting for? Get started today by browsing our website and finding the perfect panel for your exterior walls!

July 26, 2018

Summertime is beginning to come to a close and families are beginning to prepare for the return to school. This is a popular time for those final summer projects to get squeezed in before your schedule becomes too crazy! As you look around your home, we want to talk about a new way to spruce up your style.

Exposed brick in the home has quickly risen in popularity in home design. This design element is often found in industrial and urban apartments, lofts, restaurants, converted warehouse spaces and even historical buildings. Exposed brick is coveted by many, but usually it is a look that is only available in order homes.

Thankfully, what you may not know, is that the brick look can still be achieved inexpensively with faux brick panels! This trick is an easy, cheap, do-it-yourself project.

Faux Brick Materials

Faux brick panels come in many different forms. Some are made from cement that has been formed into molds that are made from real bricks to help give it an authentic textured look. Others are made from actual clay substance so that it can provide the exact same look and feel of real brick. You can also find real brick that has been cut into thin tiles.

The most lightweight option on the market, however, are Faux Direct’s faux wall panels. They are made from a polyurethane plastic material making them extremely lightweight, but are still formed from real brick, giving them that real brick style and texture.

Using Faux Brick as an Accent
The best part about the faux brick panels, is the versatility involved in bringing attention to your the important parts of your home. Use it on your fireplace to make an otherwise average fireplace a gorgeous focal point in the room. When you want to emphasize the height of a tall wall in your place, the brick can be taken all the way to the ceiling and also be used to create the impression of having tall walls when they are lacking.  Wrap an otherwise bland kitchen island or home bar in them. You can even use them outside to increase the curb appeal of your home. The options are endless when it comes to faux brick panels.

Embellishing Faux Brick
Keep in mind that faux brick can even be pained to suite your style. When going this route, make sure that a latex primer is used first. This will ensure that you have good coverage and that the paint will have good adhesion to the faux brick. There are several styles you can choose from here:

– A cleaner and a more updated look could be a shade of either white or gray.
– Hip and modern looks could be more of a bold and bright color such as turquoise, a sunny  yellow or coral.

A whitewash finish can be given to the faux paneling when you paint the grout lines with a white primer, as well. Then once the primer dries, put a small amount of a white paint of your choosing onto a dry brush then wipe most of it off. Once that is done, lightly feather the paint all across your paneling.
A spray bottle that is filled with water can be used to help even out the thicker spots. Make sure to practice different painting techniques on a spare panel before doing it on your actual panels to be installed your home! This will help to ensure there are no permanent mess-ups.

Whatever you choose, we hope you feel like you can make your home, YOU. Check out our website today to see what panels we have available to kickstart your final summer project!

July 19, 2018

It’s summertime, and the walls of the house are starting to look like they need some love. The itch to make some changes sets in, and the thoughts begin to start to creep into your head. Where to begin?!

 

The best way to enhance your walls is with beautiful wall coverings. There are more and more types and styles of wall coverings being made, and the desire for them is becoming increasingly popular. Faux panels have risen steadily in popularity, as there is an expansive range of styles to choose from. At the base level, a wall covering can be used to cover a certain wall for utilitarian purposes or for decorative purposes.

However, it is important to think through the long-term implications of the wall coverings that you can put into your home. Your choice of wall coverings for your room will vastly affect your room’s design and function. Follow the guidelines below to ensure that you pick out the best wall covering for your perfect home.

Create a (realistic) Budget!
Wall treatments come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Because of this, it’s easy to spend anywhere from a small amount of money to thousands of dollars on the perfect wall covering. If you are looking to buy a wall covering for your home, you should determine how much you are willing to spend or can realistically afford to spend before starting your shopping process. If you do this at the beginning, it will save a considerable amount of time as the options start to flood in.

Think About Purpose!
William Wordsworth once said “Pictures deface walls more often than they decorate them.” Before you begin picking out and purchasing wall coverings, think about the purpose of the room. Don’t just hang up any old picture when instead you could put in a beautiful wall covering. What is the vision behind each wall? You want the wall coverings to blend well with the existing style of the room.

 

Remember, walls in a high traffic area need more upkeep. For example, light swatches on a high traffic wall tend to show more fingerprints, and dining room walls might receive more furniture scratches from chair backs. Clean treatments are most preferred for walls that tend to have a lot of action.

Endless Options
As mentioned earlier, there are many different wall coverings, and you should choose the right cover that suits your décor, budget, and room’s functionality.

The least expensive wall covering is actually paint. Paint comes in a variety of finishes and is easy to clean up. Pain excels in creating decorative finishes on the walls. These finishes are called faux finishes, and you can use this technique to create faux leather, fauxstone, or even faux marble.

Wallpaper and tile are two other good options. Wallpaper is fairly inexpensive while tile falls on the higher end of the price scale. The best part about wallpaper is the easy ability to clean it and it’s ability to cover flaws in the wall. Tile is nice because tiles come in a large array of materials such as marble, porcelain, ceramic, and granite. There are also all sorts of fun new shapes and patterns of tiles available to give you any look your going for from a sleek and modern design to old and rustic.

