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All about Wall paneling

Wall paneling

All about Wall paneling

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Wall paneling is a great addition to any home because of the wide range of styles and finishes available.

Various applications of Wall paneling

So many reasons exist for wall paneling to be installed. Besides being visually appealing, it has several practical advantages. In high-traffic locations, such as stairwells and hallways, it can be utilized to hide uneven or ugly surfaces and offer a durable wall covering.

Paneling can also serve as a handy shelf or railing and a more visually appealing method of encasing services like water and electricity. It can be a viable alternative to tiles, even in wet areas like your bathroom or kitchen.


Choose your style

Consider the style of your interior and the architectural period of the building before making a decision about paneling. Traditional homes with intricate moldings and moldings, like this one, will look great with paneling from the Victorian or Georgian era. Alternatively, you may use Shaker paneling for a more refined design.

With panels equally spaced apart and the width varying according to the length of each wall, a uniform appearance is achieved.


Explore different materials and finishes

The most common finish for interior paneling is a painted one. The panel rails and backing boards should be made of moisture-resistant MDF. A painted finish allows you a lot of flexibility since you may completely change the piece’s look by using different colors. For a more subtle effect, match the panels to the color of the walls, or go all out with striking contrast. It’s also possible to install paneling in high-moisture places like bathrooms using alternate materials.

Natural wood paneling is, of course, still an attractive alternative. Floor-to-ceiling oak paneling may nevertheless appear light and airy, thanks to the beautiful wood paneling in this foyer.


Measure up your walls

Your contractor or carpenter can measure how much paneling is required now that you know exactly where it will go.

Depending on the type of paneling you’re looking for, and how it’s marketed, the method of measuring will differ. If it’s just a square meterage, divide the area into rectangular portions, calculate the measurements of each segment, then add them together and add 10% for waste.


Consider the plumbing and electrical requirements

The use of wall paneling to hide services like pipes and toilet cisterns is both practical and visually appealing. Your contractor should verify that there is enough room behind the paneling and create the frame using stud work and potentially an additional substrate, such as plywood or MDF, depending on the type of paneling. In the future, service and maintenance may be performed more easily with the addition of an access panel.


Check the condition of the wall

Uneven or unsightly walls can be easily disguised with wall panels, as I noted previously. Your builder may be required to add wooden battens to an area of your wall if it is extremely uneven.

An additional layer of plywood or MDF can be attached to the battens to create a flat, smooth surface for working with. So-called “dry lining.”

It’s also good to check for any dampness, blown plaster, or flaking on the surface.


Fix your panels

For the most part, the type of paneling you’re using dictates how it should be attached to the wall.

When gluing, the panels are held together with pins while the glue dries, which is the most popular and widely used method.


Paint your panels

Choosing a paint color for your newly installed wall paneling is as simple as picking one that complements the rest of your decor.

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