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Where to Start with Wall Panelling?

Where to Start with Wall Panelling?

Panel shape usually reflects the shape of the room. For example, a living room may have longer and wider rectangles, whereas a hallway or porch would usually have squares or taller panels. Below are the 4 main types of panelling you can create with the panel mouldings, but from there, the options are infinite, and the choices endless!


Where to Start with Wall Panelling?

A Simple Dado System

A simple dado system is one of the most popular styles that we see used, mostly in homes built in the Edwardian and Victorian era. It consists of a tall skirting board, a high running dado rail, (approx. 900 to even 1200mm above ground floor!), as well as a picture rail at the top of the room, usually 200 to 400mm below a larger than usual cornice.

In more modern times, the cornice of the early last century is now eclipsed by more cost effective C-Shaped coving, but its spirit lives on in the Premier Cornice 11, Premier Cornice 73 and Premier Cornice 70.

Simple dado rail systems are classic, and for good reason, too – they’re a truly timeless design.


Where to Start with Wall Panelling?London Panelling

London panelling is inspired by the refined, and formal nature of the gentlemen’s clubs of 1890’s Britain.

It features large panels above and below a large dado rail. Dado rails were historically used for the purpose of protecting the papered and painted walls from the bumps of chair backs. Over a century later, they make a comeback as a decorative feature, to add style to your home.

Now you can create your undivided and exclusive retreat, with panel mouldings. An often combined pair is our Premier Railing 2 for the wall panels and Premier Railing 6 for the dado railing, since they share the same shape.

Generally, dado rail is run no higher than a third of the way up the wall, but as a useful tip to make the room look bigger, if you run the dado rail slightly lower than usual, this can make the room look larger and taller!


French Panelling

French panelling. Panelling reached its zenith in the early Georgian era, notably in France, where palaces were finished to the greatest level of decadence imaginable.

Following the French revolution in 1789, advancements in accuracy of construction, architecture and design were made. The mathematical perfection from the outside was echoed through to the inside, as panelling became less embellished and elaborate, looking more to concise, repeated squares as the Georgian era came to a close.

To create your French style panelling, we recommend using a rule of three – The largest panel being three times the size of the medium sized panel, and the medium panel being three times the size of the smallest panel.

In keeping with the idea around defined order, symmetry, and meticulous precision, we suggest using a symmetrical profile like our Classic Railing 1, or Classic Railing 3. As the panelling is the main feature, you’d only need a relatively simple cornice and skirting board to team it with, too.

Your French panelling will astonish all.


Contemporary Panelling

Contemporary panelling. As panelling makes its anticipated comeback, we’re seeing a new take on it, as smaller panels can be set within larger panels. Offering greater detail, it’s an excellent way to transform a boring room to busy one.

Try using the Classic Railing 16 as a starting point, with the Classic Railing 18 as a smaller railing to accentuate the panels.

If using a smaller panel moulding within, try using a smaller skirting board that’s only slightly larger than the dado rail.

Other options can be used, but as there’s no set right or wrong way to design panelling, it’s down to what you like best and what works with the room.

If you’d like to know more, please drop us an email or give us a call, we’re here to help!

Panel shape usually reflects the shape of the room. For example, a living room may have longer and wider rectangles, whereas a hallway or porch would usually have squares or taller panels. Below are the 4 main types of panelling you can create with the panel mouldings, but from there, the options are infinite, and the choices endless!