Bedroom Wall Paneling Ideas to Add Character and Depth
Wall panelling has recently become very popular again, and many interior designers are loving this trend. Today's paneled wall has the rustic, comfortable feel and practical advantages of older ones, but with updated twists.
Modern panels are more than the dated, cheap coverings for concrete or stone walls you may be familiar with. Newer panelling trends update your home easily, giving a comfortable or traditional feel, without feeling old-fashioned or tired.
They can give you a rustic country feel, or a classic, elegant charm. Panelling can even create a dramatic impact with modern designs and bold geometric shapes. Whatever you choose, there are many options to personalize it to your tastes, and create looks that you will love for many years to come.
Panels are perfect for adding architectural character to simpler rooms. They also have a lot of practical value, protecting walls against bumps and wear and tear, and for added insulation, which is an important bonus for those looking to improve their home efficiency.
Materials and Tips for Wall Panels
Wood panelling makes a room feel cozy and warm. Don't be afraid to use bare wood; its natural charm is timeless. Try experimenting with texture, and try mixing different woods and textures. Finer panelling generally works better for a smaller space.
Be sure to use a level for perfect vertical and horizontal lines and a professional look. Take time to establish a complete plan and layout with dimensions and cuts, before jumping in. New adhesives mean you can complete your project with no nails. Don't forget to also get decorator's caulk and paint for finishing.
When panelling the lower half of walls, choose a panelling colour that coordinates with your wall colours, to help improve the visual cohesion of open space areas that include multiple rooms. This ties them together despite the different furniture pieces, features, and styles. Extending the same panel through into halls and other rooms also adds cohesion throughout your house.
Types of Wall Paneling
You can use natural wood paneling or planks, or ready-to use wall panels, or anything else that you like the look of. Medium density fibreboard (MDF) panels are a budget-friendly way to achieve the trending look of paneling.
For the look of natural wood, reclaimed timber is beautiful, or you can opt for the traditional look of classic raised wood panels. You can also use moulding to create the illusion of raised panels easily, although this is usually painted, for a more modern look. Flat panels or thin wood panels are retro-chic, and are cost effective wall treatments.
Some other options include shiplap, which gives a bright, clean, Scandinavian feel. Beadboard was originally used as a moisture resistant and insulating feature, but is popular again for its attractive, vertical panels. Board and batten can be used for unique, dramatic feature walls with geometric patterns and offer the look of clean lines. Tongue and groove panels are easy to install, flexible enough to fit with any decor as they can be painted or stained, and give a sleek look to the wall.
For entryways and halls with traditional feel, embrace the look of wood and a natural patina. You can go for a dramatic look, with deeper wood hues. Large, antique mirrors and lighting complete the effect.
For the dining room, soft, neutral painted or wood paneling lends grace and comfort to this room, and fits with current trends towards neutrals. You can avoid the issue of wainscoting patterns from looking too busy by choosing soothing creams and whites, letting the architectural features of the panelling be the focal point. Lighter, warmer wood tones are excellent too for dining rooms; tying in the wood type and colour to your dining room furniture prevents the wood paneling from 'clashing'. In general, keeping the dining area light and airy is often more popular.
Picture frame molding is beautiful and versatile in living rooms and other areas. This effect makes rooms feel higher and loftier, and is perfect for highlighting art. You can use panlling to achieve this look too, as well as picture frame molding, but molding is easier. Plan and measure out rectangles evenly along the wall, and cut the molding to fit, with 45o cuts for the corners. Center artwork or antique mirrors perfectly in the middle of each rectangle or leave the rectangles empty. The molding adds texture, depth and character to the living room as is.
Try updating a tired or dated fireplace with rustic wood paneling, or go bold with a modern look in vibrant colours.
Bedroom Wall Panels
Wall panels add depth, personality, and coziness for bedrooms. You can panel just along the bed, for a dramatic headboard, or the entire wall for a feature wall. Traditional half-wall paneling gives a traditional, more homey feel. Reclaimed timber and wood paneling looks great for a faux-headboard and makes a strong statement. Some people worry that wood paneling can make a small-space bedroom feel smaller, but with a headboard or single wall feature, it can do the opposite, giving an impression of stretching upwards, especially with vertically-aligned panels. It works with horizontal slats, too, though. You can even stretch horizontal wood slats further, along part of the ceiling, for a modern twist and even more impact. Stain or paint wood features to add interest and a personal touch. Wood vertices expand the look and feel of a bedroom beautifully.
Paneling is a cost-effective alternative to tiles in your bathroom. With a beadboard style on the lower portion of the walls, you can add a shelf on top for extra storage or decorations. Be sure to use MDF or a material that is resistant to dampness. With light colours, the result is a cozy farmhouse decor, but with a dramatic black, paired with a black and white floor, you can get a strong, modern vibe.
Decorating to Complement Your Wall Paneling Ideas
Smitty's Fine Furniture has beautiful home furnishings to complement your new wall paneling, whether you choose an elegant, traditional, real wood finish, a bright, bold and modern look, or a rustic, homey feel.