Statement wooden walls

Go overboard with timber cladding for a fresh modern look..

Sure, we’ve been panelling our walls with wood for centuries, but there are plenty of interesting new takes on this traditional technique and the choice of styles and types of timber is wider than ever. Wooden panels can work in any room – and can transform the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, hallway, living and dining areas . And who said it’s just for walls (or floors), what about the ceiling too? Cladding the ‘fifth’ wall in timber will add another dimension to a new-build that lacks character.

Forget 70s sauna-style pine though, the latest looks include clever architectural effects and reinterpretations of ancient practices. Dark and dramatic period detailing and classic Cape Cod clapperboard planks, get a cool update too.

Today’s hippest designers are stepping up the style stakes by leaving the material exposed. This makes a feature out of its texture and colour – you can either work a sleek, Scandi look with pale boards, or go for texture to do the modern, rustic thing. Reclaimed timber is inexpensive and abundant, (not to mention eco-friendly), but if the real deal isn’t an option, investigate wood-effect wallpapers, such as scrapwood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek.

Go for horizontal boards to make your room look wider, experiment with bleached, stained, waxed, oiled or distressed finishes that enhance the grain – or consider super-thin or extra-wide panels to shake things up and make a fabulous feature. Wood always adds warmth, so it works well with harder materials like concrete or porcelain tiles. But don’t be afraid to use it with other types of timber on the floor. Just choose complementary tones, different plank widths or paint one or the other to break it up.

Period property, urban apartment or rural retreat, peruse our pick of wonderful wood walls and find a style to suit your space.

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