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Choosing the Right Wall Finish for your Luxury Interior

By Maria Dinshaw | Jun 2020

Walls as an Opportunity –

With the progress of time, people have been taking interior spaces, be it homes or offices more seriously and more responsibly. The days when walls were just dividing partitions are gone from the world of luxury interiors. The best interior designers in India now see walls as a very important element of the built environment and also as an opportunity to do something interesting with.

There is a vast range of finishes and options for walls and with this article, we help you navigate the complex world of options.

Regular Wall Paint –

The most commonly used wall finish by interior designers is wall paint. Common wall paint is composed of a resin binding agent, additives to improve characteristics, solvent to keep it fluid and some pigment to give it the desired color. There are many good reasons to use wall paint. They are easily available in a range of options and colors and are the go-to option to maintain control over budgets. They are easy to source, easy to apply by relatively less-skilled workers and are quick and cost-effective solutions for walls.

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Luxury Wall Coatings –

Luxury wall coatings, though seemingly similar, are very different from paint and have very different characteristics. Depending upon the type of wall coating, they may contain a mix of a proprietary plaster, pigment for color and some specialized powders for attaining a certain finish. Luxury wall coatings require a professional application, are usually available through select dealers and are always more expensive than regular wall paint. These coatings are preferred by the best interior designers, for their superior finish, a true luxury look and durability.

Wallpapers –

Wallpapers are an increasingly common way of adding texture and life to walls. Wallpapers come in the form of large rolls and are stuck onto a wall. Wallpapers are most commonly made using large rolls of paper, which are printed upon and then coated to protect the surface. Commercial use wallpapers may also have a vinyl coating or may be composed entirely of vinyl. Wallpapers require a professional application, as they need to be expertly applied to the wall surface. Since they are relatively quick to install and provide the desired look immediately upon application, they have become the go-to option for the best interior designers in Mumbai. Though more expensive than regular wall paint, wallpapers are also available in a range of cost-effective options. The following are some of the more prominent disadvantages. Wallpapers can be sensitive to changes in room temperature and humidity and tend to open up at joint lines over time. They may also start to peel from the corners. When replacing wallpaper, the entire wall would need to be re-done, as touch-ups are not possible. In such a case, the wallpapers of the entire room may need to be changed.

Wall Claddings –

Wall claddings refer to any kind of paneling that can be fixed or stuck to a wall. Wall claddings can be decorative or functional or both. Here are some of the wall cladding options available for interior walls.

Stone – There is a wide range of different types of decorative stone wall claddings available. This is an ideal solution when you are looking for a rustic and earthy look with a natural feel and texture. Stonewall cladding is also very durable and long-lasting.

Wood – Wall claddings made from different types of woods and in different patterns are also a wonderful way to add character and warmth to the interiors of your home or your office. They are relatively easy to maintain and give the space a timeless appeal.

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Metal – Metal sheets with different finishes, though less common are also becoming very trendy. These types of wall claddings go very well in modern luxury interiors or modern industrial style interiors.

Fabric – Fabric panels give a room a feeling of a true luxury and also have the quality of dampening ambient noise. Fabric panels work well in rooms with low traffic such as bedrooms. They are however more difficult to maintain and care needs to be taken to keep them looking fresh and new.

Brick – Brick veneer cladding made from real clay, can be added to any interior wall to add warmth and a homely atmosphere.

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3D – 3D printed panels are also very trendy with architects and interior designers presently. They are made from a range of different materials such as MDF or FRP are shaped using modern techniques such as CNC cutting. The panels give a very futuristic appeal to space and complement very modern interior designs. They are also very easy to maintain.

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