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Wall Panelling Ideas: 15 Achievable Schemes for Any Home

by Monika Bürger
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After great wall paneling ideas? Wall paneling is back and has had a makeover since the days when dark, heavily varnished finishes were all the rage

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If you are after some brilliant wall paneling ideas then you are probably not alone. Wall paneling, in all its various styles, has shot up the list of must-have features in recent years and suits all types of homes, from super contemporary to country classic. 

Even better, fitting wall paneling is usually simple and shouldn’t be too disruptive. It is also a feature that suits all budgets, with simply painted softwoods or MDF lying at the cheaper end of the market and solid hardwoods at the upper end of the scale. 

Our wall paneling ideas are perfect when renovating a house too. Not only can wall paneling be matched to suit the architectural era the house was constructed in but is also a great way to cover up damaged or uneven walls. 

In contemporary rooms, you might wish to opt for something subtle and sleek, such as tongue-and-groove wall paneling, painted either in crisp white or fresh grey — or a bold and bright shade. 

Here, we showcase some of the most inspirational and beautiful wall paneling ideas we’ve come across — everything you need to set your interior refresh in motion.

1. Create a Decadent Feel With a Glamorous Wall Panelling Idea

bedroom with wall panelling
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If you are after wall paneling ideas to add a touch of glamour to your bedroom then look no further. The opulent four-poster bed and enormous original sash window in this grand master suite were crying out for an equally luxurious wall finish. 

The wall paneling has been painted a deep forest green – the perfect pairing with the antique-style leather armchairs – while the bed nestles into the alcove created by constructing built-in wardrobes on either side. 

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2. Go For a Rustic Feel in the Bathroom

bathroom with wood cladding
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The rustic weathered vertical wall cladding used in this bathroom creates a warm backdrop for the back-to-wall bath as well as providing a handy shelf for toiletries. 

Many people are now opting for wood cladding as an alternative to tiles — on walls and bath panels alike. If you choose to do this, be sure to check the wood you use is suitable for use in wet areas, or select a sealant that will protect it from moisture. Moisture-resistant MDF works well too.

Stop neglecting bathroom decor – our designer Shower Curtains bring a fresh new feel to an overlooked space. Hookless and extra-long, these bathroom curtains feature crisp and colorful prints on the front, with a white reverse side.

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3. New England Style Wall Panelling Ideas

timber wall cladding bedroom
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Simple wood cladding fitted vertically and painted a fresh white is the ideal way to create an airy New England style feel in the home.

Combine it with pale wood floors and painted joinery details elsewhere for a cohesive look.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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4. Use Narrow Strip Cladding for a Contemporary Look

contemporary wall cladding
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If you want contemporary wall paneling ideas take a look at this. Not only will the type of timber you select for your wall cladding have an effect on the finished look of your scheme, but so too will the way it is fitted and its configuration.

For a highly contemporary finish, opt for a rich-toned timber such as walnut or a very pale timber, such as ash. Narrow strips of timber fitted either horizontally or vertically, with tiny spaces between ensuring a super sleek end result. 

Quick and easy, yet potent—almost like they’re the garlic bread of wall art. (Great, now we’re hungry…) Posters are the most convenient way to bring design into your space. Colors will pop on the high-quality, smooth gloss paper. Hang your posters with thumbtacks, putty, or even clothespins on a string. Available in four sizes.

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5. Shaker Style Wall Panelling Idea For Classic Appeal

open plan shaker style kitchen
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This beautiful Shaker kitchen is made all the better by the carefully selected Shaker-style wall paneling that graces the walls. This is a great wall paneling idea to steal as by tying the wall covering in with the units the whole space feels full of character and warmth — something that can be lacking in some larger, open-plan layouts. 

6. Use Wall Panelling to Create a Useful Shelf

living room with wall panelling
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This narrow timber strip wall paneling not only creates a modern, fresh feel in this living space but also plays a handy practical role. 

Wall paneling comes in particularly useful when you want to create built-in features, such as storage cupboards or shelving, allowing you to easily cover a simple timber framework. 

Here, the shelf provides a useful spot to display artwork behind the sofa.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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7. Use a Simple Grid Pattern Panelling 

wall panelling in living room
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While wall paneling comes in hundreds of designs to suit any era or style of home, you can’t go wrong with a simple grid pattern, as shown here. 

Not only does it have the power to make a room seem larger than it is and ceilings appear higher, but it is also happy to take a backseat to other features in the room, allowing them to shine.

