Now peeps, I don’t usually get excited about plaster and plasterboard. Don’t get me wrong. They are two fundamental aspects of all of our homes but unless we are building from new, or doing some pretty major renovations, they don’t usually cross our minds do they? They don’t really have much to do with the way we decorate and design our interiors. Well, think again. Last week I was introduced to two (well actually three but I’ll get round to that) new products that might just change our lives and the way we decorate our walls.
Lifestyle Wall is a new plasterboard from Rooms Made for You that has more strength than standard products on the market but incredible strength. You can fix shelves, curtain poles, kitchen cabinets, mirrors or even a flat screen TV, without the need for a drill or specialist fixings. You simple screw straight into the wall and a single fixing is capable of supporting up to 15kg.
It’s actually no thicker than regular plasterboard but it does also improve sound insulation. It’s also stronger and can withstand the knocks of family life much better – absolutely crucial in high traffic areas like halls – which cuts down on maintenance.
Rooms Made For You have also developed a magnetic plaster (Thistle Magnetic Plaster) which will transform any wall into a moodboard or display area.
Perfect for children’s rooms, it is applied like ordinary plaster but will attract magnets so that you can endlessly change what’s on show with no fuss and no mess. It will also work on walls that have had wallpaper hung.
I quite like the idea for my own home office. I will be able to change my moodboards on a weekly basis and won’t have to worry about pins, or bluetack, or corkboards, or making a mess of the wall. I like the idea (above) of using paint to create borders but you could also use blackboard paint so that you could chalk up reminders also.
The third new product from these clever people is Silent Floor. It’s a special sound-insulating plasterboard lining that is inserted between the ceiling and floor above and that enables different family members to turn it up loud or enjoy a quiet night’s sleep without any compromise.
Something I wish had been around when I had a teenager in the house!