Hello louisep2012 we recently paneled our daughters room, painted in Elephants Breath, our house is 10 yrs old, and totally characterless. based on this success I've managed to talk my husband into paneling our huge long featureless lounge, skimming stone this time and white slated blinds can't wait to get started
Lol yes a bit obsessed with panelling at the moment. Mags use it in their shots but don't feature how to add it to your own.
We used 6mm x 100mm strips of moisture resistant MDF and sealed it both sides (MDF sealer)
To decide the best height for the room I created strips of paper which I stuck to the walls and moved it around to get the overall effect.
We attached using glue and nail gun, starting above skirting around the room base and then added top rail we placed at 1570mm so overall height 1670mm, we added a 12mm x 60mm shelf all around using a simple moulding underneath to support the shelf.
We added 6mm x 100mm strips at reg intervals around the room to create the panelled effect we also continued into the window reveal to (no shelf)
We then sanded primed and filled the holes and painted with a roller - its possible you'd save some repeated painting time by giving the walls a coat before you added the MDF but that's a personal choice. We painted the window sill and rad to blend in too
When we do this again where using 9mm x 100mm MDF as the 6mm is slightly too subtle for a larger space and no shelf this time, will finish with a moulding
We think it looks great and adds the character we wanted, my husband was stunned it turned out as well as it did, the room is coved too so that helps create a softer look.
For the lounge were going to a height of 1490 inc skirting to allow for bigger pictures to hang hopefully by mid June I'll have further photos to show if you'd like to see them of this project.
Hope this helps, the room was finished as a weekend project, as it comes together really quickly.
There are panelling comp scumble goosie has its own but i found it expensive and worked it out for myself
Put in lots of things that were made years ago such as antique rugs, vintage pottery, and lots of hand crafted stuff. Avoid shiny surfaces and go for patina instead.
Spent the last few days on it panelling looks brilliant just finished paintings it and starting to putting everything back in, painted in soft truffle LA and elegant cream C&R decided on teal to contrast with. Looks and feels warm and calm. Love harlequin wallpaper liking boutique and Cole & son rajapur at the moment - good luck
Textures and unique fabrics . Add artwork .We had a boring fireplace (orange varnish) but you can replace or paint them . Interesting mirrors and large shapely pots ?
To balance hard modern lines and surfaces I agree that anything that adds 'life' to the room is good i.e. anything colourful, organic, or that reflects individual character. So I would go with some wooden items and/ or a wooden floor, plants to bring life, colourful or interesting textures in the soft furnishings. You don't have to go all out with colourful furniture. You can use cushions and rugs for this and the best thing is they can be changed fairly easily if you fancy a new look at a later stage. Original artwork (painting or sculpture) or interesting lamps are great if you can afford. Photos and books (!) bring personality and show that real people do live here. My rule of thumb is that you don't want your home to look like a showhouse. You want it to have life and to reflect your personality. You don't have to go all crazy cat-lady with loads of kooky clutter but a few elements to break up the monotony will really help.
Stellahome, your house looks lovely btw! I also love the idea of using interesting or asymmetrical bookcases. You could get a carpenter to knock up something interesting or better yet, do it yourself if you have the skills.
Louise. My kitchen has been magnolia since before I moved in 10 years ago. Got up this morning and for the first time thought Ugh and painted it white. I just hadn't realised before that I didn't like it. The rest of the house is white.
New building are ideal for wall decoration by abstract art. It will give personality of its own and will be centre point for conversation.
I would suggest buying things with character and personality like furniture, accessories and art that you don't find in john lewis, but rather online, at fairs etc.
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I would paint it with warm colours and put some plants around. I would go for natural wood furnitures, some natural carpet if its needed and good artwork on the wall and would keep it as minimal as possible.
Angelaew I would recommend to make 3d rendering of your house with all your ideas. It is the best way to visualize the changes before you make decisions. if you were interested i could help you with that please drop me a line: email@example.com
Good quality curtains, rug, warm lighting and if possible a fireplace