October 18, 2018

What better way to emphasize the awesome-ness of faux wall panels than to go through the alphabet and quite literally, spell it out? For the next couple weeks, we are going to take some time to go through each letter of the alphabet and point out some amazing qualities that faux wall panels have to offer.

A is for Affordable
Who doesn’t love to save money?  When it comes to remodeling your home or business, you can easily spend a pretty penny.  All it takes is one episode of Fixer Upper to get your design lust going at full blast and you could drain your bank account in 10 minutes flat.  

Instead of hemorrhaging cash, why not save money by using products that are actually affordable?  

Take an accent wall, for example.  Let’s go with brick. If you used authentic brick, not only would you have to

  • purchase all the brick

But you would also have to

  • hire someone to install it.  Unless you are some sort of secret Bob the Builder type.

Instead of doing all of that (not to mention the mess), you could use faux brick panels.  They are installed yourself (so no expensive contractor fees) and the only other thing you need are some screws and liquid nails.  Ba da bing, ba da boom.

B is for Beautiful

Not to be super lame, but come on, faux wall panels are beautiful.  Have you seen them? They literally look like authentic brick, stone and wood.  They are cast from the authentic material using a moulding and polyurethane. They are then painted to match their authentic counterparts exactly.  They look and feel exactly the same. The only giveaway? How light weight they are!

C is for Cut-able
Okay, okay, so cut-able isn’t actually a real word.  But we could petition to make it one, right? Faux wall panels can be cut to fit into any space.  This is one of the coolest aspects of these products.  

What you’ll first do is measure your square footage that you need to cover, and then look at the square footage coverage of the particular panel you’re interested in.  Most of our panels range from 7-10 square feet. Then, you order the number of panels to fit your need. However, in most cases, you’ll have a little extra, and that’s okay.  All you gotta do is cut the panel (which can be easily done with an exact-o knife) to fit your exact space.  

Stay tuned for more letters next week, folks!

October 4, 2018

Fall is here folks.  Well, at least for those of you that live in cooler climates.  Personally, I live where the sun practically assaults you every time you walk out your door, the Sunshine State. (Even though Colorado is technically the state that gets the most hours of sunshine, but that’s a conversation for another day.)  

No matter where you live, decorating for Fall is fun.  There’s something comforting about it. I believe it all boils down to nostalgia.  As a kid, you couldn’t care less if you had pumpkins and mums on your front porch, you don’t remember the centerpiece your mom worked so diligently on for your kitchen table, and pumpkin spiced lattes definitely weren’t a part of your vocabulary.  But what you do remember are the smells, the feel of the weather turning crisp and cooler, the leaves changing colors and littering the grass with hues of orange and red, the football games, and the hot apple cider.  Flash forward to adulthood: decorating for Fall brings all those feels back. (There are certain places who need to take a chill pill and wait to display their fall decor inventory until at least September: we see you Michaels, Costco & Hobby Lobby.  But again, that’s a conversation for another day.)

Here at Faux Direct, we know all about getting ready for Fall.  Here are some of our favorite ways to welcome the season and the holidays to follow:

 

  1. Get That Fireplace Ready.  Because, who doesn’t like sitting around a toasty fire?  The best way to do this is with faux stone wall paneling.  There’s no need to spend a fortune on authentic stone, a contractor to install it, and live through the mess it entails.  Instead, with faux stone paneling you can create the exact look and feel of stone by installing it yourself & spending a fraction of the cost.  We have fire rated panels designed specifically for this use!
  2. Get That Backsplash Ready.  The kitchen is a place where friends and family will gather over the holiday season.  Don’t you want your design to be on point? A simple and easy way to transform your kitchen is through the addition of a backsplash.  Our faux stone and faux brick panels are perfect for this. In fact, they are resistant to moisture which makes them a perfect material for the kitchen.  They are easily cleaned and will not build up mold or mildew.
  3. Add Some Color.  The best part about Fall are all of the warm colors it brings.  Fall is visually appealing, which is why many people prefer to live in a place where the change of the seasons can be observed.  Add a pop of color to your front doorstep with potted mums and a beautiful fall wreath. The feels of fall will overtake your senses each time you get home.  
  4. Add Scents.  Right now there are more white pumpkin and apple cider candles than ever before on the shelves of your favorite stores.  Head to places like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls to grab a jar of goodness that will make your home smell delicious. If you aren’t into candles, try diffusing essential oils.  Use a quality company like Young Living and diffuse a blend of spices & citrus.
  5. Pumpkins! Last but not least, the addition of these will complete your Fall design.  Add them to the front porch, let the kids carve them to create jack-o-lanterns, and create a gorgeous centerpiece out of neutral colored pumpkins.  Trader Joes is an excellent place to purchase ‘fancy pumpkins’ at affordable prices.

 

What are you waiting for? Go out there and jump into Fall!

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.
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