25 bold and beautiful wall panelling ideas
By Ellie Reeves | 7th February 2024 | 7 min read
Transform your space with wall panelling
Love the look of wall panelling? So do we! More than just a trend, wall panels are here for the long run. Between classic wainscoting, trendy geometric shapes, or chic acoustic panels – you’re truly spoilt for choice. We’ve unveiled our pick of the best wall panelling ideas to inspire your next makeover project. Ready to find your perfect match? Go on, have a scroll.
1. Brighten your bedroom with a yellow panelled feature wall
Wake up to sunshine every day! Transform your bedroom into a haven of cheer with a bold yellow panelled feature wall. Bursting with vibrancy, this sunny sanctuary will lift your spirits and invite positivity into your mornings.
2. Extend your wall panels to the ceiling
Panelling isn’t just for walls. For a unique look in your kitchen, frame your entire cooking space with stylish wooden panels. Installing panels that reach up to the ceiling will create a sense of visual continuity in your kitchen. Resulting in a cosy, welcoming atmosphere – perfect for both cooking and entertaining.
3. Transform your bedroom with a wall panelled headboard
Add a touch of sophistication to your bedroom with a wall panelled headboard. Tailor your headboard to blend seamlessly with the existing décor – or alternatively create a striking contrast. This deep purple headboard ties in perfectly with the surrounding décor of this tranquil lilac bedroom.
4. Impress with a dramatic panelled feature wall
A dark panelled feature wall can serve as a dramatic backdrop for showcasing decorative elements and details. Whether in a living room, bedroom, or study, a dramatic dark panelled feature wall adds a touch of contemporary elegance – elevating the overall look of the space.
5. Fake it with wood panel effect wallpaper
With wood panel wallpaper, you can achieve the timeless charm of wood panelling (without the commitment or cost). Effortlessly emulate the warmth and texture of real wood panels with this stunning panel pink wallpaper.
6. Create the ultimate statement with black wall panelling
Embrace the cool sophistication of Scandinavian design with a twist. Black wall panelling adds a touch of the unexpected to this serene dining room, playing in perfect harmony with natural wooden accents and pops of crisp white and trailing greenery.
7. Craft a timeless look with wainscoting
Wainscoting is a classic style of panelling that breathes instant elegance into any space. Bring some timeless sophistication to your living room by wainscoting the lower half of the walls. Give your panels a modern twist by choosing a brilliantly bold colour scheme, this room has been painted in a gorgeous pastel blue and striking orange.
8. Wall panel your chimney breast for a standout feature
Give your chimney breast a starring role with striking slatted wall panels. They’re the perfect way of transforming a simple architectural feature into a focal point. Choose natural wooden panels to warmth and texture to your living room, anchoring your fireplace with timeless charm.
9. Install a decorative shelf above panelling
Wall panelling makes a stunning feature, but why stop there? Take your bedroom design to new heights with a decorative shelf nestled above the panels. A carefully curated shelf amplifies the statement of the panelling, while offering valuable storage space. Showcase favourite finds, beloved art prints, or even trailing greenery for a touch of life.
10. Use cream panel wallpaper for a luxurious feel
Want to bring some elegance to your bedroom? Recreate the timeless elegance of wall panels with this classy cream panel effect wallpaper. If you haven’t got the budget or time for panelling your bedroom, this wallpaper is just what you need!
11. Add interest to a white room with green wall panels
Breathe new life and vibrancy into a plain white room with gorgeous green wall panelling. These contemporary wall panels not only serve as a captivating focal point but also create a dynamic contrast against the neutral backdrop. Soft furnishings and natural accessories tie the whole look together.
12. Decorate your home office with bold blue panelling
Create an energising home office with vibrant blue wall panels. Often associated with productivity, focus and calmness, blue is the ideal colour for a home office. Whether used as a backdrop for video calls or as a source of inspiration during intense work sessions, this feature wall adds depth to your space.
13. Create a cottage feel with shiplap panels
Bring a sense of rustic charm to your living room with shiplap panels. All four walls of this dusty pink living room have been covered in shiplap panels – creating a cosy atmosphere reminiscent of a charming cottage retreat.
14. A touch of Parisian chic with panel mouldings
Step into a Parisian boudoir with these cream panel mouldings. Pair with crisp white linens for a touch of understated luxury or opt for blush pinks and soft greys to infuse the room with a romantic air.
15. Pair grey panels with natural materials
Create a bohemian look in your home by pairing grey slatted panels with organic materials, off-white linens, and wooden furniture. Light grey makes a spectacular backdrop – allowing shades of soft creams and muted browns to stand out.
16. Install wooden panels under your breakfast bar
Create a unique look in your kitchen by fitting vertical wooden panels under your breakfast bar. We absolutely love how it’s been executed in this modern kitchen. The vertical panels help to tie the marble and wooden elements together – creating a cohesive look.
17. Install slatted panels for a minimalistic look
Want to add some interest to your plain white walls, but don’t fancy using bold colour or patterns? Here’s an idea – install vertical slatted panels for a subtle impact. They’ll give your room an instant boost. Thin wall panels add depth and texture to your room without going overboard.
18. Decorate your child’s bedroom with thin slatted panels
Wall panels are a wonderful way of adding visual interest and texture to your kid’s bedroom. Whether you opt for vibrant and playful patterns or subtle and soothing textures, wall panels can transform the ambiance of the bedroom. Making it an inspiring haven for your child to enjoy.
19. Transform your living room with shaker style panel wallpaper
Breathe new life into dull walls with this shaker style panel wallpaper in a captivating shade of teal green. Whether used as a feature wall or to envelop the entire room, this panel wallpaper serves as a timeless yet contemporary statement piece. Transforming your living space into a welcoming haven for guests.
20. Pair wooden slatted panels with white walls
Combine the timeless allure of wooden slatted panels with the crisp elegance of white walls for a striking contrast in your dining area. Hang wall art and use colourful accessories to bring some personality to your living space.
21. Achieve timeless beauty with monochrome wainscoting
We love the classic combination of black and white in interior design. These contrasting tones not only add depth and dimension to the walls but also serve to highlight the architectural details of the room, creating a sense of classic grandeur. Pair with black and white art prints for an effortlessly chic look.
22. Create a modern look with white slatted panels
Looking for ways to give your living area a style boost? Bring your dining room to life by installing an acoustic panel in front of your dining table. This decorative feature is a simple yet effective way of adding texture and dimension to your space.
23. Highlight your panels with a contrasting hue
Transform your panels with a contrasting pop of colour! Whether you harmonise with a soothing shade that complements your existing decor or make a bold statement with a vibrant hue. Painting your panels in a different shade elevates them from mere background to a stunning design element.
24. Create a cosy sleeping nook with wooden panelling
Utilise the comforting charm of wooden panelling to craft a snug and inviting sleeping nook in your kid’s bedroom. This thoughtful use of wall panelling not only enhances the visual appeal of the space but also serves a practical purpose, offering children a private retreat where they can relax, read, and recharge.
25. Say goodbye to boring walls with beadboard panelling
Transform your tired walls with beadboard panelling. This style lends itself wonderfully to different decor themes, from traditional to farmhouse chic, adding character and depth to the living room. Whether used as wainscoting or as a full wall treatment, beadboard panelling can bring a sense of warmth and character your space.
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