Wall panel ideas

Wall panel ideas DEFAULT

Wall panelling ideas have come a long way and are no longer reserved to period homes. Now, wall panels go beyond full oak or tongue and groove options (although these are still about and looking great as ever) with many of the best finishes being more budget-friendly, sustainable and easy to DIY. 

Whether you want to go classic or contemporary with shiplap or wainscoting looks, there's no better way to add more design interest to a room than with this wall covering. Plus, be it wood or MDF that you choose, wall panels can add to the natural shape of a room, enhance space and even insulate and protect walls.

This historical deco feature is timeless and sure to work in the bedroom, living room or even hallway space. We have you covered on everything from how to choose the right type of panelling, to different style considerations and even how much wall panelling costs.

1. Raspberry board and batten bedroom wall panels

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Intricate dark wood panelling is not to everyone’s taste, and when used full height it can feel a little imposing. There are many more subtle options that go to dado rail height, like with board and batten panelling, and that can be painted in a softer more colourful shade to add warmth and interest.

2. Dado rail height wooden wall panels

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If you want a wooden, traditional look that isn't overpowering then half wall panelling ideas are a great move. Pair wood with more contemporary decorative additions in the rest of your space for a balanced finish, using the latest living room ideas and trends for inspiration. 

3. Nautical shiplap wall panelling

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Shiplap wall panelling is a great way to add a modern stamp to a space, especially if you paint yours with a fresh coat of white paint. It's also a pretty budget-friendly DIY if you're watching your bank balance.

4. Dark wainscoting wall panels

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Moulded wainscoting panelling adds depth to this home office. The contrast of dark walls with white furnishings adds a modern finish to the space.

5. Light grey bedroom wall panelling

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Wall panelling can create soothing interiors so works well to decorate a bedroom space also. Try choosing a light colour for an even more relaxed space.

6. Sustainable wall panelling designs

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With many homeowners looking to improve their existing space with sustainability in mind, color and pattern enthusiast Amy Vroom of The Residency Bureau  created textured wall panels from recycled wood tiles. 'For this Seattle basement, I wanted to add depth and texture to give an otherwise long room, dimension. By using recycled wood tiles at one end of the space, it created a focal point for the room and warmed up the cozy TV and reading area.'

7. Brightly painted Shaker wall panels

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Modern wall panelling is all about bright colours. We love this hot turquoise Shaker wall panelling in the bedroom which you could totally DIY. 

Points of caution with this? If your interior panelling is original and in good condition, it's better to preserve it than paint over it; equally, intricate panel designs won't suit a bold paint colour, so if yours has already been painted, stick to a neutral paint shade.

8. Painted tongue and groove wall panels

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For cohesion in a bedroom or living room space, paint half wall panels in a colour that is present in your soft furnishings and other decorative elements around the room. This purple tongue and groove panelling adds all the relaxed vibes to this bedroom space.

9. Complement white wall panelling

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Add character to white wainscoting wall panelling using mirror ideas to create a gallery-esque finish. Not only does it look cool and clean cut but it also enhances the space.

10. Floor to ceiling oak wall panelling

For a dramatic and almost gothic finish, consider wall panelling ideas of the past with floor to ceiling oak panels. This look is more expensive but will add charisma to your property, and possibly even increase your home's value, if you are working with a listed building.

11. Layer wall panelling with frames

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Wall panelling makes the perfect backdrop for gallery wall ideas also. Choose white or another colour that best complements the rest of your interiors, and the artwork you'll have on display, for a really modern look.

12. Pair wood with wallpaper

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The best wallpaper ideas often ride solo but if you choose a busy or floral pattern, teaming this with classic wall panels can actually complete the look and add a little more zest to traditional rooms that need it most.

13. Wallpapered wall panelling

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Another way to play with wallpaper and wall panelling ideas is to wallpaper over the panelling. An ideal DIY if you've inherited worn wood panelling and need a quick fix as those exposed grooves and trim will add design interest to every space.

