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Wall Panelling Styles | Homeowner Tips 2023

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Wall panelling has always been a favoured interior design style in Ireland, but over the last 24 months, it made a comeback to popularity in a big way. It peaked last year when wall panelling styles became the most searched “interior design” product of the year. 

In this article, we will look at the different types of wall panelling styles and advice on how they can be used.

Types of wall panelling

There are several types of styles to consider before panelling your home. Although wall panelling can be bought and installed yourself, this is not advisable. As with any type of carpentry or joinery for the optimum result always contact a professional, not only will you receive a much better finish, but they can also advise you on what style and colours will look best in your living space.

Modern wall panelling in a contemporary lounge with large glass windows, sofas and coffe table

Modern Wall Panelling

According to hardware giant B & Q modern wall panelling was the most sold style of 2023. The combination of contrasting colours in this design is widely favoured for hallways, as it serves a dual purpose of safeguarding walls from scuffs while maintaining a subtle presence that doesn’t overwhelm the room. 

By opting for a darker shade on the lower half and a vibrant, light tone on the upper half, the hallway becomes visually expansive, creating the illusion of more space. For those aiming to achieve a contemporary and stylish look, we suggest painting the panelling in a serene green shade and incorporating complementary green accessories throughout the area.

Shaker Style

Shaker-style panelling also referred to as board and batten, is undeniably one of the most sought-after choices for wall panelling projects. With its classic square design, it introduces a captivating three-dimensional element to your room, instantly generating a warm and inviting atmosphere. 

This particular style of panelling is frequently utilised in bedrooms, serving as an exceptional feature wall behind a headboard. To create a striking contrast wall in your bedroom, we recommend opting for a rich navy blue paint, adding a touch of visual allure to your space.

victorian style wall panelling in an empty vicotrian style building

Victorian Style Wall Panelling

Inspired by colonial houses, this timeless style of panelling captures the essence of tradition. It features a charming arrangement of wide and narrow panels that can span either half the height or the entire length of the wall. For a truly majestic ambience, we suggest embracing floor-to-ceiling panelling. 

While Victorian panelling manifests in diverse forms, achieving a regal design is best accomplished with this expansive approach. When it comes to colour choices, pale greys and blues are the most traditional and complementary pairings for Victorian panelling, imparting an elegant and refined aesthetic.

shiplap wall panelling around a bath

Shiplap Wall Panelling

Shiplap wall panelling was originally used on the interior of boats, following that builders used it to protect the interior of houses against dampness and to offer some soundproofing. Crafted with grooves carved into the top and bottom of each panel, shiplap panelling was originally designed to create a secure, watertight seal, preventing water from seeping through. While it continues to be manufactured similarly, shiplap panelling has transitioned into a primarily decorative element, commonly found in nautical-themed bathrooms. Its distinctive appearance adds a touch of coastal charm, enhancing the overall ambience of the space.

Image of slatted wall panelling in a modern lounge with sofas and a living room table

Slatted Wall Panelling

Slatted wall panelling, also known as Slatwall or slotted wall panelling, is a versatile and customisable wall system commonly used in retail stores, exhibitions, and residential spaces. It consists of vertical panels with horizontal slats or slots evenly spaced across the surface.

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Wainscotting also known as wall panelling, is a superb addition to elevate your interior design. At Brightstar, we offer a variety of panelling options to suit your preferences. 

Whether you want to cover all areas in your home or focus on a single wall in a room, our wainscoting solutions provide a touch of elegance.

Our wainscoting is crafted from highly durable materials, ensuring long-lasting quality. Here are a few ways you can incorporate wainscoting into your interior design to create a significant impact.


The hallway serves as the initial impression of your house. By incorporating wainscoting, you can achieve a visually clean and luxurious ambience. Despite its traditional appeal, wainscoting is a modern and sophisticated choice. Opting for white-toned panels allows for flexibility in selecting complementary colours and textures for the remaining walls.


Wainscoting adds a stunning element to staircase decor. The staircase itself exudes character, thanks to high-quality, long-lasting wood and intricate baluster designs. Introducing wainscoting further enhances the staircase’s charm, creating a visually striking focal point. Consider pairing wainscoting with wall artwork or a contrasting wood handrail for a captivating combination.

Elevate your interior design with the timeless beauty of wainscoting panelling. Our company offers a range of options that blend durability with elegance, providing a sophisticated touch to your home.

Living Rooms

Transform the visual space of your living room by incorporating wainscoting panelling on a single wall. Our panelling selection includes elegant Beadboard panels that visually heighten the walls. The charming cottage pattern of the panels adds a touch of country-style cosiness to the room, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Kids Rooms

Give your kids’ room a fresh and organised look by decorating it with wainscoting panelling. Experiment with panel heights and playful patterned wallpapers or simply paint the walls and pair them with standard-height wainscoting. This elegant approach will elevate the room’s aesthetics while maintaining a tidy and vibrant environment.


Add grace and allure to your bathroom decor with wainscoting. This is particularly effective if you have a bathtub adorned with elaborately decorated feet. Enhance functionality by incorporating a plate rail into a wall panel, offering convenient access to bathroom essentials while maintaining a stylish and cohesive design.

Discover the timeless elegance of wainscoting panelling and elevate the ambience of your living spaces. Our wide range of options allows you to create a personalised and sophisticated look that complements your unique style.

Wall Paneling Price

As with an interior design project pricing comes down to the size, scope and style of the area you wish to panel. Wall panelling comes in a variety of styles, but these styles can all be achieved using different woods and levels of detail.

To get a more detailed price, why not contact our experienced team for a no-obligation quote?

Best Wall Panelling Style?

In our opinion there is no one style which is better than the others,  the type of panelling you should choose all depends on personal preference, space budget and home type. If you are unsure about what kind of panelling style and colours would work best for you then contact our experienced team for a free design consultation and recommendation.  

Wall Panelling Dublin

At Bright Star, we take immense pride in our exceptional craftsmanship and the outstanding team we have assembled. Our team comprises some of the most skilled craftsmen in Ireland, enabling us to undertake projects of any scale while meeting our customers’ specified timelines.

Our specialisation lies in the production of custom-made wall panelling, TV units, radiator covers, bespoke furniture, fittings, and cabinets. In addition, we offer a wide range of general carpentry services to cater to the diverse requirements of our customers.

We are dedicated to delivering high-quality, tailored solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations. With our expertise and commitment to excellence, we strive to bring your vision to life and create stunning, functional spaces that you can be proud of.

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