DIY wall panelling

I get loads and loads of ideas from Instagram and if I get stuck with what to do with one of my own rooms it is often a place I can find inspiration. I have been struggling to know how to finish off my spare room as it is such a small room with no space for a bedside table and the bed itself is a very small one with no headboard. It looks plain and unfinished as it is so I decided it needed a wall light above the bed and I started searching Instagram for examples of my favourite Le Klint scissor lamp and I found this:

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Not only do I love the lamp but look at that panelling! I was suddenly struck that an ideal way to add interest to the little single bed in our spare room would be some panelling. What do you think?

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I’ve always LOVED tongue and groove panelling but wood is expensive and it’s quite a lot of work to install so I got put off. And then I saw this very clever lady pull this DIY panelling off whilst her kids were at home on an INSET day!

It had never occurred to me that I could achieve this myself with just a few batons of wood and adhesive (check out Grace’s highlights to see how she did it). I have to say that I have never been mad keen on panelling, especially when added to new-builds, as it can look out of place or a bit fussy and pretentious. However, I really like the simplicity of these long panels like you can see here in Katy’s extended 30’s house:

I would really love to add some simple panelling to our spare room in due course (remember I am on a self-imposed ban on spending money inside our house this year as we focus on the outside!). I think it’s a great way to add interest and texture without spending too much money and by using different paint finishes you could create all sorts of different looks and effects. Adding in shelves and peg hooks is also a great idea as well as being practical. What do you think?

Katy x



  1. 29th April 2020 / 12:21 pm

    Hi Katy, without side tables I think whatever you choose include some alternative for bedside necessities and decoration. I’ve tried a couple of things in the past, which add interest behind a bed. I have a blog and whilst I don’t normally like to refer too much to my own blog in comments for other people, it is easiest way for me to share the visuals. Feel free not to publish the comment – I was writing it more to share with you.

    In our previous house, despite having bedsides, I did a wallpaper panel, hung bedside lights from the ceiling and in another area of the room, I hung candle lanterns.

    Another thing I tried in the smallest bedroom was using paint to add interest. It was my son’s room first and then it became my workroom. My son had a painted cosy corner and then I lightened it and extended it when it became my workroom.

    Having shared those ideas, I never feel comfortable leaning back on a wall. I’ve seen some great examples of panelling that has been built out from the wall so it creates a shelf. It is more complicated but seems to ‘look’ right, if you know what I mean. Anyways, good luck. I’m off to do a final coat of pink paint on a ceiling, which is something I never thought I would say let alone do, but it just seemed the ‘right’ thing to do 😉

  2. Longdenlife
    29th April 2020 / 4:18 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of DIY panelling on Instagram too and it looks great. Considering it for one of our bedrooms but haven’t decided yet!

  3. 6th May 2020 / 8:00 am

    This really looks beautiful, I love it.

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