French Wall Panelling

July 20, 2020

Wall Panelling is a great way to enhance the decorative features of a room. Not only does it help create structure to the design of the room, it looks great in any room. The are many options. Here are some examples from projects we’ve done.

Modern White Panels

In this french inspired interior, this sitting area has wall panelling that is light and simple. This panelling has been done the reverse way whereby the panel section is left as the empty recessed area.  This creates elegant frames around the wall sconces and adds a sense of height to the room. The panelling is left white to create a fresh overall feel. This helps add richness and depth but it does not distract too much from the rest of the decor.

Classical Style Panelling with Custom finish 

In this study below, by contrast, the finish is rich and has been hand painted by our artisans in varying shades of deep green. Here the panelling around the doors frames features reeding and ornaments which helps too add embellishment. This gold area of the panelling was first painted red, then gilded on top. Ornamentation works great with panelling and we have a huge variety of ornaments to choose from.

The finish options for panelling are endless. If you want a more hamptons style look, keeping the wall panels the same colour as your wall is a good idea. However, a light contrast trim, say antique grey or taupe can also add a soft level of contrast.Whereas a more rich, traditional look might use a touch of gold, or champagne gold to highlight. Remember not all of the panel needs to be gold. A thin gold line can be done lightly on just some parts of the panel, list the floral ornament section, or on the inner lip of the panel mouldings.

 

Moulding Designs and Ornamentations 

Jean-Christophe always visits the home he designs and takes in the mood, feel and decor. He often designs wall panel mouldings just for each individual project. Wall panelling designs should be done carefully and thoughtfully with the client in mind. It requires more than just the wall. One needs to understand the design aesthetic of the home at large.

See how the finish here does not need to be painted on all the ornamentation. Some areas are left, while others brought out in the colour. Here the wall was painted pink, and the panels left lighter and taupe as the contrast tone.

Note how the shapes of the top panels is also important in dressing the wall, and our designer Jean-Christophe has designed these wall panels to perfectly suit the look and feel of the room. Many different shapes can be done, all with different stylistic elements. Thinking about what goes inside the panels, like wall lights or prints, helps to bring the whole design together.

Tips 

Always avoid going overboard with your wall panelling. Avoid thick panel mouldings, or inelegant proportions.

Simple, light and elegant is always best with wall panelling.

Proportion is also important. More elongated panels will make the room feel more spacious and tall. Not all panel designs are the same. It is not always as easy as it looks. Determining the width and height of each panel and the layers, shapes, columns and rows requires good design skill. Wall panelling is an art, that can, if done well, truly transform a room.

Our Wall Panelling Service 

Jean-Christophe designs the panelling for the wall like he would a piece of furniture. Taking into account what each room needs and the style of the interior.

He can work with architects prior to building to help design the complete interior panelling scheme. Or he can help you bring new life to one wall within the home.

No project is too small or big. We also custom design wall panel mouldings to create unique looks for any interior.

Learn more about our wall panelling service here 

See our wall panelling portfolio here 

Or talk to Jean-Christophe today about your designs ideas.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.

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