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Decorating Trend 2021: Wall Panelling

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The decorating experts at MJ Burt explore how panelling can be used in a variety of ways to complement both traditional and modern homes. 

Add character and style and cover uneven walls    

You may be thinking that panelling is best left as a 70s and 80s fad but, trust us, it’s having a resurgence! Like any design feature, when done correctly, it can have a real impact with true style longevity.

Modern panelling

If you’re looking to update a featureless room, panelling is a great way to add character either with a traditional style or a modern twist. 

Add Victorian-style panelling for a traditional, luxurious twist to your modern décor. This style really works best in a Victorian home, however, done correctly and with care not to be too cliché, it can add some real grandeur to a hallway, dining room or living room.

Panelling as an alternative to tiles

Won’t the wood absorb water and get distorted? Answer: not if you use the correct materials! Panelling can be made with moisture resistant MDF sheeting. It’s also great for boxing in unsightly pipework!

Bathroom panelling

Here, a rectangular grid effect and dado rail have accentuated the traditional bathroom fixtures and fittings. Light paint tones have created a calming place to relax and unwind.

Vertical bathroom panelling

Here, simple vertical strips of panel board have been used to protect the lower half of the space. 

Panelling with a modern twist

Why should panelling have to be traditional? Does it even have to have straight lines?

There are so many ways of using panelling to make a real statement in your home. It can be used to complement or even replace wall art. 

Diagonal designs offer a creative take on panelling. When coupled with rich, dark colours, panelling that utilises geometric patterns will create a bold statement feature wall that could be perfect as an alternative to a headboard in a bedroom, or the finishing touch in a modern living room.

Chevron panelling

This design is simple yet effective. This chevron effect looks great on its own, but some statement prints or pieces of art would complement the panelling nicely.  

Panelling as a room divider

While large open spaces are the modern way of living, it’s also nice to create cosy spaces in your home. Think cosy reading nooks or zoned children’s play areas (having a dedicated space to tuck away toys is always a win!). A panelled room divider is a great choice for bedrooms, if you want to create a separate dressing area without completely separating off the room. The divider could even double up as a panelled headboard, for a versatile and functional option that looks seriously stylish.


At M J Burt Property Maintenance Ltd, we offer an array of property renovation and decorating services. Our experienced team are ready to tackle projects big and small, from residential homes to large blocks of flats and commercial premises. 

To find out more about our services, please get in touch on 01202 681955.  

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