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Six Amazing Render Design Features You Need

How to make your property stand out from the crowd

When looking to re-render your property, why not go for something a little bit more exciting than just a clean white/cream canvas? While a simple look is certainly timeless, being adventurous with different design features can create an incredible finish that will stand out from the crowd.

Coloured render is exciting enough and fairly new to the market, but what if you don’t want just a simple render on your property? There are so many beautiful properties throughout the UK with fantastic design features that are easy to recreate with the right materials and a bit of creativity, so keep reading for five design inspiration ideas!

  1. Brick Slips

At EWI Store, we often talk about how you can recreate the original look of a property by using brick slips, but we’re not just talking about an all-over brick effect. With brick slips, you have the ability to be truly creative in the render design features that you produce.

Red Brick Slips can look fantastic when used in contrast with a coloured render; for example, when installed under or above windows, around doors or as a feature right the way round the lower half of a property. Brick Slip Corners can be used to create an alternating pattern on all four (or more) corners of the property, establishing a fantastic design all the while reinforcing your property’s vulnerable corners.

It’s not just red Brick Slips that have the ability to completely transform a property, however. Why not try black or white, and contrast this with your choice in coloured render. White render with black Brick Slips as a feature can truly stand out from the crowd, and white Brick Slips with a dove grey render will give a soft but modern effect.

  1.  Wood Effect Render

Wood Effect Render offers the fantastic opportunity of creating mock tudor beams (check out our tutorial on how to create Wood Effect Render!). The tudor-esque look is a traditional and attractive look, however in reality older buildings are much less energy efficient. So, by recreating a tudor look on your modern property, you can achieve an eye-catching and pleasing design all while maintaining energy efficiency.

Combine Wood Effect Render with Brick Slips and you can achieve a unique and attractive render design feature with contrasting textures.

  1. Bands

Bands are as the name suggests: thicker bands of render, usually in a contrasting colour to the main render, that are strategically placed on the exterior of a property to enhance certain features. These are typically placed above windows, doors, across elevations and to make a feature of gable roofs. Bands are simple but incredibly versatile due to the range of colour options that are available – for example, a blue property with white bands around the doors and windows would present a sophisticated facade.

  1. Ashlar Cut Render

Ashlar Cut Render is a render design feature whereby grooves are cut into the render to create various patterns and shapes, whether it’s emulating a stone shape, creating simple horizontal lines or building features around windows and doors. This process is usually carried out on Monocouche Scratch Render and can be done using a range of tools to create different effects. The key benefit of Ashlar Cut Render is that it is so versatile and can be applied to any area of the property, whether it’s as a design feature on a porch area, above windows or isolated to one storey of the property.

  1. Quoins

Quoins are made from cut render at the corners of a building. Typically found in an alternating pattern, Quoins enhance the overall facade of a property, reinforcing the edges for a render design feature that appears affluent, strong and stable.

  1. Mosaic Render

We often talk about how Mosaic Render is perfect for below the DPC because it’s so durable and splash resistant, however it’s also great as a decorative feature on other parts of a property. Mosaic render would look amazing around pillars, on window frames, garden walls, near swimming pools and as a feature for a porch area. It’s incredibly long lasting and offers a unique render design that can look fantastic as a feature to the property.


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What are Brick Slips?

Brick Slips Cater to Every Taste

It often comes as a surprise to customers that our render finishes aren’t the only finish that we offer here at EWI store. We offer brick slips in a wide range of different colours, including:

With external wall insulation, you cannot use actual bricks due to the fact that the system wouldn’t withstand the weight. Brick slips are therefore fantastic if you need to recreate the original look of your property. This could be the case for many people who are installing EWI somewhere where it is required that you maintain the character of the property or even if you would just rather have a brick finish rather than a render finish.

The great thing about them is that they can really improve the look of the property, especially if the original brickwork is looking a bit tired and worn – the brick slips offer a total face lift, and with the added benefits of EWI thrown in it’s a bit of a no brainer.

Brick slips are fantastic because they are so realistic looking, but they are also completely flexible, weatherproof and UV resistant (so the colour won’t fade over time!). The EWI acrylic brick slips are almost completely mineral based, made from a mixture of assorted quartz sands and a binding agent.

Rather than being made of the traditional mortar, our brick slips offer vapour permeability, making them perfect for use as part of an EWI system. They are also impact resistant and are easily washable, so very easy to maintain.

How are Brick Slips Installed?

Our brick slips are really simple to install. We offer our special adhesive which comes in five different colours and is designed specifically for use with the brick slips to create a long lasting, reliable bond between the brick slips and the substrate.

When installing brick slips on top of an external wall insulation system, you would first install the basecoat and mesh on top of the insulation boards. The brick slips are then applied on top of this; you must use a notched trowel to apply the special brick slip adhesive to an area of the substrate (approximately 1m2). You then apply the brick slips to the adhesive, forming a standard brick pattern by staggering the bricks and leaving a space of around 10mm between each brick vertically and horizontally, which will give a really realistic effect. You can very easily bend the brick slips around corners because of their flexibility, or you can cut them to the desired shape.

Brick Slips can be used Internally  

We recently had a really enthusiastic customer who wanted to purchase brick slips to go around the chimney breast inside her living room. It’s great to see creative home design, and because of the fact that we offer brick slips in both white and black you could really easily achieve a chic and modern look inside your property.

We think that installing our brick slips is super easy and can definitely be done internally as a DIY job for your chimney breast, your kitchen splash back or even as a statement wall. They would also look great in apartment block entryways.

Where can I buy Brick Slips?

You can buy flexible and durable brick slips via EWI Store! We offer a wide range of finishes, including brick slip corners.

If you have any further questions regarding our brick slip finishes, comment down below or contact our sales team! 

Looking for more inspiration on how to make your property look great on the outside? Check out our blog on render design features for some great ideas.

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