Wall panelling is the ideal way to add impactful style and texture to a plain room or hide imperfections on the walls.
Wondering about what the whole wall panelling concept is all about? Well, we have you covered! Here’s all you need to know about wall panelling, the materials used and the cost. We have also included the trendiest wall panelling ideas for your home!
What is Wall Panelling?
Traditionally, wall panels were used as insulation between stone walls and the room. Today, wall panelling is installed to add an aesthetic appeal to a room. Along with all the appeal, it also prevents wall damage, hides unsightly electrical cables and provides structural support.
Wall panelling can be installed in two ways:
- By screwing panels onto the wall. This is applicable for straight, smooth wall surfaces and lightweight panels.
- By installing a metal grid frame on the wall and then skewing the panels onto the grid.
Materials Used in Wall Panelling
The materials popularly used in the wall panellings are:
- Wooden: Wooden panels are made of planks or sheets of solid wood, engineered board, or other wood-like products. They can be designed into attractive box mouldings and batten styles to give a 3D effect.
- Wainscot: This style of wall panelling is created from wood and synthetic materials. The materials are carved into patterns and attractive designs. Wainscot is usually installed in the bottom half of the wall.
- Veneer and Laminate Panelling: These are made of durable particleboard substrate or wood veneer. They can be used for walls and ceilings.
- MDF: Made by dry pressing wood shavings at a high temperature, this material offers a durable and stylish wall panel option.
- Fabric: Fabric panels are a great idea for bedrooms and sound-proof entertainment rooms. These are wood panels padded with foam and batting and then covered with a fabric of your choice.
- Metals: Metal wall panels add a sleek statement to a modern room. Aluminium, steel and copper can make durable wall panels for your living room.
- Chipboard: This is made by hot pressing sawdust and chips. It is not as strong as wood, therefore can only be used in dry areas. However, it gives a wood-like finish.
- PVC: It is made of rigid polyvinyl chloride with a small amount of plasticiser. They are water-resistant and durable.
- Glass: It can give you sleek mirror-finished walls.