14. Enhance space with 2D panelling

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To enhance space with wall panelling, Simon Teer of Teer & Co says 'Unconventional wall panelling layouts and compositions, like those that can be achieved using our versatile 2D and 3D Wall Panelling, can also help retain a sense of space in a small room. These modern panelling systems allow creative minds to imagine and realise innovative feature wall installations that, when used in moderation, do not overwhelm but enhance small spaces and still bring the acoustic, microclimate and wellbeing benefits that we should look to integrate into our rooms.'

15. Lofty hallway wall panelling

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Half wall panelling up the staircase to match the rest of the hallway pulls the lofty appearance of this entryway together perfectly.

16. Art deco wall panelling

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We love art deco wall panelling ideas and this look is sure to lift both a period home or a contemporary space. Close to a feature wall design, the gold accents add a touch of luxury which are further complemented by the fresh ivory colour of the wall panels, making this a really decorative feature.

Is real wooden panelling or MDF panelling best?

Solid oak panelling is expensive, and tends to be newly fitted only where it is the true authentic option or when matching existing elements, which makes it wise to work with a specialist.

Solid oak panelling is expensive, and tends to be newly fitted only where it is the true authentic option or when matching existing elements, which makes it wise to work with a specialist.

Most wall panelling on the market today is made from MDF, with the intention that it is painted. Once fitted and painted, it would be difficult to distinguish it from real wood wall panels.

Provided the walls are fairly level, MDF panelling is easy to fit on a DIY basis. If the walls are uneven, they can usually be battened first. Ensure the company you are buying from offers good instructions before you invest.

Is wood panelling outdated?

'Of course, we typically find traditional style darker wood wall panelling in older historic buildings that is complementary to and simply ‘of its time’, which may be viewed by some as outdated but should be celebrated, maintained and remain largely in the original form it was created.

And then we see more modern day, contemporary and timeless geometric forms of timber wall panelling that will help us create a lighter, warmer, customised and characterful natural interior aesthetic whilst improving acoustics, the microclimate and positively impacting our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

These modern panelling forms allow us the versatility to design and install innovative feature wall installations that enhance contemporary environments, help us define and zone areas, and allow us to bring the outdoors in, naturally.' Adds Teer.

That said, being sensitive to the era of your home is key when you're looking to make changes to the interior such as adding panelling. If you live in a listed property, you should speak to the local conservation officer to see if panelling will be an acceptable addition.

As well as ensuring the design is right for your home’s period, there are other aesthetic considerations. Where it is not used full height, panelling tends to look best fitted either a third or two thirds of the room’s height (below), although this may be influenced by features such as fireplaces or windowsills.

You should also consider the size of the individual panel frames. Larger areas look good with bigger frame sizes, while small, awkward spaces tend to suit reeded panelling.

Does wall panelling make a room look smaller?

'This will depend on 1) the level of natural daylight, 2) the height of wall panelling, 3) the natural wood tone or colour palette if wall panelling is painted to finish, and 4) the tone of accompanying plain walls, ceiling and flooring. 

Simply put, a lighter wood wall panelling tone, like ash or oak (or light colour palette if painted), will certainly help us avoid making a room feel smaller. 

If we assume an average level of daylight into a small space: Low-medium height (up to 4ft) mid-tone wall panelling combined with a lighter tone wall above and ceiling with a light flooring tone will help ensure that wall panelling works in a small room. 

Floor to ceiling height wall panelling is best applied in larger rooms and to create just one feature wall.' Notes Teer.

How much does wall panelling cost? 

  • Expect to pay around £300 to £400 per square metre for solid oak panelling, plus installation.
  • Expect to pay around £25 to £50 per square metre for MDF panelling, which are best painted in water-based eggshell.

Buying reclaimed wood panelling

It is possible to purchase original wood panelling that has been salvaged from period properties. While it adds authentic aged character, quantity can be an issue. Be certain of your room’s dimensions, and what proportions suit the style and period of your home.

A complete reclaimed room, including matching doors and sometimes a fireplace with overmantel, all restored and ready to install, will be a major investment. If this is the approach you want to take with panelling you could opt for more modest Victorian pine panels that require a mix and match approach.

