By Gaea Marelle Miranda, M.Sc.Nov 12 2008
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Versatile faux wood, brick, and stone products provide the perfect backdrop for creative interior design. This is especially true when certain design applications are required. Modern imitation beams and panels are molded from actual wood, bricks, and stones in intricate detail for striking realism. Made of high-tech polyurethane foam, they are lightweight, durable, maintenance-free, and inexpensive.
Faux wood, brick, and stone products are also easy to handle, cut, and install. A homeowner or remodeling hobbyist who is handy with a measuring tape and saw can do all the work by using common tools and following simple directions. Homeowners who prefer to hire workers could still benefit from lower material and installation costs.
Here are some ideas for small and medium-sized do-it-yourself projects that can make a big difference in time for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and other holiday celebrations.
Renew Old Features with Faux Beams and Panels
- To give an old mantel a new look, cover or replace it with a wood mantel ledge or beam, available in a variety of styles from rough and rustic to smooth and elegant in both faux and real wood.
- To alter the feel of a fireplace, cover it with faux masonry panels for the look of ledgestone, random rock, stacked stone, cut granite, castle rock, brick—a design and color tone for every taste.
- To freshen up the kitchen, install faux panels as the backsplash material above the countertop. Panels simulate wood, stone, brick, and even materials such as a diamond plate.
- To generate one-of-a-kind furniture, use faux beams and panels as materials. Contemporary design ideas comprise of made-to-order furniture and home decorations. Using faux beams and panels to create accents and unique designs in your home (e.g. light fixtures, tables, chairs) could make a significant aesthetical difference.
Add Texture and Character to Walls and Ceilings
- To add texture and a focal point to the whole room, cover one wall with faux wood, brick or masonry panels. Scores of patterns and colors are available.
- To give a room a distinctive character, from warm country charm to classic elegance, install faux panels as wainscoting on one or more walls.
- To convert the ceiling from flat whiteness to a design feature, install faux wood beams. Beams can attach to the surface of the ceiling as simple joists, and faux wood panels can fill in between the beams for even more warmth. In a high-ceiling room, faux beams can replicate a complete post-and-beam framing system worthy of a barn or a cathedral.
This article was updated on 24th February, 2020.
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