Our big design crush at the moment is wood panelling. It has slowly been making its way into quite a few of our recent designs. From the bedroom combined with a ledge, which we talked about at length here, to feature office walls, the TV wall in a living room and dedicated entrance areas. Not only does it bring so much interest to an otherwise plain painted wall – there is also something about it that says “home comfort”. Do you know what we mean?
Take these white spaces for example. No doubt these spaces would still have looked lovely with their serene white backdrops and beautifully styled furniture pieces. The addition of the wood panelling, however, elevates the overall finish to something a little more considered, and also adds some additional warmth to the spaces.
Wood panelling works particularly well in circulation areas or other open plan spaces that usually struggle to find their own identity and purpose. Paint the panelling the same colour as the rest of the space, and the textured finish will give the selected area its own personality and intention.
We start swooning when the panelling is painted a dark colour for a little dose of extra moodiness. The darker backdrop also helps lessen the visual impact of a TV hanging on an empty wall.
What really needs to be stressed about the application of wood panelling though is that this is not a return to the mid-1900’s. Use panelling throughout your home will definitely be a case of overkill.