DO IT: PANELLING
Timber boards and panelling are easy to install, can be used indoors or out and will complement any style of home.
THINK BEYOND PAINT and look to timber panelling to add another dimension to your walls, ceiling and home exterior. It’s commonly installed with the joins running vertically or horizontally, but it’s also possible to install boards diagonally.
As well as actual boards, which are installed individually, V-groove panels are also an option – they’re basically large sheets of timber or
MDF etched with V-shaped grooves. Boards and panels come in a variety of styles, and can be raw, pre-primed or finished. The types of joins used are just as varied and this means that pricing can vary greatly, so there’s a board or panel to suit every project and budget!
Try it Often used in spaces with high-ceilings, vertical joint panels are a common feature of old Queenslanders. Angled ceilings look great when finished with panelling and dado and picture rails can complete the look also. For a modern twist, use them as a stylish wainscoting feature – in the bedroom it can even become a built-in bedhead of sorts.
Try it Make a room seem wider and add interest to a simple contemporary space with horizontal wall panelling. Diagonal panelling can have a retro look and often features polished timber or timber veneer – a chevron design is also possible and creates a stunning feature.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE
Try it You can also create a more classic look for your home by cladding the outside with specially prepared panels designed to withstand exposure to the elements. This also makes them suitable for outdoor rooms as an easy-care finish with a smooth texture. On building exteriors, vertical panels combine well with other materials and finishes, such as corrugated iron, brick and concrete, for a contemporary look across wide expanses of wall.
PLAIN & SIMPLE Selex pine lining board (4.8m x 14cm x 12mm), $7.15, from Bunnings. READY TO GO Selex pine primed lining board (2.4m x 14cm x 12mm), $9.96, from Bunnings.
Make a statement
Leonie has used bright colours and contrasting white trim to draw attention to the panelling in her home.
REAL THING Tasmanian Oak V-joint lining board (13.7cm x 12mm), $10.66 per linear m, from Bunnings.
Up and over Extend your panelling to the ceiling for a cohesive look.
CHEVRON STYLE Herringbone wall panels (2.4m x 9cm x 9mm) in Distressed White, $7.80 per linear m, from Glosswood.
White, horizontal V-groove walls have a clean and crisp feel that suits Hamptonsand coastal-style spaces.
The outside of Leonie’s home has a traditional weatherboard look, which gives it a casual feel.
The boards lining this verandah make an eyecatching feature that echoes the decking below.