A Guide to Selecting Materials in Your Home

March 25, 2016

It can be challenging to decide on materials to use on walls and ceilings in your home, primarily because there are so many options. Materials come from a variety of sources (natural and fabricated). They can be rigid or hard, soft, or flexible. Their weights vary too.

Here are a few general things to know:

1. Hard materials tend to echo throughout the space, softer materials absorb sound.

2. Materials like wood, stone, and tile, which are permanent, are a greater up front investment. However, they are the least costly in the long term.

3. Overall, interiors should be flexible to change when it comes to paint, fabric, wall coverings.

4. Creativity and risk-taking is always encouraged when it comes to style. However, keep in mind that they can also be restrictive if you choose more permanent products such as tile or wood.

5. Size matters. Using things like heavy textures and colors that are intense or dark can cause a room to look smaller. More subtle textures, small patterns, and soft colors make spaces appear larger.

And here are some popular wall and ceiling materials you may choose from:

1. Brick: Heavy, hard material that may be costly to install. Lasts for a long time and no upkeep.

2. Concrete: Hard and heavy, but can be expensive. Subtle appearance, long lasting and minimul upkeep.

3. Glass: Can be used from minimalist to decorative design, and costs range from moderate to expensive. 

4. Metals (e.g., aluminum, stainless steel, bronze): Can be costly to produce and install, but they are decorative and rich. Most metals require minimal upkeep.

5. Paint: The most cost effective wall treatment, and has the most diversity in options. Upkeep can be demanding, but painting walls also allows for frequent changes and updates.

6. Stone (e.g., granite, limestone, marble): All heavy, costly materials that last indefinitely. Beautiful, unique patterns that are decorative. Little to no upkeep.

7. Ceramic tile: Mosaic tile, for example, can be costly and labor intensive to install, but the visual effect is stunning. They will last indefinitely with little to no upkeep. Tile is most commonly used in kitchens and baths.

8. Wood: Can be expensive to buy, but it is easy to install. It will last for a long time and there is versatility in appearance (can be stained, painted, or sealed). Minimal upkeep.

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