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Mad About … Panelled Walls

30th August 2014
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I do love a panelled wall. I know we can’t all live in Georgian mansions but a little panelling, even a little tongue and groove is a great decorative feature. I used it in a bathroom where it’s much warmer than tiles and, while I wouldn’t advocate it in a completely modern house, if you choose wisely it can work in most period properties.

hanne berzant fo r by nnord1

very subtle low key panelling in Hanne Berzant’s Danish home.

Have a look at the following and see what you think. I love the simple wooden panelled walls in this Danish cottage. Mind you, a vintage red Tolix chair does help set it all off perfectly.

forum.hr danish cottage

from forum.hr

The panelling has been continued onto the ceiling here too. Often it’s a way of covering up some dodgy plasterwork although I suspect this is a wooden building.


from welke.nl

In my last house, there was wooden panelling up the stairs which we rather loved and spent many an hour rubbing down and trying to remove the orange varnish. However, our builder pointed out that it probably wasn’t original and had no doubt been put there to cover up some dodgy plaster. And, as the house, had been treated for subsidence, I have to admit that he was probably right. Still, it looked great.

ceiling panelling too

try panelling the ceiling too

Look closely at the room above because if it was left in its original wood colour, you would all be screaming alpine chalet, but the addition of a few coats of white paint and suddenly it’s a different thing altogether.

scandinavian bathroom design, scandinavian design, bathroom

simple white panelled walls

Using white panelling walls gives another layer of texture to this otherwise plain white room.


from home-designing.com

In the image above it has been left in its raw natural state and does look fantastic although at the first sign of orange, I’d have the paint brush out.

from houset0home

from housetohome

As I mentioned earlier, using tongue and groove in a bathroom gives a much warmer look than tiles. The room below belongs to Anwen Pegrum, who runs the vintage furniture store Peastyle . Her gorgeous house was featured in Style at Home .

bathroom panel from interiordesignprinciples.blogspot.co.uk

bathroom panelling in Anwen Pegrum’s house. Photograph by Matt Cantt

She said: “We opted for panelling here in the bathroom mainly to hide all of the plumbing and the tongue and groove particularly suited the traditional bathroom suite that we had chosen.

“We wanted a colour scheme that was soft and muted so went for a timeless greyish green which is really easy on the eye.”

It’s House of Colour by Homebase – Silver mist in a quick drying satin – for anyone who’s interested.


from oakmanltd.com

This rather large, high-ceilinged room looks great with the panelling on one wall. It’s a much more elegant look than tongue and groove.

from cheverellwood.co

from cheverellwood.co

It looks like the fitted wardrobes have been hidden behind panelled doors which is a great idea as I have never yet seen a fitted wardrobe that I could live with.

And finally, if you don’t want to spend lots of money on panelling then there’s always the wallpaper option as illustrated brilliant by Young & Battaglia.

wallpaper from Young & Battaglia

wallpaper from Young & Battaglia






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  • Anwen Pegrum 17th June 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Hey what are the chances of that? The second bathroom shot is my bathroom here at http://www.peastyle.co.uk!

    It was shot for the October issue of Style at Home. Made my day! 🙂

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