Homeowners often make the mistake of thinking that they only have two different types of interior wall finishes – paint or wallpaper. In reality, there are several other great options available when remodeling a space inside your home. Interior finishes can include paint, wallpaper, wood trim, slate trim, drywall ceiling finishes, textures, and other options.
Before deciding on one interior wall finish over another it’s important to know exactly what each has to offer so you can determine which options are best for your home needs and aesthetic. In this blog series, we’ll cover in detail each Interior Surface as well as give you information to decide which option is the best fit for your next home interior project
One of the most common wall and ceiling materials used in homes today is drywall. This quick and easy-to-install material comes with many built-in benefits such as durability, easy repair, and fire resistance. Drywall is also used to create design features such as arches, eaves, and conceal unsightly beams.
If you’re looking to update your home using drywall, you can start by assessing the condition of the existing drywall. If it is in good condition, you can add more (or remove drywall to open up spaces) and make a space look different. If your home’s drywall is damaged with dents, holes, or worse, mold or mildew, it should be removed and replaced. If you want to make additions to your home, like finish a basement or add a sunroom, drywall is a great option.
Drywall is the base of most, if not all, of the decor finishes. Drywall can be painted, wallpapered, trimmed out, or finished with other surface decor options.
With the popularity of design trends like cottage core coming into home decor, many are opting for wallpaper as their ideal choice for wall coverings. With new innovations and technology in the wall covering industry, wallpaper has become a much easier application that creates a unique look in any room.
Benefits such as durability, longevity, and the ability to hide imperfections make wallpaper a great choice for those with pets, animals, or high-traffic areas. Plus, the ability to change a design and transform a room is virtually endless with a variety of choices including prints, textures, and embellishment for those looking for high-end finishes.
When you think of home, your mind may not immediately picture your ceilings, but they are an important piece to making a home feel complete. Designers often consider the ceiling as the fifth wall in space and encourage homeowners to not neglect it.
Ceilings that still have a popcorn or potato peel finish are generally not as desirable as a flat ceiling. Recently, some designers have made ceilings a focus point of their design work and finish their clients’ ceilings with paint, wallpaper, copper, or other materials.
Trim styles come and go. Many ultra-modern homes have no trim on walls and ceilings. More traditional homes have a lot of trim and thick molding, including wainscoting, trimmed treys in ceilings, and wall paneling.
The lines of home décor are blurring, for example, a modern home with a traditional twist, transitional, or other home types that aren’t strictly one style. Trim is currently popular in many types of homes and is often associated with upscale homes.
Similar to the texture of your ceiling, walls can be adorned with a finish that appeals to you. While there are many options and benefits to adding texture before painting, there are practical measures that go along with adding texture as well.
Visual appeal by adding depth to your space through texture, especially if your surfaces have slight imperfections. Textured walls are faster to finish than a smooth finish which means redoing a room or adding an addition to your home can be completed by your contractor in less time. Additionally, textured walls can fit into a personalized home-style all while reducing noise as sounds tend to bounce off smooth surfaces more easily.
What would a home project be without an update to your paint color? Painting is by far the most cost-effective way to improve your home and keep it looking great and protected for years to come. Benefits of regular paint updates include an increase in home value, a mood booster, and for some, improved air quality.
Now that you’ve read briefly about the different interior surfaces, it’s time to decide what option is best for your space. We know this can be a tough decision since every surface has its own set of pros and cons, but we’re here to help! Contact our team today and one of our experts will walk you through the options and give a professional opinion on which may work best in your home.
At Flying Colors Painting, we believe that every home should be well-cared for. We’ve been recognized as one of the best painting companies in the South Sound, and Flying Colors Painting was the first painter recognized as a Thurston Green Business. When you choose to work with Flying Colors Painting you can expect the highest level of service throughout the process. From scheduling an appointment to meeting with our estimator, to having us paint your home, we provide you with the best products and services and remain very respectful with your property.