Modern Millwork: Bring the Beauty of the Outside In

You can put a house into nature, but can you put nature aspects into a project? As a designer, you should know the answer: YES! Putting textured panels into a design has blossomed into something many clients are looking for.


But what should you look for in panels that give the most realistic texture into a design? It’s simple if you just find a panel that is soft to the touch, deeply embossed, and impact-resistant.


Impact Resistance


Some materials used to create textured panels don’t have the needed durability to keep up with everyday life. Nature may deteriorate outside, but you want your textured designs to last for a long time within any project. Keeping an eye out for a material that is of high-grade will help the materials keep its textured surface for as long as possible.


Soft Touch


In most designs, your client usually doesn’t want their natural wood appearing surface to actually feel like tree bark. When bringing a textured panel into a design, it would be best to have a smooth, soft touch that your client would expect in a surface.


Deeply Embossed


If you were to look outside, nature doesn’t stay within the lines. There are curves and ridges that create depth in its surface. This texture aspect of nature should also be resembled in your designs. The more natural the design appears to be, the happier your clients should be.


Nature has its own design that can look unrefined in any design. Make sure it stays that way in the textured panels you choose. You don’t want your textured designs to seem “unnatural” in your project so pick one with a soft touch, is deeply embossed and has a high impact resistance.


Natural Options Advantages Disadvantages
Melamine: Very thin paper fused to a panel. The papers are then lacquered 1)  Deep texture

2)  Low cost option to finish off all millwork

1)  Not as impact resistance as other options

2)  Susceptible to moisture infiltration and swelling

3)  Feels low-cost and artificial

Real Wood: timeless building and decorative material 1)  Unlimited color options with paint

2)  Widely accepted

1)  More labor intensive and expensive process

2)  Susceptible to moisture infiltration and swelling

3)  Prone to warpage

4)  Can wear overtime

High-Pressure Laminate (HPL): pressed decorative paper, craft paper and resins to form a high pressure laminate 1)  Very durable, impact-resistant, heat and moisture-resistant

2)  Consistent color and pattern for all projects

3)  Best options of wearability

1)  Not solid wood