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Choosing the best wall paneling

Posted on September 17, 2021

When dressing up a wall with products like 3D wall panels, imitation brick or stone paneling during a DIY Stone Wall project, we should consider a few variables.

  • The look we want to create.
  • The budget available.
  • The skillset of the installer
  • How much time do we have to work on the project.
  • The level of detail of the finished product (including the visible joints)
  • Realistic look and feel.

One or more of these variables can be shared by multiple products but others are only present on some specific stone wall panels on the market.

Charcoal brick wall decor paneling

For example, if a homeowner wants to look at a wall and feel like he/she has a real brick wall, they need to consider either the very time-consuming brick veneer or faux brick paneling.

Even If the budget is limited, or if money is not an issue, the buyer doesn’t want to feel like throwing money in the wind. They should consider panels that are affordable and quick to install. If a homeowner doesn’t have time to do the work, a handyman won’t charge an arm and a leg to install them.

Installing real brick

Materials like cast stone (small sections of cast concrete), real stone, or 3D wall panels, require e long and detailed work around the joints. In the case of stone and brick, those joints would be many. 3D panels have issues with joints because they are straight and often fall on a part of the panel where the texture is smooth. The joint therefore is always visible. Interlocking stone panels, on the other hand, have uneven/irregular edges so the joints blend very well with the rest of the panels.

Visible Cracks

Those consumers who tried vinyl rolls printed with a stone and brick pattern are always disappointed. For a stone or brick accent, you need a depth of texture to look real. The best ones are those of 3/4” or more. You may also want to consider the way products are manufactured. Imitation stone panels are produced with molds. These molds are created using real brick and stone, therefore the molded parts reproduce the exact look of the original materials. These panels are also hand-painted by real workers, so the faux paint effect is great.

Stone Project With Veneer Panels
How beautiful a corner joint can look.

It really pays off to do some research before embarking on such remodeling projects.

Kitchen Makeover for less.

Posted on May 15, 2012

Why spend tons of money on redecorating your kitchen? There are now new alternatives to just knocking down walls, and hiring a carpenter to paint and install expensive lighting. Ever try faux stone panels as a back-splash for your kitchen? Antico Elements' faux stone panels and accessories are the new waves in technological advances that offer both efficient insulation and great designs. Faux stone panels are mainly made of polyurethane material that comes very lightweight and durable and makes these products easy to install. When you pick from the many designs of faux stone panels that are offered for your back-splash and create a theme, you can transform any dull and plain kitchen into a warm and vibrant area to make and share memories.

By using innovative designs, you can change the look and feel of your kitchen in minutes. Some contractors and carpenters are now switching out traditional products in home interior design for more affordable and easier installed products such as faux stones and replica rocks. In using these alternatives, contractors are saving both time and money with labor and product costs.

Here's a beautiful example:

Another great idea for the kitchen would be to add some accents and wall decor to amplify your theme. A great choice to use as an accent for the walls would be wall sconces. A simple light fixture can dramatically change the look or theme of an area. When using light fixtures or wall decor, make sure to compliment the colors and theme of the walls and space. A great way to find cheap light fixtures and decor would be to visit your local home improvement store for ideas.