Bedroom wall paneling ideas: 9 easy ways to add character and depth
3. Paint your paneling pink for a modern twist
Draw attention to your paneling and make it a stand-out design feature by painting it a different shade than the rest of your space. A great pink room, this soft pink paneling works to create a real focal point in the room and is a textured backdrop to an array of house plants.
It's fairly easy to learn how to install a board and batten wall like this, and it's quite a fun (and satisfying) project you can do in a few days.
1. Go for classic square panelling
You can't go far wrong with a simple square design for your wall paneling. This design's symmetry makes it perfect for any kind of bedroom - be it a large master bedroom or a smaller kids' room.
'Paneling will add character and reflect a period style that is emphasized when hit with light. As the sun moves throughout the day shadows and texture will be created from the reflection of the sun,' says Justyna Korczynska, senior designer at Crown. With the chunky paneling design shown above, the shadows cast will be even stronger, creating a more dramatic feel.
Top tip – if you plan to paint your paneling a dark shade like this, don't panel all the way up your wall. Keeping the ceiling and the top of the wall white visually tricks the eye into making the room feel bigger and airier than it is. Installing shaker-style DIY wall panels is easier than you may think too.
2. Elongate you room with vertical stripes
If you're a DIY novice and you're looking to experiment with paneling, this is a great design to start with. These simple vertical stripes couldn't be easier to replicate. They are made up of vertical strips of plywood, which are cut to size, and then glued and nailed to the wall. You can use caulk to fill in any gaps, then paint in you chosen color.
This simple idea means that you can go wild with your bedding, mixing and matching textures and colors as you see fit.
4. Keep traditional with beveled panels
If you want a real classic look, or you're keen to take the decor of your period property back to its routes, consider choosing panels with decorative moldings.
These bring even more depth and interest, but could be a little more fiddly to apply yourself at home. Calling in the professionals for this kind of design might be your best bet.
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5. Choose tongue and groove paneling
Bring texture and interest to a simple scheme with vertical tongue and groove paneling. With a nod to cozy log cabins, this works especially well in a cozy and warming bedroom for a space where you’ll want to snuggle up and hunker down.
'Be brave with color, paneling doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with textured or fun paints. Wood-paneled walls can also help balance out bolder reds, oranges, and bright blues,' says Rachel Fernie, an interior expert at Hillary's.
These colors are exemplified perfectly in the above image, where the pops of yellow, blue, and red add a contemporary, fun edge.
6. Use finer paneling in a smaller space
If you're tight on space, scale down the size of your paneling. Here, the slim paneling mirrors the elegant and refined feel of the room. We love how this paneling works around the architecture of the room, adding depth and detail to every corner.
Project by: The Fox Group. Photography credit: Scott Davis.
7. Go modern with chevron panelling
How amazing is this? When creating your own paneling, you don’t need to stick to classic designs. Try modern shapes and new patterns that really pack a punch, such as this oversized chevron effect. And the best bit is that the larger the pattern, the less fiddly and the quicker it is to install.
You can recreate this look using timber planks. Simply measure and cut at precisely the right angles, and attach to your wall using either Gorilla glue (buy in bulk at Amazon) or nails (or both to be extra secure). For a smooth finish, apply a filler where the planks meet. Then prime and paint in your chosen shade.
8. Display pictures and accecories on your paneling
Don't think that you need to leave your paneling bare. You can still use a paneled wall as a blank canvas to show off a gallery wall.
From picture frames, to tapestries and decorative lighting, position them carefully either between or on top of your panels. This makes for a feature wall that's full to the brim of interest, texture, and depth.
9. Create a shelf with low level panelling
Paneling at dado height brings a perfect opportunity to embed extra storage.
Position a shelf above your paneling and paint it, along with the wall, in the same color for a cohesive look. Decorate with trailing plants and treasured items for a striking bedroom shelf.
Originally published on Real Homes
From contemporary design to traditional style bedroom wall paneling, add character, charm and depth with these stylish ideas