You wouldn't know this chic bedroom wall panelling makeover cost less than £100

Take your room from bland to grand with this simple cost-saving DIY project

bedroom makeover with pink wall panelling and cushions
(Image credit: / Luke Watkins)

Whether you're looking for small bedroom ideas or need some inspiration to elevate a plain space, decorative walls are a great solution – and this owner created his luxurious bedroom wall panelling idea for under £100.

‘According to Checkatrade, the average cost of wall panelling with a professional is over £200,' says Tom Church, co-founder of That's why taking it on as a DIY project could be the answer if you're looking to spend less – plus you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you did in fact 'do it yourself'.

Bedroom wall panelling

Luke Watkins from South Wales, who works in marketing and posts YouTube videos at Project Real Home, shared his budget hack for making wall panels at home using paint and MDF.  

‘I got this idea when looking for inspiration on sites such as Pinterest and Instagram,' he says. ‘My girlfriend and I wanted to use a neutral colour palette in our master bedroom and looked for a way to incorporate this into the room without just painting the entire wall. When we saw wall panels online, we knew that we wanted to create something like this for ourselves.'


before of an empty room with pink curtains

(Image credit: / Luke Watkins)

Previously, the room was painted all one colour, and desperately needed an update. The couple were keen to add some interest and wall panelling seemed the best solution – but how did Luke manage to do it for under £100?


bedroom makeover with pink wall panelling and cushions

(Image credit: / Luke Watkins)

The new-look bedroom has a soft, neutral palette with white, taupe and blush pink colours used to create a serene and tranquil sleep space. 'We decided to take the panels about two-thirds up the wall to leave some white space around it in order to brighten up the room,' says Luke.

His first step was a trip to B&Q, where he colour-matched a Valspar paint to Farrow & Ball's London Stone shade for £27, before picking up some No More Nails glue, wood filler and primer. Next was a stop at Homebase for two packs of six 10cm x 120cm MDF boards, with all the materials coming it at just under £100.

‘I started the project by measuring up,' says Luke. 'Then I cut the boards to the length I wanted, ensuring they went two-thirds of the way up the wall as I wanted. Then I glued the boards to the wall using No More Nails, along with a spirit level to ensure each board was sitting straight as I attached it. I used caulking to fill in the gaps between the boards and the wall, then covered the parts of the wall I didn’t want painted with Frog Tape®, such as the skirting boards and the wall above the panelling.'

bed with cushions and pink wall panelling

(Image credit: / Luke Watkins)

Priming the panelling was next up on Luke's job list, before he painted it in his chosen colour. 'I needed two coats of paint for the coverage to be good,' he says, 'but cutting the boards to the correct length was the biggest challenge during this project. Luckily I have a circular saw which made it much easier to get a perfect cut on the MDF boards.'

bedroom makeover with bed and bedside unit

(Image credit: / Luke Watkins)

Fresh white bedding, on-trend blush cushions and shapely bedside lamps completed the bedroom makeover, which Luke and his girlfriend can now enjoy ‘We're really happy with how much better the room looks, especially once we added the bed back in and some decorative accessories,’ he says.

We think the pair have done a fantastic job creating a luxurious scheme to be proud of.

Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at