Why Decorative Timber Panelling Is Making A Comeback!

Why Decorative Timber Panelling Is Making A Comeback!

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March 3, 2022

Decorative timber panelling is making a comeback!

Many people think of timber panelling from the 80’s, where many houses were built with timber lining the walls and ceilings of almost every room in the house!  

However, decorative timber panelling is making a comeback, as it brings texture, warmth and a natural appeal to a home. Not only that, it’s a great way to create a subtle feature wall, add character to a new build or even disguise problem areas!

Designers and architects are using decorative timber panelling in a lot of builds and renovations we’ve done recently, so we thought we would explore exactly why it’s so popular right now and how best to incorporate them within your home!


One of the reasons vertical join timber panelling seems to be so popular is due to its versatility.  It suits an array of architectural styles, from country to coastal homes, and can lend itself to many different applications.


Timber panelling is highly economical and is easily applied to any flat service. The vertical lines give modern, and heritage homes the appearance of added height, helping elongate walls and are also a great way of bringing together different areas within an open-plan home.  Think of it as visual connection tool, for example connecting a timber hallway to another space within the home.

What’s trending

There are many different species that can be used for decorative timber panelling, however at the moment, raw timber species such as pine with a natural patina or Tasmania oak are popular.  There’s also the option to stain the timber, whether that’s with a white-wash, teak or Black Japan.

Where can you use them?

This goes back to the first point of versatility. They can be used in a multitude of locations within a home. For example, they can be used to conceal secret doors (to the wine cellar, perhaps?!) or used on ceilings as a low maintenance finish that provides warmth to a space.

What materials work best with them?

As a relatively neutral material, decorative timber panelling can work with many materials, however they do tend to go hand in hand with industrial type materials such as exposed brick, concrete floors and black aluminium window frames.

All in all, decorative timber panelling can make a statement, give architectural depth and warmth to a home.  Perhaps consider timber panelling if you’re looking to start a new build or renovate your current home!

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