Walls are essential for creating an enveloping structure along with a floor and roof that protects those who live or work in them from the weather and environment. You will be constantly having to look at walls that surround you, and this can be boring with the plain surfaces that they have. You can always hang art and other knickknacks to alleviate this, but completely treating the walls with decorative timber wall panels is one sure way of adding to walls and making them aesthetically pleasing.
Panelling has been used for a long time and you will find such panelling even in palaces and large buildings, all over the world, that have gone through centuries in time, and are still able to elicit feelings of awe and wonder at the craftsmanship in them. Decorative panels for walls can be made in many different materials, but timber is used, traditionally, because of its wide availability and ease of working to create the needed decorations. Wood is also a renewable resource.
Timber panelling is easy to install, and lends itself easily to home improvement projects carried out by the house owner or others in the family. Manufacturers have come out with innovative systems for fixing them easily to walls, with clipping and other systems. Tongue and groove designs permit easy assembly and help to produce a continuous structure that can easily resist warping and other stresses that the decorative panels can be subjected to.
Using decorative timber panels for covering walls can create a brand of decor that suits modern trends. It makes for an attractive style and makes a wall stand out. You can make an elegant headboard by installing this panels on the wall behind your bed. Wood panelling in different patterns or colors can also help in the demarcation of areas in a home.
The simple act of installing these panels on all the walls of a room will add to its insulation that can help in energy saving, while your wall will also be better at absorbing sound. Wood has a higher R-value, insulating power, than other construction materials. It is able to absorb double the heat that concrete or aluminium can. This can be further accentuated if the gap between the wall and the panel is filled with insulating material. Sound absorption prevents echoes. When sound waves are trapped by wood they convert into another form of energy. Wood panels are often used in concert halls to increase the listening pleasure of its audience.
Wood panels for covering walls allow for a lot of design versatility, and interior decorators are finding newer and more creative ways to enhance this. You can cut the wood into small strips, which can give your wall a modern look. You can create geometric patterns, have decorative panels with filigree work, creating raised panels; all allow for a great variety of designs to be created.
Wood panels on walls have a long life, unlike plain walls, that may require repainting every few years. You can use many different types of stains to give it a further uniqueness, and creating designs that add to the visual delight that wood brings to a home. You can always re-stain and finish them every few years, so that your decorative timber panels always look new. Before you decide on the looks of your decorative panels on your wall, ask your decorator to use software that will depict how your wall will look after it has been panelled. You can then view it from all angles so that your choice is easier to make.
Wood panelling is generally installed on a framework of metal or wood that is fixed to the walls. You can also get decorative wooden panels that can be stuck directly onto walls, but then you will have to ensure that your wall is absolutely level and true, so that its imperfections do not show up in the panelling.
Wood panelling has proved a godsend for interior decorators, as it allows them a lot of scope for treating walls in all the rooms of a house, including bathrooms, passages and others. The framework behind panels can be conveniently used to divert light points and other utilities. Its ease and speed of installation greatly reduces the inconvenience to home owners when improvement projects are undertaken.