There was once a time when decorating your walls was defined as simply applying fresh coats of paint, putting up wallpaper and filling in the negative spaces with artwork, framed pictures or posters. Across the Sultanate there are many fantastic examples of wall spaces being turned into tactile focus attractions. Here are some examples and what you should know:
- Timber Cladding
Timber cladding is extremely popular in Brunei. Available in different veneer cuts to highlight the natural grain, they can also be manufactured in irregular shaped panels and installed with subtle shadow lines to highlight the individual panel placements. Screen wood is another attractive timber cladding option and can be installed on both walls and ceilings for a clean linear effect.
Consideration: When nominating any type of cladding it is essential to consider all finishing points to ensure an attractive and seamless installation.
- Natural Stone Cladding
This natural look is popular for its rustic textures and neutral yet diverse colour palette. Limestone, sandstone, granite or even manufactured stone surfaces works well when combined with other natural elements like timber flooring, woven rugs and soft linen upholstery to maintain a feeling of cosiness.
Consideration: Stone cladding can be very expensive and the weight of this product needs to be made during construction. On the plus side, when selecting a feature for a bathroom wall, consider that the vanity mirrors will double the impact of the stone you use.
- Tile Cladding
The finishes, colours, shapes and sizes available in tiles has become increasingly impressive in recent years. Slick new rustic surfaces combined with metallic accents, highly polished porcelains in soft sludgy tones, and even tiles that resemble timber boards – in both colour and texture. New mosaic tiles are shifting shape and can now be found in a huge variety of patterns, colours and even combinations of 2 or more different materials.
Consideration: Tile cladding has been in practice for many years and can be difficult to get right. Less is definitely more, and ideally tiles work best alongside the clean finishes like painted render and carefully considered timber detailing.
- Panel Cladding
There is always a 3D wall cladding option that can suit your taste and style. Sculpted wall panels are custom made in the pattern and size you require out of raw MDF. These can either be finished by the manufacturer in a vinyl or metal coating or can be primed and painted your desired colour after installation. Grids of upholstered panels wrapped in fabrics like suede, leather and silk are popular options to give a hotel-like feeling to master suites and media rooms.
Consideration: Fabric panels enable you to re-introduce the selected fabric in your decorating through custom lampshades or cushions, and they look great when combined with other materials like timber.
- Textured Wallpaper
In recent times wallpaper usage has gradually begun to break into the Brunei market with designs and finishes that have been improved drastically. The key word is texture. The tactile weaves of grass cloths intertwined with metallic and silken threads are making headway on the global stage right now and subtly incorporate different colour combinations into the neutral weaves making it easy to find one that ties the elements of your room together.
Consideration: It is recommended to limit wallpapers with delicate finishes for high traffic areas. For example, glass beading looks incredible but only when the finish is immaculate and no one has been picking off the beads.