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What Is Wall Panelling, Anyway?

Unsure of what wall panelling is? We are the go-to gurus for everything wall panelling related. Read on to learn more about the decorative art of wall panelling. 

Intrigued by the mysterious world of wall panelling? Want to learn everything there is to know about this fascinating trend? Why wouldn’t you – it’s a quick and clever way of transforming your interior walls into a simply striking space. 

Ok, so it’s not as elusive as we made it sound, but there are still some key things to know about this stylish interior design technique that’s adorning the walls of homes up and down the UK. Everyone is getting in on the action from celebrities and royalty to us mere mortals. It’s not hard to see why, you can upgrade your living space with minimal fuss and cost. 

Jacobean Style Wall Panelling From Ideal Home
Jacobean Style Wall Panelling From Ideal Home

But what is wall panelling? Well, wall panelling is a decorative art by which you add texture to a wall with mdf wood panelling. There are a dazzling array of patterns to choose from which can be decorated to suit any taste. From cottagecore to contemporary design, wall panelling can work with any trend. 

Wall panelling isn’t a modern phenomenon, its been around for hundreds of years. It was originally developed to provide insulation and protection from damp – back when houses were made of stone and pretty chilly. 

Antique Wall Panels from Antique Furniture Restoration Chester

The original wall panelling concepts were fairly basic, but as the trend caught on it flourished into ornate and intricate patterns carved into slabs of wood, to the extent it adorned the walls of castles and heritage sites. As time went on different styles and techniques were incorporated, some periods preferred the finer details to complement their highly decorative abodes, other periods boasted more simplistic designs to blend into the background of the grand architecture favoured at the time (we’re looking at you Georgians). 

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Georgian Interior Design – courtesy of the National Trust

All of these wall panelling styles are now readily available to incorporate in your home. The styles have evolved and as such a different material is now used to recreate the iconic patterns of yesteryear. 

The material? MDF, sometimes referred to as MDF wood – although MDF is an engineered wood product and doesn’t actually grow on trees. Which is a relief, MDF is so popular we probably wouldn’t have any trees left if it did. What’s so great about MDF? Well it’s not as expensive as buying a slab of timber and carving away to create enough panels to cover a wall, it has the same properties as wood and it’s a lot easier to cut.  MDF is just as durable as timber and is dense enough to protect your walls from any scuffs or bangs. 

MDF is the main material used for wall panelling. It’s because of this amazing material that wall panelling is so easy now to install yourself at home. Furthermore, you can buy mdf wall panelling kits online, which makes the task of wall panelling even more convenient. 

Part of a Shaker Wall Panelling Install from Green Bank Interiors

You can install wall panelling in any room you please, just make sure it’s inside. If you’re considering using wall panelling in your bathroom or kitchen, make sure you buy moisture resistant MDF as regular MDF doesn’t hold up well in rooms which are exposed to high levels of humidity. And you don’t want to spend time installing all your lovely wall panelling to then have to redo it because it got a bit wet. 

If you want to know more about how to install mdf wall panelling, we’ve got lots of installation guides and techniques to help you on your way. If you like the idea of wall panelling but need some panelling inspo – we can help with that too. 

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Should You Buy MDF Wall Panelling Kits Online?

Where’s the best place to buy mdf wall panelling kits – online or in-store? We take a look at the best way to buy an mdf wall panelling kit. 

Convenience is really important to us as consumers nowadays. Traipsing around the shops trying to find what you’re looking for just feels like a real chore. Especially when you can find it at the touch of a button online. Which is why it’s no real surprise that online sales are predicted to hit £4.5 trillion by 2023. It’s a lot less hassle browsing online, you can fit it in to suit your schedule and it won’t result in awkward encounters with people you’ve intentionally been avoiding. 

We’re often asked ‘Tablero, where’s the best place to buy mdf wall panelling kits?’. Personally we think online is best but we’ll take a look at your other options for buying mdf wall panelling kits first. 


