History of Wall Panelling

History of Wall Panelling

Wall panelling has been around since the Greek and Roman periods and was a part of the architecture. Now, panelling is used for decorative purposes in the home. This article looks at the history of wall panels and how it has become stylish within homes in the 21st century.

What is Panelling?

Wall panelling is a decorative design on walls, doors, ceilings and furniture which consists of a series of wide, thin sheets of wood. These sheets of wood are then framed by narrower and thicker strips of wood called styles, muntins and rails.

Panelling in the Gothic Period

During the Gothic period (Tudor and Elizabethan), panelling was used to emphasise the richness and warmth of interior decoration of the time. The walls of early Tudor times were largely carved in fielded panels where the central area was raised above the framing. Examples of this style of panelling can be found today in Hampton Court Palace, London.

During the time of the English Renaissance, panelling became simple, whilst in the Italian Renaissance, architects only used panelling on ceilings. The influence of panelling then spread to parts of the newly founded Southern Colonies of the United States in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

During this period, the materials that were used for panelling were typically oak or pine.

Panelling in the Victorian period

During the Victorian period, wall panelling was used to go up so far on the wall before being capped off with a dado rail to protect the wall from chairs. The design of the Victorian wall panels was used to complement the era’s rich designs and was mainly geometric and included stripes. The wall panels would also compliment the high skirting boards and cornices. 

During this period, more materials were used for panelling, such as solid wood (e.g walnut, birch or redwood), plywood (a thin wood veneer on a plywood base), and hardwood and translucent materials such as lucite.

The Return of Wall Panels

Recently wall panels have begun to make a comeback in people’s homes. Whereas before, wall panels used to be popular in the homes of the wealthy, due to technological advancements and the development of MDF, wall panels are more cost-effective for everyone. In addition, with the cost of living increasing-especially in regards to heating bills- more people are looking at ways they can insulate their homes. Not only do wall panels insulate your home, But they are also a stylish feature of any room. It has been suggested that over the next year, wall panelling will be the big trend in interior design, so what better way to stay ahead of the trend than by installing wall panels in your home! You can find out more why one type of wall panelling design- the Shaker Style- has became so popular by visiting our designated blog post

Wall Panels From DIY Wall Panelling

If you are looking to install wall panels into your home, then why not consider DIY Wall Panelling. We offer a wide range of wall panels which can be fitted by yourself easily. In addition, our wall panels are made from the finest MDF in our on-site workshop, which means that you get quality wall panels that are excellent value for money. If you have any questions, then contact us today and we will be happy to help you.

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