Reimagining an indoor space offers a myriad of creative options. From new colors to engaging textures, furniture choices, and signage, any space can feel new and exciting with strategic changes.
However, many people focus entirely on the aesthetic and do not consider the safety and hygiene of the wall coverings they choose.
Because these elements will remain a consistent presence in any space, understanding their impact on your health — and that of visitors or customers — is essential. Some options revitalize a room only to create new and unexpected problems such as lingering chemical smells or mold growth.
Here’s what you need to consider about how your interior decorative choices impact your well-being and how wall coverings can enhance the safety and hygiene of a space while creating an enchanting ambiance.
Durability and Cleanliness
One of the biggest advantages of wall coverings over other options, such as paint, is how easy they are to clean. Wall coverings are durable. Typically, they are made of thick material that stands up to some level of moisture or scratching.
That is an important feature because it prevents mold and other unwanted particles from becoming lodged into the damaged surface of the wall, where they can proliferate and cause problems with health and cleanliness.
Additionally, most custom wall coverings are easy to clean. Look for terms such as “scrubbable” or “washable,” which indicate you can use a lightly moistened cloth on stains or spills so they don’t spread or facilitate the growth of mold or mildew.
Compare this to other options, such as paint, which may permanently discolor or hold onto spills. Certain types of wall coverings can be covered with anti-microbial coatings to further reduce a wall’s role in the spread of dirt and germs.
Resistant to Flaking and Debris
Another risk with painted walls is their tendency to create debris and dust. Scratched, chipped, or damaged paint may create particulates that spread through the air or end up on the floor, where they are ground into the carpet or cracks in the tiling.
These dusty remnants can cause allergies and make your walls look poorly cared for. However, wall coverings are resilient, flexible, and breathable, so they will not come apart in this way. This improves air quality and reduces the burden of cleaning.
Texture and Noise
Wall coverings can be crafted with unique textures reminiscent of more expensive and high-end building materials, such as brick and wood. Such aesthetics serve other purposes beyond visual appeal.
The texture can help people to navigate in certain situations. For instance, in spaces with older residents, texture ensures that they maintain a solid grip on the wall as they use it to steady themselves. Alternatively, the textured surface is a powerful tool for acoustic control.
Instead of flat, painted walls that reflect sound waves and contribute to echoes or uncomfortable noise levels, textured wall coverings absorb sound and keep spaces quiet and comfortable without reducing the quality of speech or other sounds.
Low VOC Content
Paint used for walls typically includes volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which off-gas into the air as the paint dries and for some time afterward, especially when humidity and heat increase.
The result can be a noxious smell, as well as consistent exposure to chemicals that may cause headaches, respiratory distress, and more.
Wall coverings are a safer and more hygienic option because they contain few or no VOCs, keeping air quality high and eliminating the unpleasant smell of a newly renovated space.
One understated reason wall coverings are safer than paint or other alternatives is their visibility. Wall coverings can be customized to showcase any type of image, pattern, or logo you can imagine, and their surface can be crafted into anything from a matte finish to a glossy appearance.
These elements together ensure the covering fits seamlessly into your space in a visible manner that is effective for guiding the gaze and directing people. For instance, when the lights are off, a glossy wall covering is easier to see and avoid than flat paint.
Get Customized Wall Coverings for Your Home or Business
Reimagining your interior space can feel like an overwhelming task, but wall coverings make this process easy by contributing safety and hygiene in a customizable package.
The experts at Tree Towns can help you to create a personalized covering that suits your space’s needs, whether you are looking to exemplify your business ethic or create an oasis in your own home.
Contact Tree Towns to share your vision and learn about the custom wall covering options that are available.