Wall paneling has been in vogue since the colonial days. Back then, it was used to layer the walls that were not plastered, with panels made mostly from wood. These panels served as protection against water and cold winds. Today’s wall panels have come a long way from the mid-century installations. With the availability of eco-friendly materials replacing woods, they now come with a wide range of benefits, including low-maintenance, easy installations, moisture and fire resistance, and durability. They can add an instant old-world charm while retaining a superb contemporary appeal. They are available in a wide range of moldings to suit all your rooms spanning the bathroom, kitchen, dining, a partition wall and of course, the living room. If you are still new to the idea of paneling or are rather contemplating on getting it done in your living space, here are some ideas and tips on how to go about it.
Bathroom tiles are passe, panels are in
Paneling is an artistic way to make your bathroom appear victorian as compared to the glossy tiles. It can help you blend it with the rest of the house and also hide pipework. Panels made from fibre cement sheet can also be used to build secret cupboards, candle bases or even full doors to en suites as they are fire and water-resistant. A subtly painted panel can add peace to your bathroom.
Add charm to your bedroom
Bed boards are a timeless piece of furniture to complement your bed. A bed board made from fibre cement board resembling strips of wood never fails to impress. You can even add fittings and hangers-on your bed boards for hanging bedside wall decors without drilling holes in the actual wall.
Cover it all, top to bottom
There are various ways in which you can add panels to your kitchen walls. One of the most popular ways is to add a ‘floor-to-ceiling’ paneling. You can cover the entire wall with vertical or horizontal accents – bringing outdoors in. Use rustic and pastel colors to retain the old world charm. If your kitchen space is not too wide, you might as well consider paneling the ceiling which looks like a wooden roof and also acts a sound absorbent. You can go one step ahead and use fibre cement sheet as a false ceiling boards too.
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Tongue & groove panels
Whitewashed panels remind of seaside beach huts. A series of thin panels crisscrossing over the walls and ceiling give the room a pastoral appeal that can be easily maintained with just a hand of paint. It also disperses the light well scattering it around a room.
Limited wall paneling
When paneling only half the surface, usually from the bottom up, make sure you paint the panels in pale shades such as grey or white keeping them slightly darker, but not contrasting, to the wall color. Make any wirework or pipework blend in by painting in the same shade as the panel. Run the panels only a third of the way up the wall to make a ceiling seem higher.
Make a feature wall
You can make a feature wall in any of your rooms but most preferably the kitchen. You can use this paneling wall as a backdrop to the shelves. You can place decorative crockery and ceramic kitchen items on the shelf such as jars, cups, metal vessels, photo frames or a flower vase – everything looks fantastic!
Impersonate elements of nature
Fibre cement wall panels have an upper hand in paneling as they come with digital printing options where you can mimic various textures using a hyperreal print of the material such as wood, marble, metal, ceramic, etc.
Besides looking fabulous, wall paneling is a great way to fix older walls in a deprived condition and add a profound effect to your interiors. Use EcoPro Fibre Cement Boards to add decorative panels to your interiors today!