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Creative intermingling

Some materials blend beautifully on both internal and external surfaces, while others do not.

Think wall finishes and the mind goes into a state of bewilderment. Will the finishes that work for external surfaces work for interior surfaces as well? That's quite a complex question. Some materials blend beautifully with both surfaces, while others perform differently.

Let us analyse the diverse types of interior and exterior finishing materials.


Interior surface finishing materials can be generally categorised into:

Architectural finish - This is part of the overall architectural concept of the building. Exposed concrete finish, natural stones, natural brick finish, plastered and painted finish and glass division between external and internal walls are some of the examples.

Interior finish - This evolves basically from the interior concept of the space. The advantage in this category is almost all the architectural interior finishing materials can be applied as separate interior materials too. For example, if one needs to achieve concrete finish, it can be done on the architectural wall.

If one needs any natural material finish, it can be clad on any existing wall. That means almost all architectural materials are suitable as internal surface materials.

In addition to that, there are so many materials available for interior surface finish like wood, veneer, laminate, polished granite stones, marbles, ceramic tiles, various types of paints, fabrics, glass, bamboo, jute, metals, gypsum, PVC, poly carbonate and plastics.

All the possible interior finishing materials are not necessarily suitable as internal architectural finishing materials. But, it is very much possible to use them.

Through a thorough analysis of both the negative and positive characteristics of the all the internal finishing materials, one could decide upon the finishing material. The result will be mind boggling, especially when both architectural and interior materials are intermingled and used creatively. A creative interior designer will be able help one achieve this.

Compared to interior surface finishing materials available, exterior surface finishing materials are much fewer. Even in this, there are two major categories: natural architectural materials and cladding materials.

Architectural materials are the ones which help to create the space. Concrete walls, brick walls, hollow blocks, stonewalls, glass and metals are a few examples in this category.

Cladding materials are fixed on the surface of the structures. Plastering, paint, glass, metal, stone, brass, wood, metal sheets, fibres, fabrics, plastics and PVC come under this category. Again cladding materials and architectural materials can be mixed and beautiful external finishes can be arrived at.


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