Where there is low stock of wood wall panelling available, what you do find can sometimes still be used to replace missing panels in a larger run, but are often repurposed as something else, such as cupboard doors. If you come across a large quantity, you may find that the dealer will only sell the set, as complete suites are rarer and more valuable.

Where to buy new wall panelling

  • Deacon & Sandys, Cranbrook, Kent. Handcrafts solid oak panelling with a particular expertise in 16th- and 17th-century designs.
  • Stuart Interiors, Bath, Somerset. Designs, produces and carves all styles of solid oak panelling in its workshop then installs it on site.
  • Distinctive Country Furniture, Martock, Somerset. Specialises in 16th, 17th and 18th century-style oak panelling, which it handmakes and fits on site.
  • Finepanel.co.uk. Produces a range of MDF designs for home delivery, which are easy to install and paint.
  • The English Panelling Company. Nationwide delivery of different styles of panelling for home installation and painting.
  • Oakleaf, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Highly realistic aged oak-effect moulded panelling made using masters selected from 17th-century designs, and hand-stained.
  • Wall Panelling Experts. Offers a wide range of options for home delivery including oak veneer, pine and water-resistant MDF.

A short history of wall panelling

Wall panelling originally served a practical rather than decorative purpose: in the days before insulation was used in buildings, applying an extra layer of timber would help to warm up rooms with cold stone walls, and would also cover up damp patches.

Early examples from the 13th Century tended to be plain vertical boards, but over time wood panelling evolved to become an art form and was often carved with beautiful designs. Today, you can choose between traditional polished wood and colourful painted MDF for the perfect period home interior.

Framed panelling became popular from the 14th Century, and was usually oak, which might be left plain or be carved with decorative detail. Elaborate linenfold designs, which resembled folded linen, emerged as a trend in the late 15th Century, while in Tudor and Jacobean times the fashion was for small squares or rectangles, with the wood either left unfinished or treated with wax or varnish. The panelling was often topped off with decorative carved capping.

In the Georgian era, panelling took on a more classic appearance, with larger, simple panels of painted softwood. Over the period, panelling for walls saw a change and full-height styles began to be replaced by dado-level panelling.

The Victorians continued this trend for shorter sections, although panelling did become less popular until the Arts and Crafts movement, where simple oak designs fitted up to head height were preferred.

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Wall panelling ideas to add character, cover uneven walls and insulate any room

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  • If you’re after a country house look or hoping to give a space more traditional charm, wall panelling or cladding is a great way to update a room. Adding wall panelling is a simple way to bring architectural shape to featureless rooms, while protecting walls from the general wear and tear of family life – making it as practical as it is stylish.

    In recent months the trend for wall panelling has gone stratospheric. With homeowners becoming bolder with their DIY and decorating projects.

    Wall Panelling Ideas

    Available in a wide range of mouldings, from subtle tongue and groove to grand period designs, there’s a panelling style to suit every bathroom, living room, kitchen… basically any room you can think of.

    Not only that, panelling is an ideal way to provide additional insulation, cover uneven walls – and even hide radiators or fireplaces. Discover our favourite wall panelling ideas, plus some tips on how to fit panelling in your home.

    1. Choose ribbed panelling that’s decadently detailed

    Black ribbed wall panelling behind grey freestanding bath

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Mixing ornate ribbed and portrait panels makes the walls stand out. Perfect for spaces where you literally want to feel as if they’re closing in on you, for a cosy cocooning feel. Paint it dark grey, emerald green or navy – all on trend right now.

    2. Consider panelling as an alternative to tiles

    Wall panelling idea in monochrome bathroom

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    Panelling is a great way to make a statement in a bathroom instead of tiles, and you can top it with a narrow shelf to provide storage for toiletries or candles that will make bath times all the more relaxing.

