When talking about wood as a material for wall treatments, nostalgic images of the 70s’ dark panels may involuntarily come to mind. Despite the fact that the taste for that particular look is long gone, wood wall treatments have never really left the stage. They have always found their way into residential and commercial spaces, albeit in more refined and aesthetically pleasing forms that appeal to the contemporary eye. Today, slat walls are a popular choice in interior design, and there are plenty of reasons for it.
With a modern, clean and minimalist look, yet with a presence that demands attention, slat walls rarely go unnoticed. Above all, it’s because of their texture and geometry. Dressing up a bare wall in any kind of material takes it out of the ordinary and creates a look that has more chances to get attention. When it comes to slat walls, the warmth and natural feel of the wood combined with the orderly patterns of the slats create the perfect mix for the contemporary taste that craves both nature and order.
Their 3D built and the texture of the wood makes a room instantly look richer and more sophisticated. Whether choosing light or dark-tones, incorporating slat walls into your design feels a bit like pampering your own space with that little detail that makes all the difference. While slat walls can be stained or painted, natural shades are excellent in creating a sense of natural beauty and a familiar, warm and cozy ambiance.
Beyond their aesthetic, however, the benefits of slat walls extend to functionality. Quality wood slats are durable and resistant to wear and tear, making them excellent choices for high-traffic commercial spaces. In addition, they are easy to maintain, clean up, and keep fresh and inviting.
Even more, they help improve acoustics in noisy spaces by absorbing sounds. This is of no little importance if you want to create an intimate atmosphere in a restaurant or one that is calm and conducive to intellectual efforts in an office.
In a restaurant, shop or any other physical business, slat walls can become part of the brand identity. This is because they have a strong presence and never fail to make a statement. They provide an excellent background for logos, neon signs, art or accent pieces, or they can simply shine by contrast with other materials, especially with natural ones.
While using wood as a wall treatment tends to bring in a rustic feel, this is not necessarily the case with slat walls. Painted ones, especially when the shade used is darker, have a definite modern look that exudes elegance and style.
When it comes to shapes or designs, the choices are far from limited. Irregular slat widths introduce an element of nonconformism into the design, while retaining the strict sense of order given by their impeccable geometry.
Rounded slat soften the look of the walls and invite you to touch them. This is a wonderful option if you want to create a familiar look with a slightly playful side.
Scalloped slats take the design even further. The depth and shadows of the wall treatment bring the wall to life, while its graceful lines create a pleasant sense of movement.
Of course, if you decide to incorporate slat walls into your design, you are not relegated to the traditional vertical style.
Even more, you can get creative and use the same material in atypical ways, such as beautifying your countertop base or even your furniture. Using wood slats for both a wall and an accent piece unifies the space and suggests a clear design goal and vision.
Solid or engineered wood isn’t your only choice when it comes to slat walls. In fact, other materials can offer you the same aesthetic along with a different set of benefits that you may find more suitable for your particular situation.
For example, ceramic or porcelain products can give you a similarly textured look and the warm feel of natural materials. Being heat-resistant, they may be a better choice for walls near stoves or fireplaces. Due to their low porosity, porcelain slat walls are virtually waterproof, making them a great option for humidity-prone areas or as a splash-resistant wall treatment. They can also help prevent the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria, which is crucial for areas with hygiene standards and requirements.
Ceramic slat walls have the same potential when it comes to various shapes and designs. This “triangle” porcelain stoneware 3D wall cladding, for instance, dresses up the walls and gives them more dimension.
To benefit from their aesthetic but without breaking the bank, you can use the same materials to install wainscoting. Echoing the same look in a soffit or another element of design can bring the space together and take full advantage of the visual appeal of slat planks.
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