Decorative Wall Panels: When Paint Isn’t Enough
What are your choices when you want to give a room some pizzazz and make it stand out from the ordinary? Paint is the old stand-by, but if you’re honest with yourself, after being in just about any painted room for more than a few minutes it begins to look like all the rest regardless of what color you choose. Wallpaper is always an option, but that often requires bringing in a high-priced professional if you want to end up with a good looking job. How about some custom interior trim or perhaps adding wainscoting and chair rail? Those can be great choices, but once again costs can escalate unless you happen to be handy with a table saw or have a good health insurance plan.
Fortunately you now have another option to add to your list: wall panels from Decorative Ceiling Tiles. These decorative wall panels may look very similar to the ceiling tiles the company is so famous for because that’s exactly what they are: ceiling tiles that can also be installed on a room’s walls.
(In the image above, our highest quality product. Faux Leather Panels )
Why Install Decorative Walls Panels in your Home?
There are many reasons for placing decorative wall panels on one or more of the walls of some of your home’s rooms. Of course the primary reason is for the visual impact of creating a focal point that is sure to be noticed as soon as friends and family enter the room. A wall covered with tin or faux-leather tiles can act as a centerpiece for the room’s décor and the many styles and finishes available can complement any interior design ranging from colonial to ultra-modern.
Some decorative wall panels have a fire rating which can be a consideration if you live in a town-home or have a family room or bedroom adjacent to a garage. If you enjoy watching and listening to your home theater, consider installing wall panels for their sound absorbing value. They can be used to reflect that climatic sound track back to your ears rather than those of other family members trying to get a little sleep.
While many homeowners choose the panels for their cosmetic benefits, in this challenging economy cost is almost always a consideration as well. Fortunately there is a wide price to choose from and there are numerous panel designs that can fit just about any budget.
Use Decorative Walls Panels in your Place of Business
The qualities that make decorative panels so popular for residential use can also make them an attractive choice for many types of businesses. Pubs, professional offices, retail spaces, and any other commercial space that might benefit from additional fire-resistance or reducing sound transmission are good candidates for the panels and their attractive appearance and low cost are just icing on the cake.
Do Decorative Panels Require an Expert for Installation?
If you’re one of those people who enjoy bragging to friends and family about the specialty contractor you hired for your home improvement job and the old world craftsmanship the project required, you may be disappointed with Decorative Ceiling Tiles’ many styles of wall panels. They can be installed with nails or glue and if you can use a hammer, tin snips, and scissors, you can quickly place the panels on just about any wall. Of course if you do it late at night when no one is watching, you can still brag about the special experts brought in for the project.
Glue-up panels can be attached to most wall surfaces that are stable without much preparation work required. The wall should be cleaned of any debris and if there is any loose plaster or drywall, it should be scraped away. The panel styles vary from 24 inch to 15 inch squares depending on the style you choose and it’s always a good idea to do a little layout work on the wall prior to actually gluing any panels in place.
In most cases it’s best to work toward corners so any partial pieces of panel required are away from the central part of the room. You may want to start with a full panel at the top of the wall and end up with a partial piece at the bottom where it may be hidden by furniture, but this is largely personal preference. A partial panel at the top with metal or wood trim where the wall meets the ceiling can look very nice, too.
Nail-up panels are installed in much the same fashion as the glue-up varieties, but in most situations you’ll need to put a suitable nailing surface in place first. Sheetrock, plaster, and most ¼ inch plywood paneling are usually not sufficient to hold nails in place and with most interior framing being 16 or 24 inch on center, there needs to be a more secure nailing anchor installed. Plywood sheets ranging from 3/8 to 5/8 inch thick often work best and are normally light enough that one person can work with them without much effort.
While installing the panels is very easy, it never hurts to have a little additional assistance. Decorative Ceiling Tiles provides numerous helpful installation tips for all their ceiling tiles and wall panels on their website.
Types of Decorative Wall Panels
The most difficult part of using decorative wall panels in your home might be deciding which type and style is right for your home. Fortunately Decorative Ceiling Tiles provides the opportunity to order samples and in some cases they have sample packets available that provide a mixture of various styles. Even if you’re reasonably sure of what style and color you want, it’s always a good idea to order a few samples first. Decorative panels are like many manmade building products in that colors and shading can vary slightly from the photos on web pages and even the samples you may see in stores.
Styrofoam Decorative Wall Panels
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These panels are available in white or choose from over 40 hand painted styles. The white panels have over 50 variations to select from and can either be installed as they are or paint them to create your own unique color scheme. Styrofoam wall panels are very light, easy to work with and can even provide a little extra insulation value to walls where they’re installed. They’re also a good choice when budget is a consideration. The panels can be cut with scissors or a utility knife for DIY ease. Styrofoam panels are ideal for rooms that don’t get much action, but if you have small children or large pets, one of the other types of panels might be a better choice.
Faux-Leather Decorative Wall Panels
If you like the look of leather, you should love Decorative Ceiling Tiles’ faux-leather wall panels. The panels are 15 by 15 inches and there are almost 20 styles and colors to choose from. The panels feature a durable three layer construction with a top surface of water proof and fire resistant polyurethane, a feeler layer of polyurethane for additional water and fire resistance with sound proofing added in, and a backer of tough PVC for even more fire resistance and sound proofing. These panels can be a great choice for a family room, study, or even a bedroom with their rugged yet casual appearance.
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Faux-Tin Decorative Wall Panels
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Faux-tin decorative wall panels provide the opportunity to give a wall the appearance of old-time tin without the cost. The tiles are made of PVC which is very durable and easy to work with, but once installed they look just like metal. Decorative Ceiling Tiles has almost 50 styles of the 24 by 24 inch faux-tin panels to select from and many have numerous color shading choices. The panels have a Class A fire rating and if you should ever decide to take them down (highly unlikely) they are also recyclable. Many photographers find that faux-tin wall panels make an excellent backdrop for portraits and similar types of pictures.
( in the image above is our 112 Faux Tin Panel in Silver finish.)
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Tin Decorative Wall Panels
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For some people only the real thing will do and that’s why Decorative Ceiling Tiles has an extensive line of metal wall panels available. There are over 120 different styles of tin wall panels to choose from and many have 75 or more available finishes. Styles can range from quaint designs you might have found in Paul Revere’s house to contemporary looks that would seem at home in a modern art museum. With the many finishes to pick from with these 24 by 24 inch panels, it would seem an almost impossible task to not be able to find at least several that can complement your room’s décor. Tin wall panels can also be used as a kitchen backsplash when you want a material that’s attractive, but can also be easily cleaned.
Regardless of the room and what it’s used for, there should be a decorative wall panel that’s perfect for creating an accent or focal point for your interior design. The panels are DIY-friendly and while working with them, you may find many other uses for the panels such as around a wet bar, kitchen island, or even on your ceiling.
( in the image above is our 2475 Aluminum Panel used in a bathroom)
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Faux Leather Panels for Walls & Ceilings
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These are only 15 inches x 15 inches in size but are made out of 3 layers which makes them really nice and thick. Some of them come with buttons or cryrstals. They are perfect for walls because they are durable, washable and strong. Definetly a product for those of you who are looking for the best. These are also great for headboards.
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