This durable method of decorating the walls in your home can easily add the WOW factor back into your space. As you’ve probably already spotted while scrolling through social media, or when watching your favourite period drama, there are many styles of wall panelling to choose from. Choose ribbed panelling or cabin cladding to create a modern rustic design.
A simple and easy way to panel a wall is to go for slim decorative mouldings, like these chic ones from Richard Burbidge, plus they’re even easier to attach.
Also, remember to consider the existing fittings and fixtures on the wall, such as sockets and wall-hung lights. And don’t forget about your protective equipment: mask, safety goggles and gloves
Time to roll up your sleeves – cut your panels to the size and width of your measurements using a saw. It’s probably best to do this outdoors to help with the cleaning process once you’ve finished, or make sure to have a vacuum on hand.
An easier option is to go for wood panelling for walls from Wickes, for example, which come in packs and a variety of sizes. This step will take precision and patience, so make sure you don’t rush when attaching the panels. Luxury plain charcoal bedlinen, standard pillowcase £18, double duvet cover £90, from the Secret Linen Store. Wall panelling guide tip: it can’t stop you from installing open shelves or task lighting.
Pick wall lights, £99 each; Elsa table lamp, £116, with 26cm tall tapered shade, £42, all from Pooky. If you’re looking to create a moody atmosphere, go with a darker colour palette that can transform your room into a cosy cocoon. Or choose a light shade like a pastel to create a relaxing kitchen, bedroom or bathroom scheme.
For half panels, I’d suggest pairing contrasting shades – perhaps a deep navy or a forest green for the wood and a crisp white for the wall – as it creates a stylish and unexpected effect.
If you have full-height panels, heritage shades such as muted blues, soft taupes or bottle greens will instantly inject refinement and sophistication to the space, giving it a more classic and traditional feel,” says Crown colour consultant Judy Smith. You can either paint the entire wall, or go for a mix and match look with a stand-out wallpaper that complements your overall design.