Wall panels serve many functions, from providing descriptions of exhibits in museums and galleries to hiding away electronics such as stereo speakers. As a decor element, they are an excellent way to break up wall space. This can be achieved by paneling the upper or lower half of the wall, installing wainscoting, creating a faux finish, or one of several other methods.
In the business setting, there are portable or temporary wall panels that can be used to divide a space into cubicles. Modular panels may be constructed of wood or metal and are often covered with textured materials, fabrics, paneling or wallpaper to make them more aesthetically pleasing. There are also acoustical and sound absorbing versions that are perfect for the studio.
In the home, wall panels are usually used for visual appeal. If a homeowner prefers something less extensive than paneling or wainscoting, faux finishes or even faux panels may work well. A faux finish can be used to create the look of wood, stone or fabric panels. Alternatively, trim can be added to a wall to create the look of inlaid panels. Creating a line of faux panels and painting the molding to match the wall color creates an architectural element that looks as if it has always been there.
Other types of temporary wall panels are employed in the home. Many homeowners do not want or cannot afford modular panels, but they may use fabric panels to quickly and inexpensively give a basement, attic or garage a finished look. These are made from heavy fabric such as canvas, and can be easily hung in a matter of hours to cover unfinished ceilings and walls, giving any space a clean, refined look.
There are other types of wall panels that help lessen the time and cost of construction. Contractors can order framed out wall panels for nearly any project. Proper measurements, layout and special requirements such as frames for windows are necessary to produce these panels. They arrive on the job site ready to go up, accompanied by details as to the placement of each one.