Our favorite wall covering option is of course, faux wall panels. Faux Panels are easy to install and therefore a great DIY project. Faux panels are also affordable and come in several options such as wood, brick, stone, and even bamboo. They are also very durable and resistant to high traffic, as they can be easily cleaned with water and a rag to remove any spills or fingerprints. When you are looking for the perfect blend of flexibility and creativity, go no further.

July 12, 2018

Have you been thinking of updating your home? Home improvement projects such as wall addition, repair, and replacement, are fairly routine and if done well can go a long way to enhance the layout and functionality of the home for years. This article will give you some tips and ideas when preparing for the next big home improvement!

Make sure the size of the project is taken into consideration when starting home repairs. Think about the number of procedures that will be needed to complete everything. Projects like: Drywall texturing, installation of moisture resistant drywall, nail pop repair and extensive room separation using fauxstoneand other materials all can take time and money. It is important to think ahead and have a plan in place.
There are several reasons a homeowner can be pushed to undertake drywall repairs.

  • Emerging cracks
  • Moisture damage
  • Mice damage
  • Doorknob holes
  • General wall wear and tear

That is why drywall replacements are needed. Drywall replacements allow the option of more durability along with weather proofing. The application of a moisture resistant drywall is appropriate in areas where moisture is perverse like the basement, kitchen, bathroom and garage. The replacement walls also look really nice! Various textures can be applied to give the room different looks.

Some of the most practical drywall texturing options to consider include; popcorn drywall texturing, knockdown drywall texturing and orange peel drywall texturing. The popcorn drywall texturing often creates a thick and elaborate finish on the drywall. The thickness is attained by allowing the drywall to mix naturally without flattening the compound once it is placed on the wall. The orange peel drywall, on the other hand, exudes a compact rough appearance. The texture is never smoothened to create a flat surface. If your home is prone to moisture damage and mold, it is very important to install a moisture resistant drywall in spite of its steep price.

But remember, changing and updating the home should be fun! The goal should be to remain cost-efficient while staying flexible with options. That is why faux panels are so great, as there a wide variety of shapes and designs that you can choose from. Below are 3 popular room separation design ideas that can be implemented at home:

  • Add a half wall to create a separation that does not negate the notion of one large room.
  • Create a new room by erecting a full wall on the interior of the house
  • Use creative dividers such as bookshelves.

Finally, try and incorporate faux stone into your home repair. Faux stone provides true flexibility and allows for ultimate creativity. Enjoy the incredible variety of colors and textures than will allow you to make your home the best it can look.

June 21, 2018

While everyone has their own style preference, the rustic look is definitely one that is sought after.  The rustic style embodies natural textures, it is simple and filled with earthy tones and textures, and radiates an organic warmth.  It is a style that makes you feel cozy the second you walk through the door.
If you’re looking to achieve this design style in your home, you’ve come to the right place.  We are going to give you a few tips on how to achieve the rustic look:

  • Decide on a Color Palette
    The rustic style, as previously mentioned, embodies an earthy feel.  Therefore, your colors should fall into this category. Think tans, grays, creams, whites and hues of brown.  A great way to accomplish this is to choose a very neutral wall color and then accentuate that color with furniture, throw pillows, area rugs, and wall decor.  The perfect combination of earthy tones is what will lay the foundation of your rustic home design.
  •  Wood, Wood and more Wood
    The rustic style often presents with a surplus of natural wood.  Wood can be incorporated through furniture pieces: an old barn door turned coffee table, raw wood four poster bed, classic wood floors, or even wood paneled ceilings and walls.
    Insider Tip: consider the use of faux wood panels to save a great deal of time and money.  Faux wood panels are DIY, and far more affordable than authentic wood. As beautiful as it is, authentic wood can be hard to come by and put a pretty big dent in the bank account!
  • Texturize
    Adding texture to a room is the perfect way to provide varying visual effects.  Texture can be added through different materials and the way they are arranged in a particular room.  For example, a living room can have sleek wood floors, a chunky wool area rug, paired with linen furniture.  The differences in textures will be pleasing to the eye and add variation, unlike the monochromatic vibe of style such as modern.
  • Floors
    Floors are everything.  It is imperative you choose the proper material here.  If you opt for tile, you are going to get more of a beachy/mediterranean feel.  If you opt for carpet, you are going to achieve more of a classic feel. The best flooring materials to use for a rustic style are timber or stone.  You can decrease loud noises and add a homey vibe with area rugs as well as your furniture selection.
  • Accessorize
    Once you have the perfect color palette, the right flooring, and plenty of wood, the final way to achieve the rustic look will be through the addition of accessories.  A great way to do this is by adding plenty of plants (no one will know if you use real ones or not!). Plants bring the outdoors inside, bringing the earthy feel full circle.
    It is also fun to add antiques such as vintage grandfather clocks, ladders or window frames that can be repurposed indoors, patchwork quilts and vintage vases.  When people walk in your home, they won’t get the feel that they just walked into a Pier 1 Imports, like the rest of all of their friends’ houses.  Instead, they will feel as if they’ve entered a cozy, inviting place filled with character and unique style.
June 11, 2018

So you’ve made the decision to purchase a new house.  We suppose a ‘congratulations’ are in order.  You are now entering one of the most exhilarating, stressful, anxiety-provoking, and amazing times of your life.

