With Jen in full-on renovation mode, she was rather excited to unearth Easycraft timber panels recently and now wants to clad everything and so do I! Inspired by the classic Queensland homes of the early twentieth century, the company was created in 1986 but has since grown to manufacture contemporary panel styles too.
A fabulous alternative to paint or wallpaper (it also looks fabulous on the ceiling), the timber paneled aesthetic is a current designer favourite and it’s not hard to see why. From Hamptons style abodes to heritage-listed treasures and new builds, these lightweight MDF panels add gorgeous, clean texture to any space.
“The classic ‘easyvj’ is by far our most popular. It suits traditional homes where renovators want to match older VJ-style paneling and it’s also popular in new homes as a modern, decorative feature on the wall or ceiling,” says Easycraft marketing manager Ben McGill.
“One of our key objectives was to produce something that could provide a great look that anybody regardless of DIY know-how could effectively make use of and install quickly. I think it is a product that is wonderfully easy to implement into the home but also one that you can get a massive amount out of if you do have more experience in DIY and design,” says Ben.
The product can be used in wet areas too. “We recommend ‘easyclad’ for use in wet areas such as bathrooms and laundries. Made from reconstituted hardwood, it provides a tough and hardy baseboard while offering a range of profile finishes to suit,” says Ben.
One of Ben’s favourite designs (and mine too) is the ‘easyascot.’ “It can transform any space. The unique, formal finish of the profile is especially suited to dining rooms, master bedrooms and entry areas. The ‘easyascot’ is a great weekend project and our ‘easydado’ rails complete the look,” says Ben.
The product also delivers on a practical level too, which is why it continues to gain popularity among DIY-ers, builders, architects and designers. “They recognise the advantages of a product that can be produced to their specification without the warping, knotting or splits seen in traditional timber planks. The durability of the boards, coupled with their easy installation also cuts down on material and labour costs,” says Ben.