Types of interior finishes: floor, wall and ceiling cladding



After finding your dream property the next mission is to renovate and decorate it, but a given mission is not necessarily a mission accomplished, is it? We have to have planning, quality materials and qualified professionals to fulfill this mission.

Again I emphasize that using the right material in your project will make your investment valued and your satisfaction maintained for a long time.

When it comes to floors for indoor areas, the various options of today cannot be compared with those of 15 years ago, when we had only parquet floors, floors and ceramic tiles that lasted an average of 10 years, they offered a lot of practicality, except for cleaning the grout, 10mm thickness, stained easily.

The porcelain floor came to compete directly with ceramic floor, it is the current choice for those looking tiled floors, shiny or matte, particularly really like the end result with fine grouting at most 2 mm. It is the perfect floor for those who want to get practicality and beauty in any environment in the house, this type of floor combines with several models of rugs leaving a modern and clean environment.

Enameled Porcelain

Other synthetic floors that have come to compete in the market are vinyl and laminate. Both imported, with patterns that refer to wooden floors, offer comfort and sophistication to the environment.

The vinyl is a floor with acoustic comfort, makes the environment feel warm and cozy, already installed this floor including kitchen, and was wonderful.

The laminate is noisier, if you have a puppy in the apartment, the neighbor below can be bothered by the traffic of the paws! I recommend MDF baseboards for finishing vinyl and laminate floors.

There are finished floors with synthetic products applied over hardwood floors and hardwood floors, these products are so sophisticated that they even have odorless ones. This finish still requires care as they are easily scratched by sanded shoes or furniture dragged without proper care.

The natural stones polished granite and marble are still widely used to coat the floor, but the options are more expensive of my list.

The granite is more resistant and marble more porous, both require an additional layer of protection to keep the waterproofed parts against stains. Without a doubt, they are floors that offer durability for the rest of their lives if well maintained.

Another trend for flooring was burnt cement, which we only saw in the backyards of humbler houses. I have never used burnt cement for interiors precisely because it is a coating that suffers directly from the action of time, with the movement of the building, loses the flexibility of the environment, gets cracked and cracked very easily. It requires a specialized workforce with perfect execution technique.

To compete with natural rocks and polished that are granite and marble, arrived in a while synthetic products that mimic natural stone, the Siltstone (the raw material is quartz) and Corina® (the raw materials are resins, natural minerals and pigments), I use these options for the production of sinks, parts for the kitchen, bathroom, service area, toilet and laundry as they are more resistant to friction, water absorption and stains, but they make the projects much more expensive. The finished piece looks splendid, the fabrication is perfect with imperceptible joints.

For the walls I recommend wallpaperwood panels (MDF), curtains (with or without the use of blackout to block the sun), sliding panelsblindsporcelain wall coverings and decorative tiles. I also recommend paintings, mirrors, decorative pieces, cobogós, glass bricks and a magnificent color study with good quality paints are all the rage and complete my list of suggestions to make the environment beautiful and cozy.

I rarely recommend ceramic tile, due to the aesthetic fact, the grout needs to be wider and makes daily cleaning difficult. The textures are also almost in disuse inside the environments, I only do it if the client doesn’t give up the preference, and I feel that the protruding surface causes discomfort.

For the ceiling I do a lot of plaster design to hide the air conditioning infrastructure; decorative molding in the most diverse positions and overlaps, taking care to favor the lighting technique (project developed according to the arrangement on the ceiling of each spot, pendant, chandelier, lamp, etc.) of each environment; Ceiling wheel and plaster moldings look beautiful and come in various designs and applications. A good interior professional will be able to help you choose the appropriate plaster model according to the height of the right foot (height of the room) you have, in order to avoid causing a feeling of oppression and flatness when entering the room.

In a next post I will talk about landscaping, winter gardens, types of plants and pots indoors, natural and artificial vertical garden, until then.