Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Eco-Friendly Textured Wall Coverings

By Melissa Higgins
Vero and Cottonwall, ASID Industry Partner

There are times when we are challenged with making a space feel more intimate and cozy. Textured wall coverings can help accomplish your vision bringing an organic architectural element to a space. Now more than ever, we have many sustainable design options.
100% Silk with Effect Material
In the past, most textured wall coverings contained vinyl. The vinyl used in these products consisted of high VOC’s and solvent based inks and dyes. Today, there are more eco-friendly finishes offered that are vinyl free, use water-based dyes and inks and contain little or no VOC’s. Recycled paper, cork, bamboo, grass cloth, and cotton are some of the materials used to create textured coverings. Grass cloth and cotton comprised of all-natural fibers generate a breathable, mold-resistant living space. Some like US Cottonwall, for example, offers acoustic values reducing noise and echoes, making the product ideal for theater rooms, large noisy office and restaurant spaces, and anywhere indoor comfort and serenity is desired.

Bama Silk

When choosing a recycled paper, V2 tiles by Mio are preferred. The tiles can be arranged in various ways to add unique architectural design and depth to a room. Another option is Japanese plant based wall treatments like straw which claim to give “spiritual healing.”  US CottonWall, is a hand trowelled, seamless, bio-based cotton plaster. Made with renewable materials, this high-density wall finish offers customizable creations with the use of mica chips, a selection of glitters, and metallic threads. Each individual order is hand dyed specific to the job and no materials are wasted. All extra material is set aside in case of future repairs, which are simple and not noticeable for the life of the plaster. Most wall coverings on the market today last at least 10 years. Less waste is created when you can patch a damaged wall opposed to striping and re-plastering or re-applying wallpaper.

Gray Granite

How and where these products are manufactured are also important questions to ask when helping to create a viable ecologically friendly space. All of these natural products help designers, architects, and engineers earn LEED points and at the same time, improve the quality of our environment and that of generations thereafter. There are innovative products being introduced to the market every day. It’s your responsibility to get educated and make sure the products you are selecting are indeed green, so you can put these fine finishes to work on your next project knowing you have made a responsible decision for our environment as well as a warm, welcoming atmosphere for your clients to enjoy for years to come.

Vero, founded in 2001, is the national distributor of Italian seasoned slaked lime and resin plaster finishes for interior and exterior wall surfaces. The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Coast, CA is an example showcasing the authentic products. They recently introduced a line of all-natural, bio-based cotton fiber plasters for interior quiet and cozy spaces. Customers may choose from hundreds of standard colors, or they can match any color specified.  Visit their showroom in Orange, CA. Instructional classes offered. Please contact Melissa Higgins at 714.637.7341.
2911 N. Orange-Olive Rd.
Orange, CA 92865
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