Get inspired: A beginner's guide to panelling

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Thanks to the unrivalled design of our new homes – all fitted with beautiful skylight windows and modern living design – you’ll be gifted with a completely blank canvas to carefully curate the interior-look of your dreams.

Here we take a look at one trend that is taking off among Countryside buyers, and show you how to create the stylish panelled look for yourself.

What do you look for in a house… well designed and low maintenance? Full of character? What about environmentally friendly? If the answer is ‘all of the above’, then a Countryside home could be the perfect fit.

Of course, the perfect home has to start with excellent foundations when it comes to layout and specification as only from here can you design a beautiful home that not only suits your tastes but works perfectly around your lifestyle.

One increasingly popular trend amongst our homeowners right now is faux-period. In fact, one particular trend that we’ve seen cropping up a lot on our Instagram feed lately is DIY panelling. Love the look? Well, to help get you started on your DIY panelling project, we’ve spoken to our experts to bring you these practical tips…

Step 1: Pick your panelling

Before getting started, consider your interiors and the look you want to achieve. For example, Victorian or Georgian panelling sit perfectly with ornate features and mouldings, whilst Shaker panelling creates a classic and cleaner design. Similar to Shaker, tongue-and-groove planks also work well in both traditional and contemporary spaces.

If you prefer rustic or scandinavian decor, then flat-plank wall panels would work perfectly. Flat planks are easier to use, making them ideal for beginners as they require fewer calculations and simpler fixing options. You can also apply them horizontally, vertically or on an angle.

Alternatively, fixing a series of frames directly onto the wall to emulate a panelled look is an even simpler (and budget-friendly) option. You can simply create the framework out of beading, attach it to the wall with super strong adhesive, paint over it all and voila!

Step 2: Decide on height How high would you like your panelling to go? A popular option is dado height, which is around one metre off the floor. You can even buy dado rails to fit on top of the panelling for an authentic feel. Or, if it’s dramatic interiors that you crave, then floor-to-ceiling panelling is a beautifully bold option that is sure to stand the test of time.

Whatever you decide on though, remember that ‘thirds’ are more aesthetically pleasing so try dividing the wall into a third or two thirds when considering the height of your panelling.

Step 3: Consider existing fittings

Don’t forget to take into consideration the fixtures of the room, such as sockets, light switches, wall lights and radiators. The final result will look much better if these don’t interfere with joins or panel edges, but look as if they were incorporated into the design.

Step 4: Measure up

Once you’ve settled on style and height, now is the time to measure your room. The method of measuring will simply depend on the panelling that you’ve chosen. For example, if it’s sold by square metre, then work it out as you would with tiling. However, if you’re ordering lengths of planks, then take the linear measurement along the walls and divide by the width of the board. Also, be sure to order a little extra in case of any mistakes.

Step 5: Fixing your panels

The most popular (and easiest) method for fixing panels to the walls is to use glue, with the panels held with pins until it dries. Alternatively panels can be nailed to the wall and left exposed for a truly rustic look. Once fitted, be sure to fill any holes or gaps – carefully placed wood filler should do the trick but sand smooth before painting! 

Step 6: Painting your panelling

The final step! Now that your panelling has been fitted, it’s time to paint it your perfect colour. Allow to dry, then simply step back and admire! 

Check out our Instagram for more panelling ideas and general gorgeous design inspo!