Wall coverings are an undeniable ally in giving your interior decoration a facelift.
Whether you are building or renovating, wall coverings are not to be taken lightly.
So we’ve put together this guide to give you an idea of the coverings available on the market and their respective characteristics.
Tile for your wall covering
Wall tiles are traditionally dedicated to the wet rooms of a house. However, it can be used in any room (living room or hallway).
Indeed, wall tiles are offered on the market in different types of materials, including :
Porcelain stoneware: very appreciated for its robustness and ease of maintenance. It comes in many finishes, colors, and types (full body, glazed, polished). Moreover, it can imitate many materials (wood, leather, natural stone, concrete, etc.).
Earthenware: commonly used for wall coverings in a bathroom or kitchen. It is mainly composed of ceramic and is available in different patterns and colors.
Cement tiles: very aesthetic with their retro side and very appreciated for their solidity; these materials have received a water and oil-repellent treatment in a factory so that they can be installed on interior and exterior walls.
Natural stone: it is a weighty material but noble par excellence. However, like cement tiles, they must receive a waterproof and stain-resistant treatment during their manufacture.
The mosaic: most often obtained by scraps of tiles, with quite particular formats, it is installed in the bathrooms and is available with various materials. It can give your interior a unique style with different colors.
Paint for ordinary wall covering
Paint is the most common type of wall covering! It comes in an infinite number of shades and can be perfectly adapted to any room and applied for all kinds of surfaces:
Water-based paint: it is more ecological, less odorous and less harmful than oil-based paint. However, it isn’t easy to maintain because it is delicate.
Oil-based paint: this one is based on organic solvents but is very appreciated for its tense aspect and ease of maintenance. However, being composed of several chemical elements, it is very toxic for humans.
Decorative coatings for a touch of originality
Decorative coatings are the most used in interior decoration. Indeed, they can create a unique and modern atmosphere with beautiful material effects. Specialists in plaster coatings offer an extensive choice, including:
Lime coating: very appreciated for its antibacterial virtues and capacity to regulate humidity, it is a natural coating allowing to mask the defects of a wall while creating an authentic and rustic atmosphere in your room.
Render: is a lime-based wall coating, but intended to cover exterior walls, particularly resistant. However, the plaster can be applied inside. Depending on the tool used for the application, it can be declined in different aspects: a smooth rendering with a roller and an irregular aspect with a trowel or a tyrolean.
Stucco: also based on lime, but with added glue and marble dust, it is mainly intended to imitate the natural appearance of marble.
Waxed concrete effect coating: is a mixture of sand, lime, and clay. The “waxed concrete” look is obtained by polishing the wall and applying a layer of varnish. It is particularly appreciated for its resistance to scratches, stains and humidity.