Wall Panelling Ideas | Timeless Styles To Try

Posted by Skirting World on 21st Mar 2022

Wall Panelling Ideas

Walls count as a large part of most rooms but they are often left looking unloved. Try these wall panelling ideas to add some life to tired walls or make use of an empty space.

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Wall Panelling Benefits

Before we jump right into the ideas, we'll tell you the benefits of using wall panelling in your home.

First off, it will help with insulation within the room.

This should be obvious as you're essentially adding more material to the walls making them thicker which in turn boosts the insulating properties of the wall.

We're not saying this is the most effective way of insulating but it does offer some form of insulation.

Secondly, if your walls are untidy then panelling will no doubt give them a new lease of life.

The results are more prominent when you panel the whole wall as opposed to using half wall panelling.

It also adds some level of protection to the walls, avoiding general wear and tear from family life.

It's Pretty Easy To Fit

In most cases, wall panelling is easy to fit without the effort of a full scale renovation.

For instance, our wall panelling kit is super simple to fit. It's a half wall panelling option for a more traditional style panelling and adds class to any room.

The kit is supplied in lengths that you use to create the effect seen below (self assembly). It includes skirting board, dado rail, square panel pieces and panel moulding.

Our MDF Wall Panelling Kit used by @mnhomereno

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But we also offer plain square panelling lengths if you want to try your hand at a more modern style like the picture below.

Plain Square Panelled Wall

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Another easy option is using our panel mouldings to create a panelled effect with a little less work required. You can see this below.

Panelled Effect Using MDF Panel Mouldings

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10 Of The Best Wall Panelling Ideas

So now we can jump in to some wall panelling ideas for us within your home. We've listed 10 of our favourite ways to use it throughout your home.

1. Frame Artwork And Pictures Within Wall Panelling

It's really easy to create the look of panelling on a wall without actually panelling the whole thing.

Using panel mouldings, you can really simply create square or rectangular panels.

Work out a size for the finished panels and an equal distance between each panel for the optimal effect.

You'll need a mitre block and a saw to ensure you're able to cut 45 degree angles so that the panel lengths fit together perfectly.

Painting the panelling the same colour as the wall adds to the panelling effect.

If you've got large pieces of art or family pictures to put on the walls, you can use wall panelling to really make them stand out.

Think of the panelling as a fancy frame. Simply make the panels slightly larger than the picture or art and off you go.

Frame Artwork And Pictures Within Wall Panelling - amelias.homestyle.x

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2. Create A Panelled Feature Wall

Everyone loves a feature wall and you've more than likely got one at home.

Panelling one wall can turn an ordinary looking room into something more.

For example, a plain box room could benefit from a focus point and that can be achieved with a vast array of panelling options.

Panelled Feature Wall - hayley_homeandfamily

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3. Panelling Can Be An Alternative To Tiling

In most bathrooms you'll find tiles. However, wall panelling can be used instead of tiles to make a real statement.

Plus, you could add a narrow shelf on top of the panelling for added storage options (think toiletries or even candles).

Some people worry that wood panelling in a bathroom will warp but there's no need to worry if you choose the right materials.

For instance, our MDF is all moisture resistant making it an ideal choice of material for such a project.

Once the panelling is painted, this adds another layer of protection for the material too.

Panelling Can Be An Alternative To Tiling - katielouisaclarke

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4. Create Open Style Shelving Combined With Panelling

It's the norm to have cabinets all over the kitchen, but that doesn't always mean you have enough space for everything!

Why not incorporate open shelving into wall panelling? You'll create a beautiful aesthetic as well as increasing your storage space.

It will also feel more open as the shelves don't take up as much wall space as a cupboard.

If you paint the panelling and shelving the same colour as your cupboards, you'll create a seamless look and allows the shelving to almost disappear.

Add a peg rail underneath the shelving to keep mugs and frequently used cutlery within quick and easy reach.

Open Style Shelving Combined With Wall Panelling - holly_homestyle

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5. Use One Colour For The Entire Room

Using one colour for the whole room can be daunting, but with panelled walls you'd needn't worry. The panelling will help to add light and shade to what would have been a plain flat wall.

When we say the whole room, we're specifically talking about the walls and woodwork. Think skirting board, architrave, window boards - basically everything that isn't the ceiling, floor or furnishings.

It's a bold move but let yourself go with the colour choice and we're sure you won't be disappointed.

Use One Colour For The Entire Room - hannahandthehouse

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6. Exchange Your Headboard For Wall Panels

Instead of having a headboard at the top of your bed, panel the wall behind where the bed sits.

This will give the illusion of a headboard being present but can be much larger and more decorative if required. It's the perfect upgrade for a divan bed!

If you really want to make a statement out of it, panel all the way up to the ceiling.

Don't worry about it being uncomfortable - this is where all those cushions on your bed that are normally cast aside come into play!

Exchange Your Headboard For Wall Panels - the.sussex.house

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7. Simple Doesn't Mean Boring

Some people thing traditional and decorative when they hear wall panelling. However, that doesn't have to be the case.

Using a simple shaker style can add a modern touch to the room and draw attention to the walls.

Even with the simplicity, it adds a touch of something more that can be incorporated in to many spaces.

Plain square battens are simple but can be used to make striking panelled walls.

Simple Panelling Doesn't Mean Boring - the_house_that_jen_built

Image Credit: @the_house_that_jen_built on Instagram

8. Squares Can Add Character

If you really want to make a wall stand out, using a grid style pattern with squares can have a huge effect.

Simply creating squares with plain panelling adds depth to the wall.

Introduce a decorative infill to each square and you add character and class.

Square Panelling Adds Character To Walls - champagnehouse_proseccobudget

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9. Make Your Room Seem Taller

If you already have picture rail running around your room, great. If not, this is the perfect way to incorporate it.

By panelling all the way up to the picture rail, you create an illusion of your walls being taller than they actually are.

Keep the picture rail and wall above white and add a contrasting colour to the panelling to break up the aesthetic and really highlight the panelling.

Panel Up To The Picture Rail To Make Your Room Seem Taller - houselust

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10. Vary The Style Between The Top And Bottom

If you're planning on panelling the entire wall, why not use 2 different styles?

You could have a simple shaker style up top and a more decorative Jacobean style below, broken up by a dado rail.

It doesn't have to be this way round and the styles can be completely different, but it can certainly change the character of a room.

Incorporating 2 styles is also a good idea if you're struggling to choose between them!

Get Panelling!

Hopefully we've given you some inspiration to truly revamp your walls.

In our opinion, the 10 ideas we have listed are the most used and definitely stand out when installed.

Whether it's traditional or contemporary, there's a style here for any home.