Wall Paneling: Get Inspired By These 5 Applications

Every element in a building contributes not only to the aesthetic appeal, but to the perception of each and everyone who enters its doors. What message are you sending visitors, tenants, guests, customers, or employees? When you use wall panels, your surfaces send a bold message of quality, durability, and versatility. Here are five common applications for these innovative systems.

1. Media Walls. Integrate today’s most advanced technology into your walls. Whether it’s a corridor or a lobby, you can bring it to life, reinforce your brand image, and reach your customers/tenants effectively.

The AIM Academy, for instance, built an addition with a new gymnasium, auditorium, and other critical spaces. They wanted to grab the attention of everyone who entered the school. In the lobby, their 16-foot media wall features customized images created in their art-department, a monitor, and integrated speakers. Visitors, prospective students, families, and others have an instant, and beautiful, introduction to the school, and AIM can create a lot of great experiences.

What will you do with a media wall? Anything you can imagine.

2. Lobbies and reception areas. With an innovative wall paneling system, you can enliven your lobby or reception space and create a favorable, lasting impression of your building as soon as people walk in to the moment they leave. AIM did it with their media wall, but static panels also offer an engaging solution. Vibrant colors, eye-catching videos, printed images and entrancing patterns are sure to draw a lot of positive attention. So much time is spent in these spaces—don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with people in them.

3. Vestibules. Passages, corridors, and hallways are critical building elements, and the right wall paneling solution can make them even more useful. The Robert Wood Johnson Health System (RWJ), for example, undertook an extensive renovation to bring their facilities up to a standard befitting the quality of their care. They wanted to color coordinate their hallways so patients and visitors could use them for wayfinding (e.g. “Follow the blue corridor to find your exam room.”).

At the same time, they needed surfaces that were non-microbial, easy to clean, and durable enough to withstand constant use and abuse. Their wall paneling system meets all their requirements, and provides a simple, elegant way to assist people in finding their way around the hospital.

4. Conference Rooms. The conference room of the 21st century has arrived. When made with high-quality materials like Gorilla Glass®, which is optically clear, you can turn any wall into a whiteboard. This is ideal for any number of applications, from presentations and brainstorming sessions to trainings and meetings.

Additionally, you have a wide range of colors, patterns, finishes, and materials from which to choose. Your wall panels can enhance your overall aesthetic and create the ideal conditions for productivity.

5. Elevators. Depending on your building’s traffic, hundreds of pairs of eyes see your elevators every day. With wall paneling systems, you can make the most of that opportunity. Google, for instance, uses interlocking panels in the executive offices of its Chrome team. The elevators feature the tech giant’s trademark colors, logo, and an interactive screen that mimics the Google Doodle. Quirky, fun, fresh, and cost effective, the panels align perfectly with Google’s brand identity – sophisticated yet simple.

You can mount a television screen to any wall. You can hang artwork on any wall. You can use any wall as a hub for communication or information with posters and a few thumbtacks. By using innovative wall paneling systems, however, you can do all this in an elegant, seamless way that reinforces your brand identity and enables you to meet key budget, schedule, functional, and aesthetic goals. No matter what your application, these systems are designed for maximum simplicity – and maximum results.

Incorporating Wall Paneling Throughout Your Design

When redesigning a space, the key to make maximum impact is to choose the right materials. Interlocking wall panels have a host of benefits: they’re durable, affordable, highly customizable, and easy to maintain. Most importantly, using a wall-paneling system opens up the possibilities for dozens of material types, so that you can achieve virtually any aesthetic. Want proof? Check it out:

The Aesthetic: Contemporary

Your Vision: You envision airy, open spaces with clean, modern lines. Carefully selected accents in bold shades add more than color – they evoke a specific feeling.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Gorilla® Glass. Ultra-light and optically clear, this sleek glass is a true blank canvas—it won’t change the color of the materials behind it at all, so you can achieve the exact color tone you want.
  • Laminate. With plenty of high-definition options, highly versatile laminate comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and images, mirroring the look of other materials, without the added weight and cost.

