Recently gaining popularity is such a way of decorating the walls of residential premises, such as lining. Despite the fact that the coating was originally intended for the floor, it proved to be quite suitable for decorating walls.
Laminate wall decoration in the kitchen: pros and cons
The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to kitchen walls is an apron in the cooking area. But this is not the only surface in the kitchen that needs decoration! What are the advantages of laminate over other materials used for wall sheathing:
- The material is very decorative and is able to ennoble even a concrete partition in the usual "Khrushchev" or "brezhnevka".
- Laminate does not require complicated maintenance - it is enough to regularly clean dust and splashes from it.
- It is quite easy to install, if this does not require leveling the base.
- The coating is able to give the room a more respectable and well-groomed appearance, provided that you select a picture that copies valuable wood species.
- Laminate flooring allows the landlord to express his creative vision, teeming with colors and textures that can be combined to your liking.
- In financial terms, the material is quite accessible, which is one of its main advantages.
The disadvantages of the material include its sensitivity to water and aggressive detergents. Also, one should not forget that it is not as environmentally friendly as it is presented: although it is created, in fact, from paper, glue and resins are used for its production, which can negatively affect the human body in certain conditions.
Choosing a laminate for a kitchen wall
It is worth immediately deciding for what purpose you decided to sheathe the walls with laminate. If the goal is to mask the crumbling plaster, then anyone will do, if only it is quite rigid to bend. If you want to give the interior of the room a more expensive look, as well as combine various colors, then the following factors should be considered:
- do not use a laminate with a lock, which implies flexibility of the coating relative to the stiffening rib (the exception is finishing a rounded bay window, but in this case laying the material will cause a lot of trouble), since a wavy wall does not look better than a wall with stucco irregularities, rather the opposite;
- when choosing a laminate of different colors, it should be borne in mind that even visually identical locks may not actually snap into place, as a result of which there will be gaps between the plates that will be difficult to close (and given high humidity in the room, the laminate from the joints will begin to “heal” very quickly), check compatibility of locks should be at the stage of purchase;
- the kitchen is a room with high humidity, so choose the most moisture resistant class of laminate;
- consider the change in wall thickness after sheathing - do not take panels that are too thick if you are not going to sew them the entire wall from floor to ceiling - it will subsequently be difficult to decorate the upper edge of the panels.
ATTENTION! At the beginning of the article, an apron was mentioned in the kitchen area - the laminate is not suitable for use in this area! Again due to moisture sensitivity and household chemicals. For this site, tiles or plastic wall panels are more suitable.
Panel Layout Methods
It should immediately be noted: it is more difficult to make a wall with a laminate than to lay it on the floor - purely physically.
When laying on a concrete wall, you need to start work with its alignment (which is a time-consuming task) or with the installation of guides around the perimeter of the surface to be sewn (which will reduce the total volume of the room and, with strong unevenness of the wall, will create favorable conditions for rodents).
If space allows, it is better to install wooden blocks on the wall, to which sheets of laminate will subsequently be sewn, but this is permissible only if you are not confused by the presence on the surface of the cover of nails or screws. Again, if you are pursuing the goal of imitating a sheath made of natural wood, you should choose this type of mount to complete the picture.
In the event that nails and self-tapping screws on the surface of the plates are unacceptable for you, you can use "liquid nails", but this method requires perfect alignment of the wall and does not imply an easy replacement of the coating - there is a risk of plaster collapse when dismantling the lining.
IMPORTANT! Do not lay a substrate under the laminate when using it on the wall, especially if there is a large amount of condensation in the apartment or house - this will adversely affect both the external coating and the wall itself. When mounting on wooden bars, you can use building vapor barrier, but in this case it is necessary to install the bars according to the principle: rail - counter rails, the membrane between them, since it should not touch hard coatings. This method will significantly reduce heat loss (relevant for apartments on the lower floors and private houses), but "steal" the internal volume of the room.
Prepare a jigsaw or grinder if there are sockets and switches on the wall to be sewn! It is impossible to cut holes for them manually in the laminate!
Laminate kitchen wall design options with photo
When designing a room, one should rely on color combinations: choose panels of such a color that they harmonize with the overall color scheme of the kitchen - floor, furniture, curtains.
If you are going to use different colors, the texture should be the same. If you want to play on the contrast of gloss / dullness, the colors should exactly repeat those that are already in the room, the panels selected on the basis of close similarity will look clumsy.
The most common design option is the color zoning of cooking and eating areas. In this case, the color transition should be made in a “checkerboard” way, that is, the joints on the short side in adjacent rows should not be on the same line (the same criterion is used to enhance the resistance of the coating to bursting).
The width and length of the laminate sheets are most often expressed in a ratio of 1: 6, which allows you to combine horizontal and vertical laying. Thus, you can even create a semblance of a panel that does not require additional decoration, since in itself it can become a work of art.