Tired of your dull, plain-colored walls? Are you dreading the cost that would be entailed in repairing faded or patched walls? You are in luck because now you can revitalize your boring walls and hide unsightly damages by using decorative paneling. There is a wide selection of decorative paneling available which you can easily install in any part of your home where they are needed, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom or bathroom. Choose from the various types and styles – such as wood, bamboo or brick – that best suits the theme of the room.
If you want to give your home that rustic, western cabin ambience, go for knotty pine paneling. Other types of knotty wood paneling are made from oak, birch, maple and alder. The large knots in the wood imbue a genuine natural country home feel. Considered as one of the cost-effective types of paneling, knotty decorative paneling can be purchased as finished products or you can make them yourself from real wood. You can even install them yourself rather than hire the services of carpenter.
If you are planning to use knotty paneling, first measure the area of the wall where they will be installed. It is necessary to first patch up large holes and other visible flaws with a crooker board. Prepare your paneling with multiple coats of paint and varnish. Let it dry thoroughly in a well-ventilated area before putting them up on the wall.
Another cost-effective alternative is bamboo paneling. Bamboo can match any room motif or décor, and can also be used for home exteriors. Just make sure that each bamboo slat is uniform in width. To install them, place each piece of bamboo panel side by side on the wall. To secure the bamboo in place, you may use a high quality adhesive or nail them with a brad nail gun. Although many homeowners prefer bamboo in their natural green or cream brown color, you also have the option of choosing bamboo paneling in a variety of designs and colors. Many pre-colored bamboo panels have been treated so that their colors would endure.
While a bit more expensive than knotty and bamboo panels, vinyl wood paneling has the advantage of being easy to clean and maintain, because it is crafted from vinyl plastic. If you are planning to use these panels outdoors, you can easily recycle them if one gets damaged. Plus, they are resistant to vandals’ spray paints. For home interiors, you don’t need to worry about the health of you and your family, because they are very durable and are made from non-toxic materials.
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