WOODEN PANELLING FOR YOUR HOME
I often get asked the question, "What should I do with my blank walls?" Plain, empty walls can be a real challenge for people to dress, and a vast white space is often quite intimidating. Of course, all of the usual options apply, from wallpaper to gallery walls to unusual art work. But there is one type of wall covering which screams english country home, and that is wooden panelling, beadboard or wainscoting.
Usually stretching to a height of about a third of the room, panelling can be painted in a complementary colour to the wallpaper or paint above the dado rail. There are several different styles of wooden panelling; I'm going to give you a quick tour of the options. All of these are from the English Panelling Company:
Jacobean architecture dates back to the reign of James I, way back in 1603. Who would have thought that a design popularised then would still be adorning our walls today? This panelling features large square panels, and each board can be stacked on top of each other so that you can vary the height of the panelling.
The panelling above replicates Georgian style (1714-1830). It mimics the tongue and groove style of panelling with vertical lines and a decorative dado at the top. Apparently the groove was designed to allow for expansion and shrinking in the dry heat of an open fire back in days gone by, wouldn't you know. It's often used in kitchens and bathrooms: it looks gorgeous in this traditional style bathroom below. Love that roll top bath... now where have I seen those before?
Regency panelling is made of larger panels, which are inset into wide mouldings, spaced evenly apart. For those of us not in the know, Regency is a type of British architecture dating back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is quite ornate in style, drawing inspiration from Greek architecture. I really like it because it adds a real elegance to a room.
The Victorian era (1827-1901) panelling is very formal, and far more fussy than the Georgian example, typical of architecture at the time. Because the panels are smaller, this type of panelling would work best in a small room. Used in a larger room, the scale could look out of place and be too busy on the eye.
This panelling mimics the style of the Edwardian period, from 1901-1910. Less fussy than its Victorian predecessor, the Edwardian panelling has a more simple, uncluttered look. The tall panels give a room the feel of a taller space. Because of its clean lines, it looks good in a more contemporary space too: perfect for your modern country home.
So, there you have it. Next time you are wondering about how you can dress a bare wall, why not try some panelling to create a timeless, classic look?
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