The walls contribute a lot to the overall structure and design of your property. The exterior
walls not only define the shape of a house, but they also support the
floors and roof. They provide security and protection from the harsh
elements outdoors and durability from potential calamities in the
area. Equally important are the interior walls that don't keep
weather out, but they often do more technical work than just define
Walls are vital to your
house, thus choosing the right materials is a necessity for the
ensured durability of your structure. Technicality aside, choosing
the perfect designing ideas for your walls are also of the
essence. Here are great considerations to look at when it comes to
materials, designing, and even energy efficient ideas for the walls
of your house.
1. Types of wall
materials for your home
The materials you use for
the walls in your home will affect how your home looks, how it'll
stand up to fires, wind and physical stress, and how energy efficient
your home is as a whole.
Framing materials can be
used to create the frame or structure of a home that will have a big
impact on its strength, insulation and cost. For a frame that is both
stable and durable, look at metal, straw bale and structural
insulated panel framing options. Steel is increasingly used in modern
house framing, and is valued for
its versatility, longevity and strength.
The materials that you use
to create the internal walls will have a significant effect on the
visual appeal of your home, as well as on a number of practical
aspects. From an aesthetic perspective, the texture and style of the
walls will affect the way light is reflected. The materials will also
determine how easy walls are to clean, how strong they are, how well
your house is insulated, and how sound is able to travel through your
home. Plasterboard is by far the most common interior wall surface in
the Philippines, thanks to its tremendous versatility and low cost.
Tiles also feature in almost every home, and are particularly common
in bathrooms and kitchens.
Aside from holding up the
roof and allowing you some privacy, your exterior walls should
elegantly combine your personal taste with the appropriate response
to the local climate. You might be the sort of person who wants to be
surrounded by earth-loving mud brick, or maybe you have reclusive
fantasies about a rustic log cabin. Perhaps you want to keep the
neighbors out with your imposing stone fortress, or you’re just
looking for the suburban dream in a conventional weatherboard. The
choices you make about your external wall materials will define the
entire look of your home.
2. A guide to DIY
While hiring a
professional painter saves your more time and work, painting your
walls can be a fun, creative way to spend your extra time with the
help of family and friends. Get ready to get down and dirty in colors
with this simple guide in DIY wall painting.
Don't fear the bold
colors! Select colors that add depth and texture to a room.
Understand the psychology of color and use it to your advantage. A
calming color, such as one in the blue family, is great for a
bedroom. Of course, testing samples wouldn’t hurt. It's better to
spend just a few pesos on a sample than go big on gallons only to
find out the color won't work. Additionally, a good tip is to
purchase a primer and paint all-in-one mixture to cover up colors and
stains for a better result.
Doing the math doesn’t
have to be complicated when you have the right measurements and a
list of the painting essentials. You'll need to know the total area
you're going to paint, but you'll also need to account for multiple
coats, primer and the porosity of the walls. It's best to have some
paint left over for repair work later on, so get more than you need.
Prep work will be the vast
majority of your time spent painting the interior of your home. You'll
need to tape off areas for sharp lines, move furniture and
furnishings, repair and patch any imperfections, protect the floors,
and remove things like switch plates and doorknobs. At least
three-quarters of your time will be spent doing these tasks.
The finish of your paint,
or sheen, will have a major impact on your walls. Gloss, satin, egg
shells – with these options comes many considerations. High-traffic
areas do well with gloss or satin as they hold up better to touching
and can be cleaned more easily, but they can make wall imperfections
much more pronounced. A more matte-like finish, such as flat, will
not clean or endure touches as well, but you won't see imperfections
3. Resourceful wall
Decorations are vital
essentials as they bring life to the walls of your home. While
decorations require to be creative and appealing to the eyes, it
doesn’t have to cost much.
Quotations taped on your
wall are great decorating ideas too. You can find a plethora of
inspirational signage in stores, but you can make your own, too. Try
using different colors and patterns of washi tape for a funky way to
display your favorite quote.
An eclectic mix of vintage
plates is an easy, inexpensive way to decorate a bedroom wall in a nursery, a
playroom, or a little girl's
bedroom. Include a framed baby
photo and an initial for a true personal touch too. Try displaying
your hat collection and hanging vintage finds right above the bed for
an unconventional focal point. It will add a twist on the traditional
You can also give an old
map a modern spin with a multi-frame application. Choose your
favorite destination spots, or use a map of your hometown. If you
travel often, cut out pictures of yourself in the shape of the city
or country you were in and paste it for a more creative and
Don't forget about the staircase wall. If you're living in a small
space, you can make a workspace underneath the stairs by installing a
floating desk against the staircase wall. Try installing a corkboard
to the wall for a convenient spot to attach memos, cards and photos.
Even your kitchen walls
could use some sprucing up. Print your favorite photographs. put them
in basic frames and hang them at varying heights for an art gallery
look right in your own kitchen.
The ideas are endless when
it comes to decorating your walls! Just make sure all the important
components of the room compliment when you add wall décor so it’s
all one tied-up space.
4. Wall lighting ideas
Wall lights can instantly
turn a flat wall into something decorative and worth noticing.
Specifically designed to add ambient lighting in a variety of spaces,
more of today's wall sconces and wall lamps are specifically shaped
to add dramatic up and down lighting effects, really adding depth and
structure to a room. Adjustable picture and display lights draw
attention to a painting or work of art; while art glass sconces can
provide a splash of color and artistry.
Wall mounted lights should throw their
light backwards, creating a wash. With many wash type fittings the
light is thrown in one direction only, but for a modern look go for
one that projects in two directions.
Lanterns and lamps are the
traditional fitting you might think of for wall mounting. However,
there is little that is old fashioned about them. Lanterns often
diffuse their light with beveled glazing, which creates a bit of a
Spots are not just for
ceilings! Recess them in an uneven wall surface, or a false wall, to
create downward flowing washes. A good tip is to be able to turn some
of them on at a time, rather than all together, as this allows more
flexibility to adjust the look, depending on the time of day or mood
you want to create.
walls for your house
In today’s housing
market, energy efficiency is no longer a consideration, it’s a
requirement. In new home construction, the walls of the house present
the greatest opportunity to prevent energy loss. Fortunately,
building energy-efficient homes are easier and less expensive than
you might expect with wood-framed walls fully sheathed with plywood.
Wood wall systems are easy
to insulate and provide exceptional shear and racking strength to
withstand the forces of high winds and rain, and earthquakes. Wall
cavity insulation will also fill the gap between exterior and
interior walls, thus reducing heat flow through the wall system.
Proper installation is important for this cost-effective method, as
it will avoid the compression of insulation and gaps in the wall.
High performance windows
and doors can reduce energy costs by maintaining uniform energy
temperatures and lessening cooling demands. Houses that are built for
energy-efficient have reduced peak heating and cooling loads,
allowing for smaller, more efficient HVAC systems. Moreover, it
provides improved structural performance and building durability.