Wall panelling is a great way to add texture and style to your home. With wood paneling, you can create a cozy and warm atmosphere in any room or hide imperfections on the walls. Wondering about what the whole wall panelling concept is all about? Well, we have you covered! Here’s all you need to know about wood panels, the materials used and the cost. We have also included some of our favorite wood paneling ideas for your home!

We love to incorporate our favorite elements into our spaces and often incorporate a wooden wall paneling style, but not just because it’s trendy…it actually works with any home decor.

Wood Paneling: What is it?

Wall panelling is a method of covering the entire wall with wood panels on wall. The wood panels are attached to the wall at various points and maybe attached in one piece or cut into individual pieces for added visual interest. They add great texture to a room, helping to create the desired atmosphere, whether it’s rustic and cozy or sleek and modern.

Wood Paneling Styles

The most commonly used wood paneling styles are:

• Solid – panels of solid wood are attached to the wall in one piece. These are mainly used in kitchens as they give off a more rustic look. They also absorb heat well, which is great for kitchens with open layouts or additional heating systems.

Wood panels are attached to the wall at various points and maybe attached in one piece or cut into individual pieces for added visual interest.

• Veneer – veneer panels consist of a thin layer of wood applied over a non-wooden substrate. They have a sleek and modern look and are very easy to maintain as they require little to no regular maintenance.

• Engineered – these panels consist of several layers with a supporting core made out of MDF or HDF wood. They look a lot like solid wood panels, but are made of a non-wooden substrate. They give off a modern yet industrial look and are very easy to maintain.

• Panel – panel style wall panelling consists of panels of MDF or HDF with a plywood backing. These panels are easy to install and create the perfect texture and visual interest.

Use the wood paneling layout that is right for your home. For a rustic wall, use solid wood panels or for a more modern look, use engineered panels.

How to Add Drama and Texture with Wall Panels

Wall panels provide a way to add a creative element to otherwise bland or plain walls. They can be used for children’s rooms, bedrooms, and even basements. While most people think of them as just the wall itself, they can also be fashioned into unique shapes or designs that highlight important architectural features in your home.

This project combines everything you need to create a dramatic wall that adds texture and interest. It also highlights the importance of color contrast in a room.  You can use it to add a very high or low contrast look by using different colors.

The architecture, aesthetics, and design of your home are important elements on which to build on. If these elements are not maintained well so that they remain relevant and visually appealing for the years ahead, they won’t be as usable or pleasurable as they could be.

I’ve used this wall as an entryway to a home office so you can see how it looks and how I used different elements to create interest and impact.  This low-contrast wall is a great way to add interest and drama, but you can also use different color schemes or moods in your home to make the most of your space.

The most important element of any interior space is color.  Color is the foundation of design as well as its greatest impact on perception. That is why you should use a color wheel and colors that are relevant to each other.  In this case, I’ve used warm and cool colors to pull out specific elements of the wall. The wall itself was painted 60% off-white and 40% off-black.

To add texture, I applied 3M weathered wood panels over the whole wall using proper tools and materials from a local hardware store.

When you are going to apply wall paneling, you should remember the following:

You should never use any sort of tool or tape on a painted surface.  Keep in mind that the paint on your walls is not a strong enough adhesive to hold the panels securely.  The panels will fall off as soon as you touch them. You’ll need to apply drywall anchors and putty underneath the paneling so that it will stay in place.


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