Benefits of Wood Wall Panelling

Benefits of Wood Wall Panelling

If you’re bored of the interior of your house and want to spruce it up, consider panelling your wall. Panelling is a covering for your wall, the materials of which are mainly wood. Introduced in the late 15th century, wood panelling was a means of insulating cold stone dwellings. These days, in addition to insulation, they’re used to upgrade dull interiors and have become an essential component of futuristic homes. Here are five benefits of wood wall panelling that might just steer you into using it for your next renovation.

1.   Easy to Install

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Renovating your house is a massive decision, as it requires time and money. However, wood panels have an easy installation process, almost similar to assembling Legos. You can even install the panels yourself. Depending on the size of your property, you can finish the entire project in less than a week. Just research the material that would be perfect for your interior and start panelling away.

2.   Energy-Efficient

Wood is a natural insulator; this is one of the main reasons many homeowners decide to get wood panelling. It protects them against the harsh cold and does not heat up in summers, maintaining optimal temperatures for your property in all seasons. Wood panelling is an energy-efficient upgrade to your home as its insulating properties will reduce your energy usage – you won’t have to switch ACs and heaters on for entire days. As a result, you cut back on your bills and can save money.

Wood is also an excellent sound absorber, making it perfect for individuals looking for quietness and privacy in areas like home offices and bedrooms. This is also why many commercial buildings opt for wood wall panelling. If you live in a busy area and are tired of the incessant noise, wood panelling can turn your house into the peaceful place you dream of.

3.   Eco-Friendly

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Wood is an environment-friendly option compared to other drywall materials such as brick and cement. It is biodegradable, and its manufacturing process poses the slightest danger to the environment. As it comes from a renewable source, it does not add to pollution. Additionally, the government keeps a strict watch on the industry to ensure that an excessive number of trees isn’t cut and the process does not harm the environment. However, some still have reservations about the tree-cutting process because of its ecological impact. In such a case, reclaimed wood panelling can be the perfect solution.

Reclaimed wood is recycled wood that comes from old buildings and furnishing and does not involve any more tree cutting, making it a sustainable choice for your home. There are also many reclaimed wood paneling ideas for you to choose from, ranging from Victorian to contemporary. If you are searching for eco-friendly renovation choices, then wood panelling is for you.

In the past, wall panelling was associated with the upper class and indicated wealth. But today, you can add panelling to your interior without the hefty cost. It is affordable and incorporates liveliness and richness into your house. Additionally, wood has excellent insulation and sound-absorbing capabilities and is an energy-efficient choice. Panelling can easily give your house the organic touch you’ve been looking for within your budget. Consider getting wood panelling for your next renovation and enjoy choosing from many designs.

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Target’s Deal Days for 2022 Are Here!

Target’s Deal Days for 2022 Are Here!

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Not to be outdone by Amazon Prime Day, Target is running their annual three-day summer sale extravaganza, “Target Deal Days,” exclusively online and in the Target app until the end of tomorrow (July 13). While the deals span several categories, including food and beverage, tech, beauty, toys, and fashion, home decor is a chief category for big savings. And if you love Target’s exclusive in-house brands, you’re going to like what’s being offered up at a discount this year.

The college supplies category also features deals to the tune of up to 25 percent off as does the back-to-school assortment (up to 30 percent off), just in case you want to get a bit of a jump on those shopping seasons. All of the Target Deal Days prices are available to anyone — no membership necessary — and, if available at a store near you, items can be ordered for in-store or contactless pick-up if you can’t wait for shipping.

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Color and Pattern Add Character to This Plain, Conventional Condo

Color and Pattern Add Character to This Plain, Conventional Condo

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Name: Allison Malafronte
Location: Somerset Hills, New Jersey
Type of home: Condo
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in the suburbs of New Jersey in a two-bedroom condo, but I worked in New York City for more than 10 years and always wanted to live in a Brooklyn brownstone that I envisioned decorating with boho flair. I love living out here with so much open space, and I enjoy being surrounded by the beauty of nature, but condos can be pretty uniform in their layouts and architecture.

I knew I could add character and color through the decor, and I started by keeping folders on my phone or Pinterest of styles I loved. A few choice paint colors really helped set the tone. The pink in the living room is “Rose Blush” by Benjamin Moore and the yellow in the kitchen and office are “You Are My Sunshine” by Benjamin Moore. I layered in eclectic furniture, rugs, pillows, paintings, plants, wallpaper, DIY decor, and artful objects to create that artsy style I had always dreamed about.

I am a writer and editor who has always been an artist at heart. I write about fine art and design as my profession, but my own artistic side fully came to the surface when I had the opportunity to design and decorate this apartment. It was like having a blank canvas and clean state to write my story and style on. The process has been a real blessing, and little by little, I put myself together as an artist as I worked to put this place together. I call it my humble, artistic abode — it’s not huge or full of expensive things, but it’s an expression of the artist and designer in me. “Home is where the art is” has been my motto!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Boho, maximalist, colorful, cheerful, and collected.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room to look at is probably the living room, but my favorite room to be in is the corner dining area by the window, which has a full view of the living room and which I turned into a makeshift artist studio and little sanctuary over the last few years. Early in the morning, I sit at the dining room table and do my scripture reading and prayer time in front of the open windows (where the same bird, or so it seems to me, comes back every spring and perches right outside my window, singing loudly and beautifully). On the other side of the table I work on my art and DIY projects.

