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&^(#^$ Crepie – 08 Feb

Living in this part of the world the biggest complaint I ever hear is about crepie on walls. This seems to have been the standard vanilla for walls in houses in Switzerland from the 1900s through to the 1990s. You just cannot seem to find older houses without it. Some are thick and bumpy, others are small and scratchy, and others are just downright hazardous! So what to do?

Plastering is the common answer to this problem but it can be expensive and, depending on the plaster compound that you are using you might as well be covering up your walls with flour and water (they dent easily afterwards.) More on that in a later posting.

Or, you can be creative and either make a feature of ONE wall by retaining the crepie and lighting it in a way that gives it its character (I would recommend this more for bolder bulkier crepies than the standard drunken spider wading through plaster version). Cover the rest.

Another solution could be to panel the crepie over with wood panels instead maybe by taking a parquet up the walls and leaving the negative edge at the top with hidden lighting behind the panels for the ceiling.

Or how about MDF panel covered in padding with a beautiful fabric which would also serve as an insulation – but not ideal for a house full of kids with grubby hands or lots of animals.

Another idea is to go funky and add a perspex panel in front of the wall that is either tinted or clear and again use clever lighting to literally put some of the crepie in a better light.

Bottom line, most of the crepie must go, but not necessarily all of it.

Also, a word of warning – nowadays our new vanilla is smooth walls … but this trend soon shall pass. If you have a house that has a strong distinct character with its crepie, you will need to think harder about just covering it up in case you end up with a bad hybrid vanilla of two epochs! So tread carefully and give it lots of thought.

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