Open your eyes to alternative wallcovering ideas…

Open your eyes to alternative wallcovering ideas…

When choosing a new wallcovering finish for a room, it’s easy to assume that your options are somewhat limited.

This needn’t be the case, especially in today’s market where there is so much choice. From simple painted walls and decorative wallpapers to wooden wall panels, deciding what best suits your needs, your tastes, your style and your budget can be confusing.


Paint is certainly the ‘go-to’ choice for the majority of people. After all, it’s available in a limitless range of colours, can be applied by even a novice DIY-er and is easy to wipe over.

Before painting a wall, any cracks, no matter how small must be filled in and sanded to achieve the best overall appearance.

In the event that it gets damaged, a painted wall can be filled, sanded and re-painted, with very little expense.

It’s a great covering for any wall, especially when used in conjunction with a contrasting surface such as wooden panelling to create a feature wall or focal point. 


An ideal option for those who want to introduce a decorative element into their room, like paint, wallpaper designs are now available in a huge choice of colours, patterns and designs.

If the wall does have fine, hairline cracks, then cross papering a wall prior to wallpapering is recommended, which adds to the overall cost, both in terms of labour and materials.

But unlike paint, wallpapering does require some level of skill, is not so easy to keep clean and in the event that the surface becomes damaged, ‘patching in’ is often noticeable.

Wooden wall panelling

As a concept, cladding walls with wooden panelling has been around for many years.

It was often used in Victorian or Edwardian homes to cover the walls up to dado height, with feature relief details and mouldings.

It then had a revival in the 60’s and 70’s, to become the epitome of retro styling.

Today, wooden wall panelling has come to be the choice of architects, interior designers and homeowners alike, probably because it not only looks fantastic, but it’s simple to keep clean. And with so many different planks to choose from, there’s sure to be a finish that you’ll like.

It’s relatively easy to install, especially when companies such as PLAANK have a dedicated video of how to fit it and a competent DIY-er could install it.

Plus, it isn’t necessary to fill in any cracks prior to installation, as the wall panels can be applied directly onto the wall and disguise them. Better still, any knocks that the panelling wall may receive are indistinguishable and simply add to the charm of the overall wooden panelling.

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