Over the last few years I started painting with watercolors, learned to make hooped embroidery to hang on the walls, began hand-painting and decorating pieces of furniture, became slightly obsessed with decoupaging fabric and paper onto various surfaces, started making decorative paper flowers out of old literature and art history book pages, and so on. All of these little projects helped add personal, handmade touches around the apartment.

This is how my house was growing up: My mother was very creative and resourceful, and she made many things by hand. I love following in her footsteps in that way. The other reason the dining area is my favorite place in the house is because it’s also where I host little get-togethers and enjoy the company of family and friends.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? One of the last pieces I bought to finish the living room was the Kalie curtains from Anthropologie Home (I would include the link, but they’re sold out!), which I first saw five years ago and put in a folder on my phone before I even moved in here. I also got brass bird tie-backs from Anthropologie to complete the look. Birds are a recurring theme here — my two-year-old niece calls it “The Birdie House.” It was also a small victory step in DIY because I was forced to learn how to hang curtains and use a power drill for the first time!

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think something I have learned over the last couple of years is that home is a haven. It’s a place you should enjoy spending time in, and also a place where others feel comfortable and welcome. I had no rules for myself when I started decorating — I simply filled the rooms with everything that I love and visually respond to.

For me, that’s florals, botanicals, birds, bright color, bold patterns, anything with script on it, paintings, music, art and design books, anything that reminds me of Italy, objects or textiles from independent artists I admire, and some of my own handmade touches.

If you follow your heart in your home, it will be an honest reflection of who you are! Don’t worry about it being on trend or even matching. Bring it home and play with it. Mix and match colors and patterns, and try out arrangements and combinations in different, unexpected ways.

I would also like to recommend exploring your creativity and DIY spirit! There are so many things you can do to make your home your own on a budget, and so many online sources and tutorials to help. Lastly, try to enjoy the process! When I first moved in, I was pretty overwhelmed, and it probably took me three full years to get every room done the way I envisioned. I had to take it one step at a time, and really pay attention to what resonated with me so I could figure out my design style.

Some things flowed easily (like the plate wall in the kitchen) and other things took multiple tries to get right (like the gallery wall over the living room couch). But the experimentation, playing, searching (for me that was Anthropologie Home, Opalhouse, World Market, Rifle Paper Co., Etsy, HomeGoods, HGTV Magazine, and few really great bloggers), DIYing, and even the frustrations and setbacks were all part of the process. If you think of it as an ongoing creative challenge with no rules, the steps you take can be as fun and fulfilling as seeing the final result!

IKEA Has a Perfect Tiny Bedroom, Space-Saving Nightstand for Under $40

IKEA Has a Perfect Tiny Bedroom, Space-Saving Nightstand for Under $40

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The Modular, Insta-Famous Sectional That Can Shockingly Withstand My Cat’s Constant Scratching (And It’s On Sale Now!)

The Modular, Insta-Famous Sectional That Can Shockingly Withstand My Cat’s Constant Scratching (And It’s On Sale Now!)

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My cat, housemate, and I live in a small apartment in a questionably secure walk-up — cue the violins. Since you’re either a regular here and are familiar with our city living conundrums or you’re here for help working through your own, let me cut to the chase: The Floyd Sectional was custom-made to fit my space perfectly, hand-delivered directly into my living room, and survived (nay, thrived) through a month’s worth of red wine spills and my cat’s incessant scratching. It has proved itself to be the sofa to end all modern, modular, customizable, pet- and mess-friendly upholstered sofas. Plus, now through July 4, you can get it for 15 percent off!

It took me all of 10 minutes with a tape measure and Floyd’s Sectional Builder to design my own perfect sofa — admittedly one of the quickest decisions I’ve ever made. Because there isn’t a Cheesecake Factory menu-amount of options when you’re choosing your modules, colors, and add-ons, the experience isn’t overwhelming. That said, everything you could need, from neutral off-white and rich green upholstery options to multiple right, left, and middle sections, give you more than enough customization possibilities. I opted for the off-white fabric in order to really put it to the mess test.

Supply chain issues gave my anticipation for delivery a few weeks to build, but instead of delivery day being expectedly chaotic, it didn’t involve breaking a sweat carrying boxes nor did it involve breaking any down afterward. The Sectional was carried in pieces and placed exactly where I wanted it in a matter of minutes. I was instantly able to toss some throws on it and get right to the best part: lounging. And, boy, does this sofa suit the job. The Sectional is designed to be wider than your average sofa, and since those few extra inches don’t feel like they actually take up much more room, the difference in terms of comfort is drastic. It’s not the kind of couch you sink down into, which is very much my preference. I can sit, lay, and even sleep supported on the Sectional, and it’s not challenging to get up from (and I’m certainly not groggy or sore when I do).

Yes, the Sectional is certainly handsome and ideal for most every decor style and home size, but I was concerned by how much it looked like a beacon for my cat’s restless paws when it arrived. It’s now been a month of unregulated scratching and claw-assisted stretching, and only a single thread on the Sectional’s upholstery has managed to come loose. It was easily snipped to reveal the sofa just as it was the day I got it. My concern soon shifted from my cat to myself: How long would it take for me to totally ruin this off-white sofa?

The good news is that multiple red wine spills, acrylic paint splatters, and mysterious stains haven’t been any match for the coated and stain-resistant Floyd upholstery. The best part about this is that the Sectional doesn’t have the look or feel of coated polyester, but it gives you all of the material’s easy-to-clean benefits. Plus, it’s thousands of dollars less than others we’ve seen of its quality and caliber (especially now that it’s on sale). This sofa is truly everything I’ve been looking for, and for now, at least one of my city life conundrums has been resolved.