Select your style
- There is a wide range of options to choose from, so try and do as much research as possible, as well as thinking about your own design ideas.
- While they’re often associated with a country house aesthetic and traditional charm, the right style can still be a great fit for more contemporary settings.
- Keep it simple with Shaker panelling that uses standard rectangles formed from timber or MDF boards butted up to each other. They’re pinned to the wall and painted for a timeless, understated look.
- For something a bit more period, a Jacobean-style grid is super impactful with its historic aesthetic, while still maintaining enough simplicity to suit modern sensibilities too.
- For something more extravagant, combine horizontal and vertical rows for a basket-weave effect or herringbone pattern.
Materials & finishes
- The go-to combination is usually MDF or interior timber and a painted finish over the top, which gives you complete control over your colour choices and makes it easy to transform the look of your room.
- Mouldings and skirting boards offer a more decorative option, bringing some subtly stylish flare with their detailing.
- For a more natural look, natural wood panelling is a great option. You get a classic woodgrain finish and a variety of light or dark options to choose from.
- Opting for partial panelling that stops at dado height helps to protect your walls by giving you more durability in high-traffic areas.
- It gives you style that doesn’t dominate the room, and can be seamlessly blended with the same colour or painted a different colour for some contrast.
- For something bolder and more dramatic, a floor-to-ceiling design really becomes the stand-out centrepiece of any room you put it in.
Think about your room
- Measure your wall or walls thoroughly and sketch and plan out your design fully to make sure you choose the right panelling.
- Think about how it might affect your space - if you have a small room and you’re worried about making it feel closed in, thinner panelling might be a better solution to prevent this.
- If you want to put panelling in your bathroom or even kitchen, make sure you’re using a material that has waterproof properties.