Give panelling a modern twist with calm colours and practical finishes

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Timber wall panelling has a timeless appeal that will bring character to just about any space. Although it’s been around for centuries, wall panelling is more popular than ever right now, with new timbers, smart colour treatments and easy-to-install DIY options that make fitting it at home a breeze.

Think about practicalities

two small black and wooden side tables of different heights, one with a book on it the other with decorative branches in a pot, in front of a wall with green panelling

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As an easy way of giving featureless rooms a facelift, timber wall panelling is a brilliant option for new builds or rooms lacking in architectural details. Panelling is also a great way of covering up uneven walls, bumpy plaster and unsightly pipework, as well as providing extra insulation in chilly spaces. Paint your panelling in on-trend green – we love GoodHome Durable Kilkenny matt emulsion (£17 for 2.5l, B&Q).

To find the colour that’s perfect for your space, why not try the Valspar paint mixing service at B&Q. So whether you’re inspired by your favourite T-shirt, a record sleeve, or a stylish piece of furniture you can choose from over 2 million colours, mixed to find your perfect match.*

Set the scene

B&Q is working with a team of Changemakers to transform one of the spaces in their home, using B&Q's incredible range of interior products. B&Q is inspiring the nation to pick up their brushes and create the change they’ve always dreamed of in their homes.

For Sarah from, panelling the hallway of her home has transformed the once-plain space and given it bags more character. ‘I revamped my boring hallway by adding mid-height panelling on the walls. Gentle Shadows (Valspar V700) gives it a warm, relaxed feel that is perfect for calming a busy hallway.’

‘I wanted the lighting to feel quite luxe but low-key, so chose the glam Calume Transparent Pendant Ceiling Light (£30, B&Q) (£30, B&Q) teamed with the Harbour Studio Iris ribbed matt grey table lamp (£40, B&Q) set on the hallway console. I worked as a B&Q Changemaker to bring the scheme together, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out, it was really simple to do myself.’

Work in some wood

a living room with wooden floors divided by a room divider with a window, one side of the living room visible with a green panelled feature wall in front of a grey sofa

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Wood-toned flooring is the perfect choice to complement wall panelling, with its warm tones that will work in any scheme. Create calm in a busy zone with pale oak planks in a soft-sheen finish or go traditional in a hallway with classic herringbone. From solid timber and engineered wood to practical laminate, B&Q has a flooring that’s a natural fit.

 *Colour matching service provided by Valspar®. B&Q are unable to scan anything that’s too shiny, doesn’t provide a solid enough colour to match or is smaller than 1 inch sq

Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.