Bedroom or Living Room Feature Walls

If you’re thinking of renovating your bedroom or living room, the walls are an interesting element to consider playing with. Gone are the days of monotony where every wall had the same cream/white paint. Apart from having innumerable paint color options from almost every brand like Asian paints or Berger, here’s some other ideas to spice up your walls.

 

Texture Wall

Source: Asian Paints
Source: Asian Paints

Staying with paint, you can look into either contrasting the color of one of your walls from the rest or adding in a pattern/texture. Your paint company can share plenty of options with you. Typically texture walls typically cost around 2x the cost of a regular paint job.

Wooden Paneling

Source: Casa Vogue
Source: Casa Vogue

Wooden panel walls used to be a sign of luxury in the old days, and you surely find plenty of wood panel walls up in the hills given the temperatures. They are back again with a modern twist and lend some serious character to your room. From charcoal finish to the more traditional teak grain here are a few wooden wall options for you to consider.

Source: Guilherme Torres
Source: Guilherme Torres
Source: Studio Mcgee
Source: Studio Mcgee

Exposed Brick

Source: Digs Digs
Source: Digs Digs

If you want to give your space a slightly unfinished or warehouse feel, exposed brick walls are a neat option. We would suggest doing it in slightly larger rooms because your room could end up feeling a bit smaller. Today there are a number of brick tile manufacturers with different sizes and finishes that you can buy and install to create an exposed brick wall. Be sure to think of the other elements in your room such as the lighting, flooring and ceiling to complete the look.

Wallpaper

If you want more choice of designs, wallpapers are the way to go. Pick a color theme for your room and visit a wallpaper vendor. They’ll have plenty of options to show you.

Source: Go Wallpaper UK
Source: Go Wallpaper UK
Source: Walls Need Love
Source: Walls Need Love

Waterproofing the Walls and Floors in your Apartment.

When renovating your home one of the most confusing aspects to plan for is the waterproofing. It’s something that doesn’t seem to add much to the aesthetics of the room, but can actually have the biggest impact on a space by protecting it from seepage and preventing structural and health damages caused by dampness and mold. The worst thing about damage caused by seepage is that you won’t realize anything is wrong till it’s too late.

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There are several reasons that cause damp walls, some of the more relevant ones are listed below:

  • Cracks on the exterior wall that allow rainwater to seep in.
  • Gaps in the floor tiles allow water from bathrooms to seep through and damage adjoining walls.
  • Water collects in the balcony due to improper drainage and seeps into interior walls.
  • Cracks in plumbing pipes.
  • Insufficient air circulation in bathrooms cause buildup of moisture.

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Remember as a thumb rule that water needs to be guided out, which means wet surfaces need to be properly sloped and sealed.

Waterproofing requires a lot of demolition of walls and floors, so combine it with a larger home renovation project. Use a reputed company, like Dr. Fixit, Fosroc or Asian paints, for waterproofing and get a warranty even if it’s a bit more expensive. Ideally your waterproofing should last up to 10 years without damage if applied correctly.

Types of waterproofing commonly used in India

Floor Waterproofing

For floor waterproofing one suggests using URP chemical above the cement concrete along with a waterproof membrane under your floor tiles and turn the membrane up around 4″ up onto the skirting on the walls. Make sure you re-grout your tiles every 18 months or so, this will avoid any moisture going through to the substructure.

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Wall Waterproofing

In order to waterproof your walls, remove the existing plastering, add a layer of tapecrete chemical (approx. 2-3 mm thick) followed by the wall plastering and paint.

Hope you found these tips useful, do share your renovation experiences with us in the comments below.

 

5 Renovation Ideas to Make a Rented Apartment Look and Feel Like Your Own

Usually, people who intend to put their homes on rent get minimal furnishing done. So when you rent an apartment, you’re likely to find it quite bare. Here are some changes you can make to personalize the space, without too much hassle.

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1) Removable storage options: Removable cupboards ideas are clever way to add storage in your new apartment. Easy to install kitchen islands are again a great way to add extra storage and informal dining space where your family can gather for meals.

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2) Light fixtures: Many a times landlords install ordinary fixtures when they plan to give out the house on rent. These most often don’t reflect your style. You may discuss installing shades of your choice, with the landlord, and agree to replace the old ones back, when you vacate the house.

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3) Wall decals: Wall decals are quick and easy way of renovation of your home. It is a very helpful decorating idea to give a fresh look to you old apartment.

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4) Wall Paint: You could ask your landlord if he is okay with you creating a textured wall. Most often, landlords do the whitewashing before they hand over the flat. If you have any colour preferences, you could specify them at this time. You may have to pay for a textured wall, but it would personalize your flat a bit more.

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5) Curtain fittings: When planning of small renovation you can finish your window makeover with a beautiful new set of curtains. Curtains can render an entirely new look to the existing look of your home and they are too easy to install.

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These cosmetic changes along with your classy decorative interior décor items, would certainly give your home that extra edge, and make you feel at home even in a rented apartment.

 

Handy-man tips for exposed brick walls.

What’s the point of owning house if you don’t mess around with it once in a while? Creating an exposed brick wall is more of a hands-on, DIY project, not meant for the faint hearted. Work closely with your contractor and follow these steps:

  • Pick a wall you want to expose.
  • Drill a hole to check if there’s actually brick back there.
  • Removed the plastering off the brick – this is a labor intensive and messy job so don’t start without enough help available.
  • Consider removing the damaged brick by drilling holes on all four corners of the mortar around the brick and shaking it loose or painstakingly chiseling it out.
  • Use a wire brush to scrub the wall.
  • Use warm water to sponge down your wall.
  • If you don’t want your house to collapse, grab some mortar repair (cement filler) and fill in the cracks and obviously replace any bricks your might have removed.
  • Clean the bricks again with warm water.
  • Use a sponge or brush to apply sealant onto the exposed brick wall, use a brick sealant with matte finish rather than a polyurethane sealant which will give the wall an unnatural glossy finish.

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BONUS TIPS:

  • To hang pictures and paintings drill your holes into the mortar rather than the brick.
  • Use exposed copper pipes as conduits to run wires if necessary rather than chasing the wall.
  • Compliment your exposed brick wall with some sleek contemporary furniture.

So what are you waiting for?  Head to your local hardware store and get started today..

Have you ever exposed a brick wall? Do you have any tips on how to do it? Leave your comments below.