Here, the paneling acts as the perfect backdrop for the wall art, while the pale pink shade sits well with the metallic shelves and side lamp.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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8. Go For Coastal Vibes With Weathered Boards

interior wall panelling
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Recreate a beachside feel in your home all year-round by using your wall panelling to conjure up a seaside mood. 

Opt for slightly weather-beaten timber with a rustic finish — think fishing boats and huts and aim for a slightly imperfect look.

If you are worried about the whole thing looking a little too shabby, limit the paneling to just a small section of the room and make a feature of it to draw the eye.

9. Create Harmony in the Bedroom

bedroom with wall panelling
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Wall panelling is a great way to pull an interiors scheme together and this bedroom  is a brilliant example of that.

The number of configurations and styles means that you can select one to reflect items of furniture used elsewhere in the room for a smart, harmonious, and cohesive look. 

Here, the simple paneled frame of the bed is mirrored on the walls — as well as the floors. The muted pink wall behind serves to add warmth and another dimension.

You went for the duvet… you fancy, huh? Now it’s time to finish the job and dress it up with some premium design. Our natural fiber cotton duvet covers feature your favorite artist’s design on the front. The lightweight cotton offers a more breathable option to keep you cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. Plus, just like your favorite pair of jeans, our cotton bedding gets softer after each wash! Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, and King sizes. Duvet inserts not included.

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10. Fake It With Wallpaper

wall panelling wallpaper
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Still after new wall panelling ideas but wary of fitting it yourself? You could always opt to cheat your way to wall panelling if you want an easy shortcut to the look. This Amethyst Panelling wallpaper from Mineheart is inspired by Georgian architectural details and is pretty convincing.

Our peel and stick Wallpaper is easy to apply and take off, leaving no adhesive residue. Featuring sharp, vibrant images, Wallpaper patterns are ideal for accent walls, flat surfaces, and temporary installations (like parties!). Available in three floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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11. Wall Panelling Ideas for Dining Rooms

wall panelling ideas for dining rooms
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Wall paneling suits dining rooms particularly well, where its warmth adds a welcoming convivial touch. Paint it in a soft muted tone, such as the powdery grey shade shown here, for a relaxing atmosphere.

Our outdoor floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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12. Geometrical Contemporary Wall Panelling Idea 

bedroom wall panelling ideas
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For an easy wall paneling idea that is perfect for more contemporary, modern interior schemes, consider creating a geometrical pattern.

Simple battens attached to the wall in a symmetrical geometric design can be painted to mimic the look of wall paneling for a funky, fresh look.

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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13. Embrace Pale and Interesting

living room with wall panelling and sideboard
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Sometimes simple is best. Muted shades and subtle yet effective tongue-and-groove wall paneling in this living room create a relaxing yet super stylish space. 

Tongue-and-groove panelling is easy to fit and can be bought unpainted to finish off on a DIY basis — a cost effective and quick way to update or finish off your home.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by the candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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14. Go For Glamour in the Bathroom

freestanding bath in bathroom with wall panelling
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Wall paneling ideas are particularly useful when it comes to bathroom design. Not only will wall paneling add warmth and character but it can also have a practical role too. 

If you want to build in pipework, for example, you can cover your boxing in with wall paneling — a neat and stylish way to finish off your bathroom and add a handy storage ledge at the same time. 

Here, the wall paneling that the bath has been butted up to has been painted a deep forest green (the perfect pairing for copper and brass) — all the plumbing for the taps is concealed neatly behind it.

The perfect Bath Mats: fuzzy, foamy and finely enhanced with brilliant art. Featuring a soft, quick-dry microfiber surface, memory foam cushion, and skid-proof backing. Time to lose that ratty shower rug and update your bathroom.

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15. Go Large and Be Bold

wall panelling ideas for living rooms
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Using wall paneling with large panels is a great way to highlight the proportions of a room — not only does this wall paneling style add drama, but it can make ceilings feel higher too.

In this living room, larger panels have been combined with a different, shorter set of panels in order to ensure the room remains cozy and that the furniture isn’t dwarfed by the walls.

What Material is Best For Wall Panelling? 

Those after wall panelling ideas should be aware that there are lots of different materials for wall panelling. Whilst timber is the traditional option, many people opt for MDF wall panelling these days — is it cost-effective, easy to paint and doesn’t tend to warp or twist. 

If you plan on using MDF in a room with high levels of moisture (such as the bathroom) be sure to opt for moisture-resistant MDF.

It is also possible to buy tiles that mimic the look of wood panels or cladding. 

wood effect tiles in bathroom
In this bathroom, wood effect tiles from Walls and Floors have been used instead of timber cladding — a great idea for anyone concerned about mixing wood finishes with water.  (Image credit: Walls and Floors)

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