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.