The Aesthetic: Industrial

Your Vision: Exposed bricks. Concrete or weathered wood floors. Structural beams and metal air ducts. Exposed, the materials of your building become critical design elements. Instead of hiding these features, you want to highlight their gritty appeal.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Rigidized® Metals. Up to 75% stronger than ordinary metal sheets, Rigidized® Metals easily balance form and function. With glossy, brushed, and matte finishes and a variety of embossed textures they’re tough to beat in an industrial design.
  • Wood Veneer. The look of natural wood is an ideal contrast to exposed brick, metal, and ductwork. Specify your species – from American Walnut to cool Ash Lati or rich, dark Mocha Oak– that will help you reach your design goals.

The Aesthetic: Branded

Your Vision: You want to create a design that’s perfectly aligned with, and totally representative of, a brand’s identity. You need to match – not just come close – specific colors, logos, graphics, and other elements.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Gorilla® Glass. With high-resolution printing capabilities and true color matches, you can replicate any branding element with ease and unerring accuracy. You can even specify a precise Pantone color – you’ll still get an exact match.
  • Laminate. Maintain the look of wood, stone, and other surfaces throughout the building design, from the lobby and hallways, into the elevator – without the budget headaches. Laminate is affordable, durable, and versatile enough to build the brand from the ground up. If you haven’t yet seen a pattern that matches your aesthetic, don’t worry; you can customize a Laminate pattern that suits your brand perfectly.

The Aesthetic: Bright and Bold

Your Vision: Your design exudes youth and energy, turning the space into an oasis of color, interest, and unique flavor. In short: it pops.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Móz®. These designer metals are no wallflowers; Móz metals offer incredible texture and brilliant color for a design element that’s truly unique.
  • Gage®. Chic GageCarve® has a definite contemporary edge. Pair with colorful laminate for an eye-popping effect.
  • Gorilla® Glass. With this glass, you are only limited by your creativity. Print even the most wild and creative graphics with stunning clarity. Stripes? Polka dots? Leopard print? Gorilla Glass puts anything you can image beneath a crystal clear, ultra-durable surface.

The Aesthetic: High-Tech Minimalist

Your Vision: You make the complex simple. Your space integrates high-tech elements, like interactive walls, with flush lines for a seamless look. No nonsense; all simplicity and style.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Gorilla® Glass. For a material that is as high-tech as your design, there can be no substitute. With the potential to integrate high-end, interactive technology right into your wall panels, Gorilla Glass offers the additional benefits of strength, durability, and pristine imaging. Gorilla Glass is also available with tight seams for an even cleaner look.

The Aesthetic: Luxury

Your Vision: You’re picturing rich textures, exotic materials, and high-end finishes. The end result should exude decadence, so the finishings need to look and feel high-end – and that look needs to stand up against time.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Stone. What’s more luxurious than natural stone? Interlocking wall panels give you the natural, expensive look without the weight, thanks to our lightweight honeycomb panels.
  • Wood Veneer. A timeless classic, wood adds warmth, elegance, and depth to any surface. From rich, deep Walnut Groove, to the mixed colors of Macassar Black and White Goove, you have a variety to choose from.
  • Gage®. Gage metal surfaces brings a sophisticated edge to high-end applications with lustrous, dimensional patterns which add a tactile element to your design.
  • Móz®. These hand-etched metal laminates provide the richly textured look and visual depth that defines modern luxury.

The Aesthetic: Durable and Utilitarian.

Your Vision: Your design values function over finish. You need panels that are resilient, simple to maintain, safe, and relatively attractive. If you’re designing for hospitals, office buildings, hotels, universities, or other high-traffic buildings, you know the elevator walls need to be able to take a beating and still look great.

Achieve Your Look:

  • Laminate. No frills, no fuss. Just excellent results. Laminate comes in a variety of popular colors and patterns that will stand up to heavy use and abuse without showing their age.
  • Compact. Ideal for high-impact, high-traffic areas, such as lobbies and elevators, Compact is durable, non-porous, non-microbial, and affordable. But it’s not all work and no play: Compact offers scores of design options so you can achieve the look you want.

