Building 101: Wall Finishes
Learn about wallpaper and fabric panels
The other day, we featured floor finishes. Today, we look into wall finishes. Just like the other surface finishes, wall finishes protect your home from the elements, and can add to the longevity of the structure.
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With the countless patterns and colors available (like this one by Florence Broadhurst), wallpaper is always a beautiful option. However, wallpaper can be costly and needs professional application and the walls need proper surface preparation. In a humid country like the Philippines, it is best to use wallpaper in air-conditioned rooms, because humidity may cause it to deteriorate. For this particular reason, it is also not advisable to put it in bathrooms.
Fabric panels can soundproof a room—especially a bedroom—as the panels absorb and reduce noise. Fabric panels also connote a feeling of luxury especially when the fabrics used are textural (like velvet or flocked damasks) or have intricate patterns, as seen in Len Lopez’s toile de jouy panel. Maintaining these fabric panels greatly depends on the fabrics used and it may be best to hire a professional to do the cleaning and deodorizing for you.
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