Choosing the Right Wall Treatment for Your Home

Ed Greable Blogger December 27, 2016

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Whether you are doing a little home improvement because you are ready for a change or you are getting ready to put your home on the market, making some changes to your wall finish can go a long way toward giving your home a new look. While paint is a simple solution, there are many other wall finish options available to choose from. Here is a look at a few of those options.

Wallpaper

Today’s wallpaper is available in a wide assortment of patterns and prints. Therefore, whether you are wallpapering a child’s room or simply looking to create an accent wall, there is likely to be an option available to suit your taste and budget. When deciding where to use wallpaper, however, it is important to keep in mind that rooms with higher humidity levels – such as bathrooms and kitchens – are usually not good places to install wallpaper. This is because repeated exposure to moisture can damage the finish or make the paper pucker or curl.

When installing wallpaper, be sure to first read the manufacturer instructions because some instructions to vary. Generally speaking, wallpaper installation involves first prepping the walls before cutting paper lengths to fit the surface. Next, apply paste to either the paper or the wall and affix to the wall, making sure to maintain the pattern’s repeat while also considering the shrinkage and stretching of the paper. Finally, use a rag or brush to smooth the surface.

Stencils

Stencils, which are typically made from plastic or cardboard, are used to transfer a design to the wall with the application of paint or a similar product. As such, you can choose from a variety of different sheens and textures. You can also choose embedded stencils in plaster. Stencils offer a great deal of versatility that essentially allows you to create your own unique wallpaper design. Furthermore, they can be used anywhere that paint can be applied, making them good for covering entire rooms or simply for creating accents. They can even be a good addition to ceiling surfaces.

Before applying wall stencils, be sure to consider the wall surface and how it will affect the design. When stenciling, press the stencil to the wall and then impregnate it with the paint or other chosen product. Take care to ensure none of the product seeps under the stencil. Dry rolling is generally the best option because it does not overwork the design.

Lime Plaster

The use of lime plaster, which is comprised of hydrated lime, water and aggregates, dates back to 7200 BC. When the wet plaster hardens into a limestone finish, it becomes both durable and breathable. As such, moisture does not get trapped in the wall. The natural lime plaster is also resistant to mold and mildew, which helps to improve indoor air quality. Since it is nearly carbon neutral, it is a popular choice for green building projects.

Concrete Veneer

Capable of being tinted with color and applied with stencils for a more artistic effect, concrete veneer is a durable and water-based product that meets LEED criteria. Concrete veneer can be used on walls as well as floors and counters.

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