Design With Panelled Walls

Designer Richard Randall, from 60 Minute Makeover, gives us some fabulous ways to use existing panels in a room. Panels can give a grand, stately feel to a room, so rather than get rid of them in your makeover, here are some fabulous tips to making them work.

1. Use textured wallpaper

Wallpapering with bold prints can create a dramatic effect and create a real wow factor in your room.

2. Bamboo

Bamboo reeds are a highly versatile material as well as a replenishable wood material. They are an ideal creative paneling treatment as well. Then come in many thicknesses and sizes. Look for smaller reeds to use for wall paneling. Just install them directly against the wall using finishing nails starting in one corner and continuing down the wall. The only preparation step you will need to do is to cut them to the correct height for your project.

3. Faux painting

Faux painting has become the wall finish of choice in the last decade. It is inexpensive, costing only the price of paint. It is also a great project for do-it-yourselfers and can look like pieces of art on your once dull walls.

4. Fabric:

Fabric is a wonderful material that can be used to panel your walls. The simplest way to install fabric in panels is to purchase thin foam insulation boards, cut them to size and wrap them with the fabric of your choice. Make sure your pattern matches up from one panel to the next. Once your panels are completed, just affix to the wall using two sided Velcro or double stick foam tape to avoid destroying the original panel.

For more great decorating tips catch 60 Minute Makeovers on LifeStyle HOME.

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