March 13, 2023
By: The Finished Space
Popular interior design trends tend to cycle back into the spotlight at some point. We saw it with gold décor, bright wallpapers, mid-century furniture, and shiplap walls. Now, it’s time for wooden wall panels to become insanely popular again, and we are here for it.
The reason for wall panels having a sudden resurgence isn’t just about how people crave the nostalgia of their youth. There are actually many benefits to choosing wall panels for interior design.
First and foremost, wall panels have a certain aesthetic appeal that no one can deny. Wall panels can take an ordinary wall and completely transform it with visual interest, using clean, parallel lines that create texture without pulling focus. In modern designs, the possibilities are almost endless.
As a home designer, you can take a lot of liberties with how you use certain décor options. Sometimes, the more unique something is, the better, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility to pair two panels together or make intricate geometric designs out of paneling. It’s totally up to you, and there’s nothing we love more than a versatile design element.
Wood panels are also incredibly easy to install. Whether you’re a professional contractor, an experienced DIYer, or somebody just getting started, it’s totally possible for you to install them yourself.
Of course, we can’t say the same for other wall treatments, which require lots of hands-on experience and technical know-how. That’s one factor that sets wall panels apart and makes them a truly unique design element.
Wall panels are also great for protecting the sheetrock underneath. Like crown moulding, baseboards, chair rails, and other types of trim, you can use wall panels to create a buffer between your wall and everything else.
If you’re moving around furniture or vacuuming and you bump into the wall, the damage will be much less severe. Not only are wall panels super durable, but they’re also easy to replace if they get damaged.
In addition to acting as an added layer of wall protection, wall panels also create an additional layer that enhances soundproofing and improves insulation. If you’re the type of homeowner or designer who values energy efficiency and personal privacy, then wall panels are the ideal choice for your interior walls.
Another benefit of wall panels is that they come in a range of materials. They’re an excellent option for any home designer looking for something budget-friendly, or something more luxurious and expensive. If you’re looking for one of the best materials on the market today, we highly recommend teak.
Teak wall panels are wall panels created with teak, a species of hardwood native to the tropical regions in Southeast Asia. It’s a medium-to-dark brown wood with a golden hue that darkens with age. It also has a straight grain pattern and smooth, oily texture that gives it a luxurious feel.
Teak is a material known for its strength, durability, and water resistance. It’s also naturally resistant to insects, decay, and rot, which makes it ideal for outdoor furniture. For those same reasons, it’s an incredible choice for interior wall panels.
There are many properties that make teak an outstanding choice for interior wall panels, so let’s break them down a little bit:
Durability: With a Janka rating between 1000-1155, teak is an incredibly hard material with exceptional durability and resistance to wear and tear. In addition to all the benefits that make it ideal for outdoor furniture, you won’t have to replace it any time soon.
Aesthetics: Teak has a rich, warm color and beautiful grain patterns which makes it an ideal material choice for a designer who likes natural hardwood.
Sustainability: We harvest our teak from responsibly managed forests. It’s a long-lasting, durable material that can be reused, which reduces waste and promotes sustainability.
Low Maintenance: Thanks to its durability, teak requires very little maintenance and it can be easily cleaned with soap and water.
Resale Value: Teak is also a valuable material, so by using teak for your wall panels, it’ll increase your property’s resale value.
Are you thinking about renovating your interior walls with teak wall panels? If so, you’ve come to the perfect place. At Metrie, we specialize in creating high-quality, industry-leading wall panels and other interior and exterior design elements.