    But surely wood panelling will warp in a steamy bathroom? Not if you get a suitable material. ‘Panelling with a half-round bead profile can be made on moisture-resistant MDF sheeting,’ says Joan Madeley, co-founder of The English Panelling Company. ‘It looks like the real thing after painting, and is perfect for boxing in pipeworks.’

    3. Create a French cane room divider

    French cane panelled screen behind bed

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    For a breezy, boho luxe look, back panelling with cane webbing. It works as a room divider to conceal an open wardrobe or it’ll create a statement feature in place of a headboard. A clear oil or varnish on a light wood panel complements the rattan finishes and white linens, but for a different decorative effect, they could be given a dark stain or painted black. Before stapling the webbing, make sure it is soaked in water first to make it pliable. If the panel can be seen from both sides, repeat the panel frame on the back for a neat finish

    4. Cheat with a wood panel wallpaper

    Faux panelled wallpaper in kitchen dining area

    Image credit: I Love Wallpaper

    When you want wood panelling without the cost or work involved, you can fake it altogether with a clever printed wallpaper. Slim slatted wall panels instantly conjure up a minimalist, luxe look but the pre-made panels come with a hefty price tag. Modern designs enable you to get the look without having to do the DIY involved, meaning walls are in immaculate condition – aside from a coat of wallpaper paste.

    The versatile wallpaper can be used to create a stand-out feature wall, as a central wall panel to frame furniture or a fireplace, or as a half-height wall in living rooms and bedrooms.

    Buy now: Contemporary Wood Slat in Light Oak, £22 per roll, I Love Wallpaper

    5. Incorporate open shelving into panelling

    Panelling and open shelving in green traditional style kitchen

    Image Credit: John Lewis & Partners, all from a selection of the ANYDAY range

    If you’d rather not have kitchen cabinets on the wall but you still need the storage, panelling will echo the traditional detailing of a Shaker kitchen without closing up the space with a cupboard. Painting the wall and shelving in the same colour as the bottom cabinets will create a seamless finish, also allowing the shelves and peg rails to almost disappear. An earthy green base will showcase colourful mugs and bowls.

    6. Immerse the room in one colour

    claret living room wall panelling

    Image Credit: Earthborn, woodwork painted in Nutkin Eggshell No 17, Country Homes & Interiors range

    If you’re going wall to wall in one colour, the addition of panelling will create an instant lift by creating light and shade on what would have been a flat wall. By painting all of the woodwork in the same colour, from skirting to architrave and the shutters in the same colour, it means come the night time, it will create a completely cocooning immersive atmosphere with this deliciously warm colour.

    7. Tap into rustic beauty

    Rustic bedroom wall panelling

    Image credit: Future PLC

    Embrace the soothing properties of this natural material. Whether you choose to clad your walls with reclaimed timber or new wood, panelled walls are a great way to boost a flat space. A shiplap wall behind the bed is a striking alternative to a statement headboard. The natural patina and silvered tones of antiqued or reclaimed boards creates a characterful, rough luxe finish.

    8. Use panelling in place of a headboard

    Grey panelled headboard in purple bedroom

    Image Credit: Earthborn, panelling painted in Scuttle Eggshell No 17; walls painted in Dried Petals Claypaint, Country Homes & Interiors range

    Looking for an upgrade for a divan bed? Take a twist on the traditional wooden headboard with a striking panelled section. Make it a super-sized statement by taking the panelled piece right up to the ceiling. Painting the wood in a deep charcoal not only helps envelop the sleeping space, it gives a smart finish worthy of a boutique hotel.

    Pile up the back of the bed with cushions for a comfortable place to rest your head when it comes to the Sunday lie-in.

    9. Create a serene dining space

    Pink panelled dining room

    Image credit: Habitat, Mickey Rattan pair of dining chairs, £140; Elmley shade, £60, Zela New Century Round Dining Table, £180

    A space of contrasts, the soft pink colour on the wall instantly gives this minimalist dining space more warmth. Using a shade that’s a level up from neutral creates a cosy counter point to the sleek flooring and cool grey wall opposite.

