Drywall is a necessity in most building projects, but many fail to see how important it is to the finished look of a home or structure. In fact, as much as 70% of the interior finished surfaces of a building or residential dwelling are normally covered in drywall. Because of this, drywall work can greatly enhance or take away from the beauty and aesthetics of a space.
Since the creation of drywall, contractors and professional installers alike have agreed that invisible seams and flawless transitions are of the utmost importance. Even for the most meager project, consumers want smooth surfaces with no cracks, gaps, or seams showing. Additionally, it has consistently been important to choose the proper type of drywall product. If you are going to be covering a surface that may be in a damp area, for example, choosing specialty “green board” will help to reduce the likelihood of mold, mildew, and deterioration of the walls over time.
In recent years, however, the “upgrades” available in the world of drywall have really come a long way. With the introduction of new products, such as drywall beading, and new and/or improved techniques, the possibilities for beautification using drywall are nearly limitless. Here are some of the ways that drywall innovations can create effect, character, and luxury in any interior space.
While the architectural design of archways is quite ancient, using drywall to create this effect has only become popular as of late. The low cost (compared to using other materials), ease of installation, and dramatic finished appearance all make this “extra” a great idea for homes, office spaces, or other interior finished space.
Decorative Outside Corners
Although many corners will not require anything more than a smooth seam and tight fitting drywall, some demand a little more attention. For places where character is desired, drywall installers can create decorative outside corners. While the finished product is quite impressive and adds ornamental flair to an otherwise plain corner, the technique is actually pretty simple and inexpensive to install.
Ceiling Accents & Trays
Everyone loves the look and luxury of crown moulding in a home, but the price can be quite out of the budget for some. For a lower cost way to dress up ceilings and ceiling corners, consider using drywall to create a similar styling. By lowering the outside section of ceiling by a few inches, and then using beading to round corners and transition pieces together, furring lumber and drywall scrap pieces can truly add elegance and style to any room.
Panels on Walls
Many have seen the “wainscot” look of walls, often found in formal dining rooms or master suites. The individual panels that divide a wall in this style not only give the space charm and opulence, but also provide for dramatic painting options as well. While this look can be created using traditional wood trim pieces or other more expensive options, it can also be accomplished using drywall scraps that have been cut and pieced together to create the “frames” of the design. The edges are then finished with a decorative bead before joint compound is applied. Finish with sanding and caulk for any spaces and you have a spectacular “upgrade” to your wall at a minimal cost.
Whether you are looking to improve an existing space or build a completely new structure, drywall can be utilized in a variety of ways. From its traditional use in creating the smooth canvas of walls and ceilings to more advanced and decorative work, it is an area of construction that is as important to appearance as it is essential for space division.