Tim­ber boards and pan­elling are easy to in­stall, can be used in­doors or out and will com­ple­ment any style of home.

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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.


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.

Beachy look

White, hor­i­zon­tal V-groove walls have a clean and crisp feel that suits Hamp­ton­sand coastal-style spa­ces.

Laid-back style

The out­side of Leonie’s home has a tra­di­tional weath­er­board look, which gives it a ca­sual feel.

Lined up

The boards lin­ing this ve­ran­dah make an eye­catch­ing fea­ture that echoes the deck­ing be­low.

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