Lincrusta Eco Wall Covering in Interior Design (Part 2)
In the previous post we had a short glance into the history of a marvelous wall covering – lincrusta – and listed its key advantages. Now let’s move on to practical aspects of lincrusta application in interior design.
How to apply lincrusta properly?
- Lincrusta mustn’t be left unpacked for long. Once you removed the package, lincrusta must be applied as soon as possible. Failing this, the material dries out and becomes fragile, which would complicate the process of cutting and pasting.
- Only special glue is suited for lincrusta installation.
- The wall surface must be primed beforehand with a deep-penetrating primer (for example, Ceresit CT17). It won’t take much time to dry out – just 10 minutes would be enough.
- Lincrusta must be cut according to special marks on the bottom layer, with a wallpaper cutter and using a metal ruler. Press the ruler as much as possible to preserve the rapport of the material. Remaining pieces can be used for decorative purposes. For instance, for making gorgeous photo frames and collages.
- 20-30 minutes before application lincrusta must be moistened with a soft sponge dipped in warm water.
- Extra moisture must be removed from the material and then glue can be applied. Also you can additionally apply glue directly to the wall.
- You can optionally start applying lincrusta from the skirting board (from bottom to top) or from the crown molding (top-down). Use a rubber roll to press and straighten the material.
- Joints must be adjusted manually, and after complete drying coated with Sheetrock (all-purpose professional joint compound) and polished with sandpaper of 0 abrasive grade.
What types of paints should be used with lincrusta?
Lincrusta provides infinite possibilities for decorating interiors. But as you may recall, it contains linseed oil and not all paint types are applicable to it. For example, the volume of paint used is doubled if you opt for water-based emulsion type. Additionally, in a couple of months it’s likely to start peeling off. Water-dispersion paints can’t be evenly spread on lincrusta at all. That’s why the manufacturer recommends using oil-based paints including organic drying oil. Also it’s acceptable to use acrylic paints.
What are the best options of lincrusta application in interior design?
In the first place it must be mentioned that lincrusta wall covering is suitable for almost any interior style. The most popular and perhaps, most stylish, option is to use it for decorating the lower part of the wall. One more option is creating lincrusta wall décor. As a rule it’s framed with plaster moldings. And if you add some decorative paint (silver or nacre), it will bring a fascinating noble touch to your interior.