New Ways With Timber

If you think timber is just for floorboards, then think again. Walls and ceilings are taking timber to whole new heights. Shaynna Blaze shows us how.

Does the idea of timber wall and ceiling paneling give you flashbacks to 1970s decor? Or do you shudder at the image of the ‘Scandinavian ‘sauna’ look of floor to ceiling paneling being used anywhere other than an actual sauna?

Well don’t despair, as timber wall and ceiling paneling is back in a whole new and exciting way. The looks you can create range from modern and stylish, to a rustic, textured, industrial look. All while adding warmth and a natural element to a room.

Timber wall panels can separate different areas in a large open plan space. It provides a contrast to painted walls, adds interest and gives each area it’s own identity. In this case (above) they have also used panels on the ceiling to break up the large expanse of white. Being a natural material it’s OK to use different types of timber as they still work together beautifully, even with timber furniture.\

When it comes to ceilings, timber can be used effectively as a decorative feature that can have an almost sculptural affect. Take this dining room for example.

The six panels that frame each downlight create a real architectural feature that adds interest and warmth to this otherwise neutral space. The shape of the timber panels mirrors the timber table frame and along with the exposed concrete beam it’s a great way to introduce some raw and natural materials into the home.

Timber paneling is commonly used in commercial spaces like offices and restaurants for acoustic reasons. This same principle can also be used in the home for theater rooms or in areas where a little extra soundproofing is needed.

 If you like modern lines then something like these EuroBLade wall and ceiling panels from Europanel will create spaces that sound as good as they look. Either just use them as a decorative feature or add the option of a thin fireproof soundmesh acoustic lining fabric. This replaces the old traditional bulky materials used and has been engineered to maximise sound absorption.

If making ‘greener’ living choices is important to you then use Western Red Cedar because it’s a sustainable building material that has a zero carbon footprint.

If timber paneling is beyond your budget then it’s always possible to cheat a little. Why not create a feature wall with wallpaper that looks like timber paneling?

t’s a quick and easy way to transform a room especially if you like a rustic or industrial look. Keep furniture pared back so the wall really stands out as the feature. 

Take the plunge and see how timber can transform your home.

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