    The smart panelling, sleek Scandi dining table and black framed legs bring a chic element to the room whilst the blush tones work perfectly with the natural materials of the rattan dining chairs, pendant shades and organic finishes of the wobbly ceramics.

    10. Marry old with new

    wooden bathroom vanity unit  green wall panelling and starburst floor tiles

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    Add timeless touches to create a vintage look with your wall panelling. Wall-to-wall white is the base note for this bathroom, but it’s the half-painted chalky blue panelling that gives it its edge. Juxtapose shabby chic features with black modern accessories. A gold baroque-style mirror adds a hint of vintage charm.

    11. Keep it simple with Shaker

    White home office with wall panelling behind wooden and black metal desk and chair

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Ideal for small rooms, this classic, unfussy design will subtly smarten up any space. It’s great for making white rooms look less bland and won’t steal the limelight away from any statement furniture.

    These strips of 4 inch MDF have been butted up to make rectangles, and pinned to the wall before painting. You could also build out to create a display ledge or bookshelf.

    12. Add grandeur with a Jacobean-style grid

    Jacobean wall panelling idea in dark grey living room

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    This large-scale grid adds impact when used over the full height of a wall. It’s a historic style, but simple enough for modern spaces, too. Paint it in a flat eggshell, continued onto the skirting, and match it to your floor for an immersive effect.

    Adding beading onto the edge of the panelling creates an elegant feel. Here, we’ve used 6 x 1inch panel framing with inset quadrants of around 40 x 40cm.

    13. Panel over a structural feature

    White living room with wooden panelling and hidden bookcase

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Clad an unused chimney breast by building out a frame, and covering it in two styles of panelling. Dividing the panels at dado height will provide a small ledge for a display.

    Here, we’ve used panels measuring around 50 x 50cm, created by attaching strips of 2 x 1in timber. The dado shelf is in 2 x 1in timber with a small moulding attached. Below the dado, we’ve added 2 x 1inch timber with 2 inch gaps.

    14. Panel up to a picture rail to add height

    bedroom with wooden panelling painted green

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    Use wall panelling on one feature wall to create a ledge for display bedroom knick knacks. Taking the height up to an existing picture rail helps to seamlessly transition the design into the decor, whether there’s a natural break. Enhance the look with a splash of colour, in this green bedroom idea the use of a statement hue helps to highlight the wall panelling.

    15. Protect walls with panels at dado height

    Blue wall panelling in dining room with bleached wood table and chairs

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    This style is practical in hallways, where walls can get knocked in passing, and in dining rooms, where pushed-back chairs hit the wall. Plus, as it only covers the lower third of the wall, it won’t dominate.

    Create the perfect backdrop by painting the walls, shutters, panelling and architrave in the same colour. Consider a striking Dining room colour scheme, to add life with bold, beautiful colour.

    16. Recreate cabin cladding

    Wood panelling feature wall behind bed in bedroom with grey curtains and blue bedding

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Swap a headboard for the Scandi-style simplicity of paint-washed pine planks, fixed vertically behind the bed. They’ll look great paired with a modern platform bed and linen bedding. Sand any rough knots in the wood, and protect with matt varnish. Here, raw pine 6 x 1in tongue-and-groove panels are nailed to wall batons.

    17. Incorporate a peg rail

    White home office wall panelling idea with peg rail

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Simon Whitmore

    The style of panelling in this study is the easiest to achieve. All it involves are attaching a few strips of wood to the walls to create box shapes and painting everything the same shade.

    A horizontal piece of wood provides a perfect opportunity to incorporate a peg rail as the wall has been reinforced. It’s a great way to sneak in a little extra storage for hanging coats or other bits and pieces.

    18. Cheat wall panelling with a head board

    Wall panelling headboard in white coastal-style bedroom

    Image credit: Chris Snook

    If you live in rented accommodation or aren’t ready to commit to wood panelling in your room, you can always fake it with a headboard like in this simple white bedroom idea. This bleached rustic design is far wider than the bed and adds an extra layer of texture and colour to this room.

    However, what is even handier is you can easily attach accessories to it, without permanent damage to your walls.

