Try these decorating effects when you want to go beyond plain, flat drywall.
Finished drywall is usually thought of as a smooth or textured wall or ceiling. But over the past few years a number of products—including many of the beads discussed earlier—have helped make drywall work a larger part of the decorating process. With L-beads, arched and flexible L-beads, bullnose, and chamfer stops, drywall can be layered and trimmed to achieve an endless array of designs. There is even drywall available with an embossed surface that looks like wainscoting or a raised panel when finished.
Creating Layered Ceilings
Drywall can be cut to various sizes and shapes, then attached over the first layer of drywall to create an endless combination of styles.
To layer drywall, begin by hanging the walls and ceilings in the conventional manner. Attach subsequent layers of drywall using screws and drywall adhesive. Because the outer edges of the layers will be covered with L-bead, each layer has to be tight against the underlying layer. In some cases temporary screws may be needed until the adhesive sets up. You can use either a vinyl or a tape-on bead. The vinyl is available in a wider variety of styles and adhesive and staples make for easy attachment. For a professional-looking job, it’s important that you install the drywall layers and bead to a snapped line. With a little savvy and a few simple techniques, there’s almost no limit to the looks you can achieve with drywall.
Make your own wainscoting
With regular drywall, L-bead, and some finishing work, you can create a raised-panel look for more formal rooms.