Did we mention exciting?

Listen, let’s be real here.  Purchasing a home is an emotional roller coaster.  There are so many moving parts, and unfortunately things that can go wrong.  As long as you end up in a place you feel comfortable, love, and want to come home to each day- it’ll all be worth it in the end.

We are going to give you some tips and tricks on buying a home.  Hopefully this’ll ease the process a bit for you:

  1. Decide How You Will Afford It

This might feel super obvious…..and that’s kinda because it is.  But believe it or not people, some go into this process without having a full understanding of their finances.

Do you have money for a down payment?  Do you know how what type of mortgage you want to have?  Do you qualify for a pre-approval?  Can you financially afford the monthly mortgage payment?

Many people make the mistake of putting every dollar they have into a new home purchase.  The only thing you’ll end up doing here is making yourself house poor.  No bueno.  There’s nothing wrong with purchasing something below your means so you can adequately afford it and maintain a comfortable lifestyle (you know, like continuing to eat each week?).

  1. Decide What Type of House You Want: Fixer Upper or Turn Key

There are two types of people in this world: handy ones and not so handy ones.  If you’re handy, you should do yourself the favor of purchasing a fixer upper.  Not only are there a gazillion TV shows, magazines, blog posts, etc. on how-to fix up a home, but if you’re handy then you already have the creative bone in your body that will be needed.  And you will profit in the end.

If you’re going for a fixer upper, look for something well below your budget.  Look for something that…

..you guessed it

…needs fixing up. You can absolutely add value to a home this way.  You can do so by re-painting, updating appliances/hardware/countertops, changing out floors, and so on.  There are many ways to do this affordably (i.e. second hand shopping, DIY projects like faux wall paneling with faux stone, faux brick or faux wood, and taking your time!).  In the end, when you go to sell, you will make a profit on top of the original purchase price.

If you’re not a handy person, that’s okay!  You will just have to spend a little more money up front for a house that is ready to rock n’ roll.  Also, you’ll need to be okay if not every little detail is exactly to your liking.  Your profit may not be as big when you re-sell, but you won’t have to concern yourself with remodeling projects, etc.

  1. Shop & Seal the Deal

Last but not least, you have to go looking for the house!  Find yourself a good realtor, and don’t stop until you know you’ve found ‘the one’.  It’s better to look at more than enough houses to make sure you know you’re getting the best deal and you won’t go back on your original decision.

Once you’ve found ‘the one’, it’s time to seal the deal! Go in under asking, and try to get the price down a bit.  (This one will just help you sleep at night ;)..)  Once the financing process is over, you will be able to take a huge sigh of relief and enjoy your new home!

 

We hope this little guide will help you in your search to finding the perfect house to call your own!

June 4, 2018

Who doesn’t love a good plant?  Besides Scrooge, the Grinch, Voldemort (I mean, He Who Must Not Be Named), and anyone else who just simply hates life, we can all pretty much agree that plants are awesome.  They add a pop of color while livening up a space and cleaning the air simultaneously (inexpensively).  Doesn’t get much better than that.  This is why they are considered the interior designer’s ‘secret weapon’.

Many people say they won’t use plants as decor because they “don’t have a green thumb” or because they kill everything they touch.

Hear ye hear ye.

I was once one of you, until I educated myself.  The secret to not killing plants is to choose the proper plant for the space.  Although we are the faux wall paneling experts, and we love all things faux brick, faux stone, and faux wood, we are going to give you some tips on how to choose the right plants for the specific area you are decorating. 

Best Plants for an Office Space

Most office spaces have minimal to zero lighting.  A great way to make that a little less depressing is by adding plants to your desk.  Some plants that will thrive in little to no light and water:

Spider Plant.  Don’t let their name fool you! They look nothing like a spider.

Snake Plant.  These things are practically immortal.

 

Best Plants for a Living Room

Unlike the office, your living room hopefully gets indirect sunlight throughout the day.  Here are some great plants that don’t need tons of light, but thrive with several hours of indirect sunlight per day:

Cacti.  Cacti do great in natural light and only have to be watered once a week!

Air plants.  Air plants are great because they don’t even require soil!  You can literally stick them in whatever you please, and the only maintenance they require is to be dunked in water for 2-3 hours every 10 days or so.

Best Plants for a Bathroom

Why not have plants in your bathroom?  Bathrooms have feelings too, ya know.  They can totally be spruced up with the addition of a plant.  The following are great because they need little water maintenance, but do great in a humid environment:

Succulents

Succulents do need sunlight, so if your bathroom doesn’t have a window then this is not an option for you.  If it does, however, you’re in the clear.  These bad boys hardly need water (once per week), love light, and are less work than a Tamagotchi.

Bamboo

If your bathroom has little to no light, then this is the plant for you.  In addition to needing very little water, they are considered “lucky”!

 

 

Give these a shot, and you’ll quickly amaze yourself at your newfound ‘green thumb’ abilities!

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