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Transform your space with wall panelling

All you need to know about DIY panelling

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest interior trends, you’ll know that wall panelling is quickly becoming the next big thing in UK homes. Not only does it add character and texture to a room, but it also helps insulate and cover uneven walls. Whether you’re looking to add a modern twist to your space, or perhaps a dash of period charm, wall panelling is a simple and cost-effective choice. 

Sometimes known as wall cladding, moulding, or wainscoting, wall panelling comes in lots of different forms. If you’re new to DIY, the various types of panels and how to fit them may seem puzzling. Never fear – we’re here to give you the lowdown so you can achieve picture-perfect panelling in your home.

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Types of wall panelling

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Hallway modern

This half-and-half design is popular in hallways, as it protects walls from scuffing whilst being subtle enough not to dominate the room. Pairing a darker tone on the bottom half with a bright, light tone on the top half will open the hallway up and give the illusion of space. If you’re looking to achieve a modern-chic aesthetic, we recommend painting your panelling in a tranquil green hue and adding co-ordinating green accessories throughout the space.

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Shaker style

Shaker style panelling, sometimes known as board and batten, is arguably one of the most popular types of DIY panelling. The traditional square appearance adds three-dimensional depth to your room, creating a cosy, homely feel. You’ll often find this style of panelling in bedrooms, as it makes a great feature wall behind a headboard. Plus, shaker style panelling is quick and simple to install if you choose to do it yourself. Opt for a navy blue paint to add an eye-catching contrast wall in your bedroom.

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This traditional style of panelling emulates the interior design of a colonial house, alternating wide and narrow panels that can either span half height or full length. Although Victorian panelling takes on various forms, we recommend opting for floor to ceiling panelling if you are looking to achieve a truly regal design. The most traditional colour pairings for Victorian panelling are pale greys and blues.

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You might be wondering – what is shiplap panelling? Shiplap is a type of panelling that was originally used to waterproof boats. It was installed with grooves cut into the top and bottom of the panels so that they could overlap to form a tight seal to keep water out. Although made in a similar way today, shiplap panelling is now used more often as a decorative addition in nautical-themed bathrooms.

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If you’re looking for ultra-modern decorative wall panels, choose slatted (or strip) panels. Not only are slatted panels an excellent way to add natural character to your room, but they’re easy to install on a budget. Slatted panels can span across a full wall to act as a feature wall, or smaller sections can be used to add texture to otherwise empty spaces, such as a corner. Paint the wall behind the slatted panelling in black to make the light panels pop. 

How to do DIY panelling

Panelling has become a popular DIY trend due to how quick, easy, and cost-effective it is to do. With various types of panelling available, there are a few different ways you can do DIY panelling at home. Check out our quick and easy steps below on how to do board and batten wood panelling. (If you’re looking to install another type of panelling, simply follow the same steps but adjust your required panelling shape and size!)

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Look no further for your quick and easy 5 step wall panelling guide...

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1. Measure

Start by measuring your wall and marking out any switches. Calculate how much panelling you’ll need by holding the panels up against the wall, working outwards for symmetry. Place markers on the wall with a pencil for reference – don’t forget to use a spirit level for accuracy! 


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2. Cut and paint your panels

Cut the timber panel to size based on your measurements using a hand saw. If you don’t feel comfortable cutting the wood yourself, we offer a timber cutting service in store depending on the amount of wood you need. Once cut, paint your panels in your desired colour (don’t forget the second coat!)

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3. Prepare your walls

You will need to prepare the walls behind the panelling before you stick it down. We recommend sanding the walls to ensure they are smooth and level before the panelling goes down. You can also paint the wall behind the panelling for a seamless match.

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4. Apply panels to the wall

Make sure you place each panel against the wall without glue first to ensure it fits! Next, apply grab adhesive to the back of the panel. Place the panel in position against the wall and hold down for the recommended amount of time. Apply any vertical panels first, followed by horizontal panels. 

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5. Fill any gaps

Don’t forget to fill the joints for a smooth finish! Use decorator’s caulk to fill in any gaps or holes, or areas where the panelling may be a few millimetres short. Once filled, sand the areas down to achieve a smooth finish and go over with another layer of paint if required. 

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Just like that - you're all done!

Do it yourself wall panelling is as easy as that. You can now sit back, relax, and enjoy your ultra-stylish wall panelling. In need of some tips on how to style your new panelling? Keep scrolling for our top styling tips for every type of wall panelling.

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Styling your panelling

Now that your MDF panelling is up, it’s time to think about how to style your space around it. Looking to achieve a botanical boudoir? Or perhaps you want to dive into a deep blue nautical bathroom? Keep reading to discover wood panelling ideas for every room.  

Be bold with paint contrasts

Who said you have to stop at one colour? One of the best ways to add depth to your space is to add contrasting colours to the panelling, such as pink and blue. Be fearlessly bold by adding sliced sections of colour and texture across different areas of the wood panelling.

Add other textures

Layering textures will create a homely feel in any room. Try pairing slatted wall panels with brick-effect wallpaper for an industrial aesthetic. Alternatively, you can go green by adding trailing plants from the ceiling to create a natural textured look. 

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Frame artwork and mirrors

Certain types of panelling, such as board and batten panelling, are perfect for framing artwork, mirrors, and TV’s. Placing large canvases within the panelling will create an eye-catching focal point that will be sure to impress any house guests. Top tip: if you’re planning on using your panelling to frame artwork, measure out the artwork size before you install your panels.  

Extend your panelling

When you realise just how effective your panelling looks, you won’t want to stop at just one wall. Create a statement space by extending your panelling across all walls within the room. Better still, why not extend your panelling to the ceiling for ultimate unity? 

Feeling inspired to take on your own panelling project? Shop our DIY wall panelling range here.

Picture-perfect panelling

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