SnapCab interlocking wall panels enable ultimate freedom and convenience. With such a range of options, it’s finally possible to find the materials that can achieve the exact look you envisioned.

4 Myths You Probably Believe About Modular Systems

Why should designers and elevator maintenance companies opt for modular systems? Simply because they make remodeling elevators faster, simpler, and more cost effective. However, many misconceptions exist about modular systems – and many designers and maintenance companies assume they won’t find the unique, quality products to match their design aesthetics. Here’s four myths you may have heard about modular systems – ones you definitely shouldn’t believe.

Myth #1: Modular Options Are Cookie Cutter, Dull, And Limited.

A quality manufacturer will design its systems with aesthetic flexibility in mind. From the total creativity of a blank slate to matching specific elements of the building, practically anything is possible. In some circumstances, you’ll be trying to match a specific look from other areas of the building – say, a wood finish matching that of the reception desk. In other instances, you may want the elevator to have a standalone design that complements the rest of the building, but has its own distinct features. In both cases, a modular system can present the optimal solution.

You need not replace the entire cab to get the design results you want; you don’t even need to pick up the phone to call (if you don’t want to). The best interior manufacturers today have comprehensive online showrooms to demonstrate the wide range of available options, as well as qualified personnel at the ready to help maintenance companies match specified designs, or to help architects and designers articulate their creative visions.

Truth: modular systems have options galore and the flexibility to achieve your vision.

Myth #2: You’re Stuck With Exactly What’s In The Catalog Designs.

The models in catalogs have been developed with your aesthetic and functional needs top of mind. But what if you need something a bit different? Some manufacturers can actually modify their catalog designs to meet the unique needs of your design, building, or specification. You can alter or “customize” existing models to include different material options, finishes and even custom images or company logos.
Is this “custom”? Yes and no. Yes because you should be able to work with the manufacturer’s design team to achieve your unique look and feel. No because with experienced modular manufacturers, modifying a catalog option shouldn’t equate to the higher additional costs typically associated with fully-customized products.

But will customizing the catalog derail your deadline? Panels and other “customized” elements are made-to-order, but, if the manufacturer uses a Lean manufacturing methodology, they should have reliably quick lead times to deliver your system on schedule.

Truth: Not only can you customize catalog designs, you can do so while staying on budget and on schedule.

Myth #3: Modular Systems Are Always Code Compliant

Before you select your modular system, check that your modular manufacturer takes safety and elevator code seriously. If they do, they’ll have rigorous testing in place that can actually save you time and headaches. The key is to know if the panel system (whether straight from the catalog or customized) is tested in its end-use configuration.

If your modular system is end-use configuration tested, breathe a sigh of relief: you won’t have to worry about compliance requirements, inspectors shutting down your elevator, or testing the materials yourself. Just enjoy a more streamlined – and less expensive – project.

Truth: When the modular systems are end-use configuration tested by the manufacturer, it actually saves customers time and money, while providing top-notch safety assurance.

Myth #4: Modular Systems Won’t Last.

This is not even close to correct. In fact, modular systems have a dual advantage over custom interiors. First, modular systems can outlast custom ones. When made with high quality materials, they have drastically fewer needs for replacements or repairs. The modular system can handle heavy use and abuse, and maintenance and care is easy. Plain and simple, modular systems are highly durable: they’ll look as great on Day 1,000 as it did on Day One.

Second, modular systems make repairs and updates far easier. With a modular interior, you simply re-order the damaged panel, pop out the old panel, and reinstall the new one. The size and fit is identical. This provides a remarkable cost and time savings and preserves the integrity of your design.

Truth: Modular systems are made of durable materials, meaning fewer repairs. When updates or replacements are necessary, modular systems make the process faster and easier.

Myths about modular interiors have circulated for years – most of them patently untrue. In fact, modular interiors present a host of advantages for both elevator maintenance companies and designers, including durability, ease of installation, and exceptional flexibility when it comes to ordering, designing, and budgeting.

To learn more about the author, Glenn Bostock, please read his full bio here.