    19. Add wood-effect tiles instead

    Wood-effect tiled splashback panel in rustic grey bathroom

    Image credit: Future Publishing PLC/ Polly Eltes

    At first glance, this modern panelling looks like wood – but it is, in fact, porcelain. Advanced manufacturing techniques make it possible to create super-realistic tiles with the fine detail and texture of wood, and without the concerns about warping in a bathroom.

    Running them horizontally and matching them to the floor tricks the eye into thinking the room is wider than it is. However, it can sometimes make a ceiling feel lower, so be careful about using it in a small room.

    20. Add character to a room devoid of features

    Jacobean wood panels painted taupe in neutral dining room

    Image credit: Future Publishing PLC/ Alun Callender

    Here, Jacobean-style panelling adds some period drama to a dining room. It’s full of character and a little more formal than tongue and groove. Run the panels only a third of the way up the wall to make a ceiling seem higher.

    ‘Panelling looks at its best if it is one-third or two-thirds of the way up the wall, or full height,’ says Jon Madeley, co-founder of The English Panelling Company. ‘If panelling runs only half-way up the wall it can run the risk of making the ceiling look lower than it is.’

    21. Use wide floor-to-ceiling wall panelling for a contemporary look

    grey wall panelling on walls in navy blue kitchen

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Paul Raeside

    Panelling is a great way to add character to a modern kitchen. The wide tongue and groove panels give this room a polished contemporary look.

    Full wall panelling is great if you are looking to cover up uneven walls. It also works a treat here in disguising the pantry door.

    22. Use white tongue-and-groove panels for a coastal look

    White barn-style living room with wood panelling

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    Whitewashed panels like this summon images of seaside beach huts. The thin panels crisscrossing over the walls and ceiling give the room a rustic appeal which can be easily maintained with just a lick of paint. It also works wonders at bouncing the light around a room.

    23. Paint half-wall panelling a light colour

    Hallway wall panelling painted in grey with boot rack and wall hooks

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    As we’ve mentioned, panelling half a wall can run the risk of making a ceiling look smaller than it is. Avoid this by painting the panels in a pale shade such as this grey, but keep it slightly darker than the wall.

    Make any radiators or pipe work blend in by painting in the same shade as the panelling, to avoid detracting from the panelling itself.

    24. Make a feature wall out of reclaimed wood

    Feature wall panelling idea in kitchen

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    Reclaimed wood can be a gorgeously eco-friendly way to create a feature wall in a kitchen. It can be a little more expensive than other forms of tongue-and-groove panelling, if you purchase it from a specialist.

    However, if you are willing to do a bit of rummaging at a salvage yard and put in a little elbow grease with a saw and sand paper, it could be a great way to score serious style points on a budget.

    25. Paint panelling in blush pink for a modern twist

    Pale pink wall panelling behind home office desk

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

    Tongue-and-groove wall panels are perfect for painting in a whole range of colours. The sky is the limit on your colour choice, but on-trend options include pale pink and dark charcoal grey.

    If you’re considering panelling as a DIY project, these boards are very easy to put up. As the name suggests the boards are designed to slot together and are ‘secret nailed’ to supporting patterns.

    The newer lookalike versions consist of sheets of MDF with the v-joint profile already routed. They’re stable and can even be fitted to a wall that’s not perfectly flat.

    26. Frame a large window with panels

    White bathroom with green wall panelling idea at half height

    Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles

    A large window shouldn’t get in the way of adding wall panelling in your bathroom. Jacobean style panels do a great job of mimicking the shape of the window and framing it.

    Faking the panel look is easier than it looks – simply use thin strips of MDF to create a grid. Space the strips out as close together or far apart to achieve the size of panel you’re going for and paint in one colour to achieve the look.

    27. Mix it up

    corner of a country living room with wall panelling and a leather armchair

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Polly Eltes

    Add further character to walls by mixing up wood panel finishes, from top to bottom. This charming country living room captivates with a fusion of fixed vertically planks on the lower potion of the wall, with a wider set Jacobean-style grid above. The decide adds interest and height to the lower level ceiling, perfect as for a small living room idea in a country cottage.

