How to choose which style is right for your home. 

Are you bored of looking at your bland, plain walls? 
Or maybe, after being locked in your home for over 2 years, raising indoor plants, baking bread, and buying expensive fancy furniture, you realized your home needs a touch of architectural character. Or perhaps, you’re looking to build your dream home and are debating on styling choices.
 
Wall paneling has proven to be an impactful way of bringing a bit of pizzazz to more basic homes. A tactful way to get started is by making more minor minimalist changes around your home, then you can choose to go big and have an entire abstract feature wall paneling!

To help you with your home décor projects, we have put together some suggestions on different types of wall panelling and how and where you could apply it.

Applied box moulding/Applied moulding
Wall panelling can seem like a lot of work, and it can get expensive. However, consider some DIY options. Applied box moulding and applied moulding are the easiest, simplest, and possibly the cheapest options on the market! And what’s better is that you can easily install them yourself.

You can drastically transform the look and feel of your home just by adding strips of wood to the existing walls, either with glue or nails. With applied moulding, you can customize the size and shape of the boxes, use various combinations of squares and rectangles and layer them to give the space an extra element of depth.

Vertical and horizontal panelling
Another fun DIY option for a sleek design is vertical or horizontal panelling. And it’s as straightforward as it sounds! If you’re feeling creative, buy large sheets of plywood or bender board, cut it down to a set of wide strips or irregular patterns, and you can nail them up horizontally or vertically. Or you can buy 6″ or 8″ standard boards and pull out your glue guns.

If you want to make the panelling blend seamlessly into your space, add some caulking and a coat of paint to create a custom feature in your room. Alternatively, leave the boards naked for a more rustic style.

Wainscot Panelling
Wainscot panelling emerged in popularity in the 18th century as wall coverings and doubled as insulation. However, wainscoting is now predominantly used as a decorative wall accent, typically rising from two up to five feet on a wall. The remaining wall is either painted or plastered with wallpaper. The key feature of wainscot panelling is that it is installed in the lower half of the wall and is often painted a lighter colour than the wall colour. However, interior design trends are shifting, and we are now seeing brave designers incorporate dark wainscoting.

Wainscoting was usually reserved for more traditional spaces, but it’s being incorporated in modern and eclectic spaces as trends change. It’s a style you can customize and adapt to almost any aesthetic.

Shiplap Panelling
If you’re a fan of design TV shows, you’ll be familiar with shiplap. Historically, shiplap referred to a type of overlapping wooden board with ‘rabbet’ grooves which had the purpose of waterproofing and interior and keeping out drafts. In recent years, it’s become a hot interior design trend for country and cottage chic décor enthusiasts.

Shiplap is the way to go for those aiming for a modern rustic home design. It can be added to create the perfect accent wall, repurposed from old sub-walls, or added to the entire home for a cohesive look. If you’re just looking to add a rustic accent, consider:
– A shiplap wall above the fireplace
– An accent wall in the kitchen, with simple tile backlash over the sink
– A shiplap wall behind your bed’s headboard

When designing a space, it’s crucial to incorporate custom elements. Panelling can be the perfect option because it brings warmth is depth.