A wood accent wall adds warmth and character to any home, whether it’s on the inside or outside. However, taking on such a project requires some careful thinking about the wall’s exact location, the choice of wood, the angle at which boards should be laid out, and the overall look you hope to achieve.
Here is some useful design advice to help you get started.
Interior wall design: dos and don’ts
When it comes to wood accent walls, your best bet is to keep things simple. Choose a single wall in a spacious, uncluttered room, like a bedroom or a living room. Select a surface with plenty of natural light from the windows. The wall should be in full view when stepping into the room, for more impact.
In a small room, accent walls could make the space feel even more cramped. Use wood boards sparingly in busy areas—like your kitchen. For example, finish only one side of an island or apply wood planks as a backsplash; composite wood is resistant to water and easy to clean.
About the wall surface
Consider whether you’ll be laying your boards horizontally, vertically, or mixing both to create a pattern. If you’re installing short cladding “tiles” or long vertical wall siding, begin by adding horizontal strapping.
Preparing, cutting, and installing planks
Composite wood does not need preparation—your planks are ready to install right away. Start installing your boards at the bottom of the wall, then work your way up or from left to right.
Don’t modify our products to achieve a reclaimed wood style
Are you looking for an eco-friendly solution? Wood composite is, by nature, eco-friendly. It mixes recycled plastic and recycled wood fibres. Or if you are trying to reproduce a rustic or farmhouse look, stay tuned for our new timber products.
Can’t wait? Here are some pieces of advice on how to build a reclaimed wood accent wall.
- Clean planks thoroughly to prevent mould, mildew and termites.
- Be patient with crooked, uneven boards; they are more challenging to install.
- Colour may vary, so buy more wood than needed to avoid mismatches.
- For safety, get rid of all remaining nails, metal pegs or staples in the boards when using a power saw.
Feature wall ideas using composite wood:
To install products accordingly to their requirements, please read the technical charts.
- Create a geometric accent wall design by laying your boards at various angles to reproduce geometrical shapes.
- Use wood panelling around the fireplace; adding wood around the fireplace will help you to create a focal point in a living room. Yes, you may use composite panels. Although, make sure your setup complies with the product’s safety guidelines.
- Create a textured accent wall with alternating indentations. NewTechWood’s castellated wall cladding allows you to effortlessly put together accent walls with greater depth.
How to create accents on exterior walls
Wood composite cladding is more naturally suited for a modern look. Yet, this can be balanced by mixing composite with classic materials such as stone or brick. The result is both timeless and modern, chic yet warm and welcoming.
Combining multiple tones of cladding is also very popular. Use lighter and darker shades of wood composite or create a colour contrast with other materials. This will help create highlights while bringing in some variety in your design.
Going vertical, horizontal—or combining both
Vertical composite cladding creates the illusion of height and has a more contemporary look. Horizontal cladding may be considered outdated by some. However, there’s still an appealing simplicity to it. With some careful planning, you could mix both to highlight individual sections of a home.
Read on for more exterior wall siding ideas.
Wood composite is a luxurious, eco-friendly material that is ready to install. It’s also perfect for building modern wood accent walls, inside or outside. NewTechWood’s Ultrashield technology protects composite against insects and mould, and since it’s designed to endure the elements, it can be used in high-moisture environments, such as a bathroom or an indoor pool.
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