    28. Incorporate the bath

    neutral bathroom with wood panelling stone splash back and round mirror

    Image credit: Future PLC/ Brent Darby

    Looking for a stylish bath panel idea? Consider this smart way of seamlessly incorporating the bath into the surrounding wood panelling. The dado-height wood panelling (seen reflected in the stylish round mirror) is echoed by the bath panel which helps to unify and define all surfaces, the panelling is even channelled on the cupboard doors for further effect.

    Wall panelling – everything you need to know

    What are the benefits of panelling?

    Besides looking fabulous, panelling is a quick-fix solution for older walls in less-than-perfect condition. As long as the plaster isn’t blown, and you’ve dealt with any damp, panelling can be popped right over existing walls for an instant neat finish. In the bathroom it makes a warmer alternative to tiles.

    Does wall panelling have to be made from MDF?

    Wood is the traditional material used for wall panels but if you’re going for a more modern painted finish, MDF is much better value and is actually a very stable board. In high-moisture environments, like bathrooms, it’s essential to use Moisture Resistant (MR) MDF.

    Proficiently painted with an eggshell finish, it will cope admirably with splashes, but not total immersion, so don’t use it in the shower.

    Can I install wall panelling myself?

    It depends on ability but there are plenty of panelling kits designed specifically for DIYers. These tend to be MDF-based (solid timber requires professional skills/ tools) and can be simply glued onto the walls using a ‘No Nails’ type adhesive.

    Things can get complicated if there are tricky alcoves and windows to work around, so it may be worth hiring a local carpenter or handyman to ensure smart results – use Rated People to find local trades.


    Image credit: Future Publishing PLC/ Brent Darby

    What height should wall panelling be?

    The top of the panelling should sit either a third or two-thirds of the way up the wall. Dividing the wall in half can make the ceilings fell lower. do work with existing architectural features – running panelling up to a picture rail is very effective – and think about the height of windows and sanitary ware. Don’t forget to include access panels to any isolation valves or cisterns for plumbing maintenance.

    How do I make DIY wall panelling look professional?

    Most panelling specialists supply matching dado rails, which can be used to hide a multitude of levelling sins, leaving a crisp connection between panelling and wall. Installing skirting over the top of panelling will do the same at floor level.

    How do I paint wall panelling?

    Depending on the style of panelling, it is usually best to paint it all in one colour, especially if you have used MDF pieces, to make the whole wall look like one piece of panelling.

    Additional words: Nicky Phillips

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    22 On-Trend Wood Paneling Ideas to Spruce Up Your Walls

    Wood paneling can get a bad reputation, but we think it's underrated when it comes to adding texture and interest to your walls. Few makeovers can transform a bedroom or a bathroom as quickly as a wood-paneled accent wall. And if you already have a room with wood paneling that you've been thinking of replacing? These lovely and modern ideas will make you reconsider drywalling over that '70s paneling and instead have you reaching for a gallon of paint instead.

    From accent walls to wall-to-wall paneling, here are some of our favorite wood paneling ideas that feel modern, fresh, and perfect for any room in your house.

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    Paint it White

    Do you already have existing wood paneling that needs a makeover? The easiest way to refresh it is with a gallon of paint. Pick a clean, crisp white paint and cover those walls for a shiplap-inspired re-do. This look works with many decor styles but we think it's the perfect pairing for a country chic or vintage-inspired home.

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    Decorate an Island

    This stunning moody kitchen is packed with personality, so the kitchen island centerpiece needed to really stand out against the rest of the space. A pop of wood paneling on the island creates a lot of texture and helps the countertop pop against the black cabinets.

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    Paint it Pink

    There are few things that a coat of coral pink can't improve. This cute and cozy bookshelf is painted a warm pink color that gives off major cottage core vibes.

    Consider straying from white and painting your paneling a surprising color to really draw attention and make your paneling work as an accent wall.

