Reveal and shadow beads are some of the most popular specialty beads on the market today. Their popularity comes from their multiple uses and sleek look. They are used most often in commercial construction to break up long runs of drywall while adding visual detail. However, there are many circumstance where reveal and shadow beads are an ideal product for residential jobs.
To begin, it is essential to know the difference between these two types of beads. Reveal beads have a center channel that creates a vertical or horizontal recess in drywall. The y can be used to accent the design of a space, provide expansion control or both. Due to the flexibility properties of vinyl reveals they offer built in expansion control. Most brands of reveal beads come in varying widths in order to customize the design.
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For those homeowners or builders that are looking to create clean, modern, minimalist spaces reveal and shadow bead are perfect choices. Since minimalist design is all about simplifying, traditional home details like crown molding, ornate staircases and even baseboards are not desired. However, a plain, blank space with zero visual details is often not suitable either. Minimalist design requires the right balance of just enough detail.
Another option for baseboards is to create a baseboard with shadow bead. Installing
Staircases are another ideal place to highlight minimalist design. Recessed handrails eliminate bulky, traditional handrails and saves space in the stairwell while still offering support while going up the stairs. In addition, reveal beads can be used on banisters to provide a minimalist alternative to traditional banisters.
An additional way to use reveal and shadow beads in minimalist homes is to highlight architectural features, like specialty doors or windows. Oftentimes, builders and homeowners looking for a minimalist look choose to create casing free doors and windows with these beads.