There’s an old adage that goes “what goes around, comes around” and this rings true in the case of pressed-tin panels. Introduced in the late 1800s, these metal sheets were widely used in both residential and commercial buildings as a practical solution to cover up damaged ceilings. The fact that they are fire-resistant was an added bonus. It didn’t take long when homeowners realized that pressed-tin panels also make for great ceiling décor since they look like ornate plasterwork without the pricey tag attached to them.
Although their use somewhat declined in the subsequent years after their introduction in the market, pressed-tin panels are making a comeback. According to experts, part of the reason why they are popular again is the increased interest in home restoration. Many homeowners find that these panels are perfect elements to bring the life back to traditional home designs and they also fit in well with some contemporary decorating schemes.
More than just as decorative elements overhead, pressed-tin panels can also be used in a variety ways to add interest to homes. And if you’re looking at redecorating your place and you’d like to incorporate such elements to your decor, here are some suggestions how you can creatively use them to give your nest a bold new look.
Pressed-tin panels may seem like a cold choice for a wall surface, but with their ornamental design they are actually an excellent choice to create a focal wall. Once applied, they lend a truly distinctive feel to the space. And with the numerous finish options and the fact that you can paint them, they provide you a lot of room for customization. One caution, though: when using pressed-tin panels as a wall covering, especially if you intend to use them on all four walls, make sure that you incorporate a lot of fabrics into the room. The fabrics will help absorb the reverberating sound that these metal sheets bounce off to the space.
Pressed-tin panels are also great alternatives for conventional backsplash materials like tiles and stones. In fact, a lot of manufacturers today create pressed-tin panels that are especially designed for backsplash use. They made them resistant against spills, stains, rust and mold and mildew growth. Some manufacturers also copy dozens of antique designs and patterns and apply it on their products to befit a range of interior design. So whether you have a cottage-style or contemporary kitchen, you’ll surely find pressed-tin panels that you can use as a backsplash that won’t detract from the look of your space.
Tired of the same old look of your bed? Spruce it up a bit by making a headboard out of pressed-tin panels. All you need is to assemble a basic headboard frame and add the pressed sheets onto it. The raised patterns of the panels will definitely give your bed a fresh face. If desired, you can paint the surface with a semigloss enamel paint so that your new headboard won’t reflect light.
If you’re not ready to commit using pressed-tin panels on a large scale, you can just use them as accessories such as framed artwork. Simply cut the panels so that they fit in frames. Then paint each piece with your desired colors. Once dry, place them in the frames and group them together on a bare wall.
This home improvement advice was penned by one of the regular contributors of McIntyre Masonry, a family-run business in central Scotland that provides a wide range of stonework solutions. All their services are carried out by professional Stonemasons, thereby ensuring premier quality craftsmanship.