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    Create a Paneled Accent Wall

    Sure, a painted accent wall is nice, but a paneled one is even nicer. Consider installing a wood paneling accent wall in an oversized master bathroom or behind a bed for an accent wall that is heavy on personality.

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    Consider the 5th Wall

    Don't neglect your ceiling. A wood-paneled ceiling is a great way to give your living space a rustic feel and a lot of charm. The panels plus warm wood beams give this space a modern farmhouse feel.

    If you have popcorn or acoustic panels, wood-paneled ceiling tiles can be a great way to cover up an unsightly ceiling and give it a totally fresh look.

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    Frame Your Fireplace

    Your fireplace is the centerpiece of your living room and floor-to-ceiling decorative paneling can elevate your entire living space. If you have extra tall ceilings, wood paneling can help fill up the space and keep things interesting.

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    Improve Your Mudroom

    Your mudroom is one of the most used spaces in your home, so you should give it the same consideration you give the rest of the rooms in your house. Consider DIYing a wall of simple beadboard to give your entryway or mudroom a makeover and a landing pad for your guests' stuff.

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    Keep it Neutral

    While we love the texture and interest wood paneling adds to a room, for some it may be too much for a small space. If you're concerned paneling will overtake your room, keep the color palette simple with clean, white accents.

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    DIY a Built-In

    A built-in unit can completely elevate a room and give it an expensive, high-end feel. You can DIY the look with floating shelves and wood paneling to create a bookcase or a desk for your home office. Paint it mint green for a pop of color.

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    Upgrade a Powder Room

    If you feel as though there's not a lot you can do in a small powder room, you're wrong. Install horizontal paneling in a cozy bathroom to give it a lot of charm and create the illusion of more space.

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    Take a Rustic Approach

    Not all wood paneling must be painted. Few things make as much of a design statement as a paneled ceiling with exposed beams, and when you let the natural wood shine through you can lend a lovely, rustic feel to your bedroom.

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    Decorate Behind the Bed

    What do the spaces behind your bed, your TV, and your couch have in common? They can all be difficult to decorate. If you're struggling with how to fill that awkward space behind your bed, consider a modern wood-paneled wall.

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    Lean Into the Retro Look

    There's no denying that exposed wood paneling can feel a little, well, 1970s, but with the right accessories, you can really lean into that groovy look. Opt for retro-inspired colors such as mustard or gold and head to your local flea market to give your space a '70s makeover.

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    Transform Your Entryway

    If you don't have a formal entryway, you can delineate the space with a dedicated accent wall that makes it feel purposeful and separate from the rest of the home. Keep it natural for a mid-century modern feel.

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    Go for Wood and Navy

    Navy blue is one of those colors that simply goes with every decor style and we love it when it's paired with natural wood. Pair wood paneling with navy cabinets for a high-end kitchen that has a load of personality.

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    Go for a Geometric Look

    Wood paneling doesn't always have to be vertical. Instead, consider a more contemporary, geometric paneling look. Paint it a light blush for a pop of color that isn't overwhelming for a minimalist space.

    Always sketch out your design before you start cutting to save yourself a future headache.

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    Go for Earthy Colors

    Beadboard paneling adds a load of charm to a bathroom, but you can give it a simple update without taking away from the vintage look. Opt for earthy, muted colors that add a touch of interest without feeling overly modern and out of place.

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    Take a Modern Approach

    Rethink your wood paneling and go with something a little more contemporary and hotel-like by opting for large square panels instead of long vertical panels.

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    Keep It Natural

    There's something about unfinished, natural wood that is so cozy and welcoming. Consider hanging unfinished wood planks behind a couch or in an entryway to give your space a warm, Scandi feel.

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    Paint It Pink

    Step one: DIY a board and batten wall. Step two: Find the perfect shade of pink. Step three: Transform your entire bedroom in an afternoon.

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    Go Narrower

    If wide wood planks aren't your thing, go thinner. A more narrow wood paneling look can feel utterly modern and visually interesting. This is a great idea to help delineate the spaces in an open floor plan home while still keeping the look open and airy.

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