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The evolution of interior wall panelling

The evolution of interior wall panelling

In our fast paced, day-to-day lives (unless of course you have been recently affected by the recent heavy snow and your day-to-day life has ground to a halt!) we have little time to think about how and why a product was invented…

On this day 201 years ago, the inventor Werner von Siemens was born. Namesake of the siemans unit of electrical conductance, the world we live in would be a very different place without electricity! 

Like so many items, especially technological ones, products evolve and in essence become ‘better’ than their predecessor.

And like so many products, wall panelling has also evolved…

From as early as the late 15th century, wall panelling was developed to make the rooms in stone building more comfortable. The wood, with its insulating properties, was used to face the cold stone walls and keep the draughts at bay.

Comfort began to spread - the Gothic and Tudor periods saw more intricate detailing appear on the wall panels, mostly made of either oak or pine.

Examples of these most beautiful wooden panels can be found in many historical places, with Hampton Court Palace housing many!

With the English Renaissance, panelling became simpler, whilst the French Renaissance kept with the lavish and highly ornate Tudor type style. Architects in the Italian Renaissance restricted its use to ceilings, inspiring companies such as PLAANK to use modern day wall panelling on ceilings too!

Across the water in New England, wooden wall panelling was extremely popular, but much simpler in style.

It is this simpler styling that continues to influence the way PLAANK designs all of its ranges, letting the natural beauty of the wood ‘speak for itself’.

It was not until the 20th century, when an enormous variety of woods such as Walnut and Mahogany became readily available that they were used in wall panelling.

Now in the 21st century we can once again help to reduce our heating costs and insulate wherever possible. The recent revival of wooden wall paneling, and especially reclaimed wooden wall panelling such as the aptly named Reclaimed range from PLAANK is now absolutely right for all our environmental needs.

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