It is not enough to build a new house – interior decoration is no less important and responsible stage. It is the finish that makes a standard dwelling a unique, warm and cozy house, so manufacturers are always looking for new materials.
Wall panels for interior decoration have not been on the market for so long, but have already confidently occupied their niche and are becoming more and more popular and in demand over time. Panels are chosen not only for significantly facilitating the repair process, but also for a variety of colors and shapes, which allows you to create your own, original interior style.
You can choose wall panels for any interior with any color scheme.
Types of wall panels for interior decoration
Cladding the walls with panels helps to make repairs quickly, get an excellent result and significantly save on the cost of repairs. After all, they can cover the lack of plaster, uneven corners and other possible construction defects. With a large number of choices, it is not easy to decide which materials to use. Let’s figure out which types and why are the most interesting today, why to give preference.
Rail type panels
Such panels are used to finish any premises. The length of the slats varies from 2.4 to 3.6 m, the width from 12.5 to 30 cm, the thickness of the slats is 8-12 mm. They can be white or colored, imitate different types of wood. Indispensable for rooms with a small area and many corners. Inner and outer corners are easily closed with slatted panels.
Railed wall panels made of wood have received the name “vagonka” and are actively used. They can be covered with stain or varnish, or simply painted, creating an unusual interior. Often clapboards give the effect of aged wood. Recently, the popularity of “tiles” has decreased a little, giving way to more modern materials but summer kitchens and loggias are treated with this type of cladding.
This species is characterized by large sizes. However, it allows you to quickly mount panels on a large area. Sheets 1250×2500 cm and 10 mm thick are made of multilayer materials. Attached to the wall with glue. Crating for their installation may not be done.
What materials are they made of?
Decorative wall panels are made of chipboard, fiberboard, MDF, plywood, OSB with various types of veneer applied to them and, of course, natural wood.
For the manufacture of cladding, wood has been used for a long time. Initially, such panels were made of solid wood, were expensive and inaccessible to most buyers. Today, you can buy combined wooden panels, the cost of which is much lower. The front layer of such products is valuable wood species applied to a pine or spruce base. The development of technologies has made it possible to produce similar high-quality processing materials from woodworking industry waste (sawdust, chips). This made it possible to finish the walls in the premises imitating expensive wood species, very budget-friendly. Wall panels under wood are appropriate in any interior. However, cladding with natural wood has not lost its relevance and can advantageously emphasize the status of the owner of the premises.
Panels for interior decoration with natural wood cladding always look expensive.
Chipboard and fiberboard boards
Quite cheap material. Wood-chip and wood-fiber boards, as these well-known abbreviations are deciphered, can add heat and sound insulation to a room, decorate it, but the high content of formaldehyde resins in the boards, unstable outer coating and rapid deformation from moisture and steam have greatly reduced the popularity of this material for recently, chipboard and fiberboard are more often used for leveling walls for finishing.
This is a more modern and improved version of chipboard. Sometimes it is mistakenly called modified plywood. The company Medium Density Fibreboard was the first to start producing this material. The first three letters formed its name. Instead of formaldehyde resins, vegetable lignin is used in production. MDF panels are stronger, they better withstand high humidity. They have a very long service life and are easy to dispose of and do not release harmful compounds into the air.
Panels can be varnished, they are often veneered with valuable wood species, laminated or covered with water-repellent compositions. The material can withstand heavy loads, you can safely attach heavy objects to them, such as pictures or bookshelves. Today, siding companies use such panels more often when finishing office premises, in home decoration, you want something more refined and at the same time cozy.
Advantages and disadvantages of finishing with wall panels
Finishing walls with wall panels has several advantages, which should be paid attention to when planning repairs:
- they are easily and quickly mounted;
- there is no need for expensive leveling of walls, plastering, time-consuming derivation of corners, all wall problems will be hidden;
- durable and easy to use;
- give full space for imagination and unexpected design solutions;
- increase heat and sound insulation in the room;
- easy to wash;
- cables, of which there are many in our houses, are perfectly hidden under them.
There is only one drawback, when they are installed on the battens, the area of the room is reduced. If it is not noticeable in large rooms, it can become a problem for rooms with a small area.
Installation of wall panels eliminates many unpleasant moments. There is no need to get rid of old plaster or paint. Treat the walls and pay a lot of money for this work. Panels are installed quickly, various wires can be hidden under them, which are many in modern apartments. This type of cladding greatly simplifies life, facilitates cleaning and adds beauty and uniqueness to your home.