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Restaurant Wall Design Ideas – Moulding & Materials

Posted on 18th June 2021

At Design and Visual, we often work with architects, contractors, and interior designers to realise their visions for projects, including restaurant wall design and the creation of features to dress and decorate a space as planned.

Here, we have provided a specialist guide on what we will mould for restaurant wall designs and the materials involved in their manufacture. Read on to learn more, or speak with us today if you’d like to discuss your specific design ideas with a professional.

 

What Can be Moulded for Restaurant Walls?

There are a variety of options for decorative features that we can implement into the walls of any restaurant, bar, café, or pub interior. Each of these will typically be cast from custom-made moulds that have been manufactured specifically for your project. As such, they can take any form you have in mind and be as plain or as ornately decorative as you wish.

We’ve set out our most common moulding categories below and listed the decorative features that are often requested from each:

Applications: interior design ceiling and wall features, signature sculptural pieces, modular feature tiles, pub and bar wall panels, ceiling feature boxes and troughs for restaurant lighting.

Shapes: domes, spheres, coves that radii on plan, concave or convex forms with curves in two directions (side and profile plan), conical elements, boxes, and flat panels.

Surface finishes: smooth and coarse surfaces manufactured through a combination of model making and acid etching. You can also request a number of geometric repeating patterns to complement modern restaurant interiors, which may be completed in large or small scale as necessary.

GRC Stone Cladding Jesmonite Sample

An example of GRC Stone Cladding made in Jesmonite.

 

Column Casings for Restaurant and Bar Walls

We can also manufacture column casings to match or accentuate the aesthetic finish offered by your restaurant, café, or bar design. These casings can be moulded in a wide range of diameters, modular wall panels or cladding, or design features and details. Often, contractors, architects, and interior designers will utilise column casings in order to save money from their budgets and meet deadlines with faster installations.

By ordering column cases for the same interior project as the rest of your restaurant, café, bar, or pub deco, you will be ensuring consistency in the quality and finish of each part of your project. As a result, the finished aesthetics of your interior space will more accurately reflect the designs you’ve planned.

 

Our Manufacturing Materials and Their Benefits

When providing architectural mouldings for interior and exterior design projects, including restaurant wall designs, we will utilise two specific materials. These are glassfibre reinforced gypsum (commonly called GRG) and Jesmonite.

GRG is a composite material consisting of gypsum plaster and glass fibre matting, which reinforces the structure of the material. Jesmonite, on the other hand, is a particular family of products made from composite materials. This will be a combination of a reactive material base and a pure water-based acrylic resin. The most popular and most often utilised material in the Jesmonite family is known as AC730.

There are many benefits to be found with both of these materials in place of other varieties of plaster moulding, though you may find that one material is more suited to your planned project and overall finish than the other. We’ve listed their benefits separately for your consideration below.

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Photograph of rubber mould used for Jesmonite wall panels at 200 Hammersmith

The benefits that are to be found when using GRG for your restaurant wall designs include:

  • Its high strength and surface hardness
  • Fantastic levels of durability (owing to high strength and surface hardness)
  • Flexibility during the moulding process, making it easy to create bespoke shapes
  • A lightweight design, which offers a faster and less labour-intensive installation
  • A cost-effective installation (owing to the faster installation)
  • It can be painted and decorated as you wish
  • It can be manufactured to accommodate security features such as cameras and alarms, or electrical systems such as speakers

Glass-reinforced gypsum is also a Class 0 fire rated material, meaning it is completely fire retardant. This offers extra fire protection, which may especially be of use if your restaurant space is to feature an open kitchen.

 

The benefits that are to be found when using Jesmonite for your restaurant wall designs include:

  • Its high strength and durability
  • Its lightweight design, which also offers a faster, less labour-intensive installation process
  • It will also be cost-effective, as it offers a faster installation
  • It is available in a variety of colours, including shades that replicate natural stone
  • It is also environmentally friendly, as it is a water-based material, rather than solvent-based
  • It is suitable for creating or restoring fine details and decorative features, with a reduced chance of these features breaking at a later date

Latest developments in Jesmonite materials have resulted in the creation of Jesmonite Flex Metal Gel Coats. These are formulated using real metal powder in order to replicate metal in moulded materials.

 

For Professionally Applied Restaurant Wall Designs

If you have been considering your options for materials and mouldings to complete a restaurant, café, pub, or bar wall, and you’re interested in the possibilities offered by glass-reinforced gypsum and our Jesmonite products, please contact our offices today. We’ll be fully prepared to discuss your design ideas, and we can assist you with placing an order for the specialist casting and installation of interior pieces that will provide the stylish finish you’ve been looking for.

There will be no delays in shipping with our service, or any superfluous paperwork which may slow the process. As a UK-based manufacturer, you’ll instead be guaranteed a quick delivery and an application completed to your schedule.

If you’d like to see examples of how we have used GRG and Jesmonite mouldings to finish projects for architects and interior design professionals across the country, please see our Projects.

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