There are several large diy chains in the UK that sell mdf wall panelling kits. However, we found them a bit lacking. There were no instructions included with the mdf wall panelling kit, we were simply handed some strips of mdf and sent on our way. This isn’t to say that all kits from diy stores are vague, but you will find that most of them revert you back to their website for more information – so why go in the store in the first place?

The Shaker MDF Wall Panelling Kit – Homebase


This one is a bit niche and to be quite honest it’s only suitable if you’re looking for reclaimed wooden wall panelling in a particular style from a specific time period. You would need to speak with specialists or the auction house itself to determine whether this would be a wise investment. Keep in mind that something with a lot of history isn’t going to be in the best possible condition and might not be the best option. Also, it will more than likely be made completely from wood and not mdf – so not really relevant here but it’s definitely worth a mention if you’re a collector of wall panels. 

Antique Walls Panels via Easy Live Auction


Ok, so there aren’t actually many options other than online or in-store for buying mdf wall panelling kits. Why do we think it’s best to buy mdf wall panelling kits online? Variety mainly, and the opportunity to buy from businesses that really do know a thing or two about mdf wall panelling.

When buying mdf wall panelling kits online, you have access to reviews, case studies and in-depth product descriptions. When you’re standing in the middle of a diy store, holding 9 strips of mdf – it’s quite hard to visualise how your mdf wall panelling will look once completed. Whereas online you can browse galleries and go through customer case studies to ensure you are buying the right mdf wall panelling kit for your project.

Plus there’s lots of wall panelling inspo available online to help you pick the wall panel style that’s right for you. 

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Jacobean panelling from These Three Rooms

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to buying mdf wall panelling kits online. There’s an abundance of stockists out there, take your time and find the right mdf wall panelling kit for you. If you aren’t feeling that creative and need a helping hand, check out our Wall Panelling Ideas page. 

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What Do You Get With MDF Wall Panelling Kits

What’s included with MDF wall panelling kits? We take a look at what they have to offer, to help you pick the right one for the job. 

If you’re thinking of buying an mdf wall panelling kit there are a few things you need to know beforehand. We’ve put together a brief overview of what you get with the various types of mdf wall panelling kits on the market right now. 

Let’s start by looking at the different options of mdf wall panelling kits available. We’ve broken it down by price, starting with the least expensive option:

MDF Wall Panelling Kit – Strips

What’s included? With this type of mdf wall panelling kit you will receive pre-cut strips of mdf. These can be used to create a specific style of wall panelling, however they’re usually quite versatile and can be used to make several different wall panel patterns i.e. shaker, Tudor and slats. These are perfect if you’re looking to create the more popular styles of wall panels and can be installed with minimal fuss. 

MDF Wall Panelling Kit Using Strips to create Jacobean / Tudor panelling – What Hannah Did Next

MDF Wall Panelling Kit – Panels

These mdf wall panelling kits come as pre-made panels. Typically the supplier will note your wall measurements and tailor the panels to your requirements. There are a whole range of different wall panelling styles available which can be custom designed. These are usually intricate pieces or panels with more texture – panels that often protrude from the wall for a truly 3d effect. Depending on the complexity of the panels you can install them yourself or if they’re quite difficult the supplier may provide you with installation services – at a price. 

Custom made wall panels which protrude further from the wall – Panel Shack

MDF Wall Panelling Kit – Boards

These are the more expensive MDF Wall Panelling kits on the market. Once again these will normally be bespoke, the supplier will need to know the wall and room measurements to develop the boards for you. The wall panels are attached to sheets of MDF which are designed to fit the surface area you will be panelling. Installation should be provided with these as they may need to be amended or trimmed down for the perfect fit. This will be an additional cost.  

Wall Panelling Kit using panelled boards from James Mayor

As you can see when the mdf wall panelling kits become more complex, the price increases.

If you’re working with a tight budget, we recommend trying the more affordable option of the mdf wall panelling kit with strips. The versatility of the mdf strips means you can be more flexible with the application.

When it comes to wall panelling on a budget – we’ve put together a handy guide to help you reduce costs. It’s much cheaper than the other options available and easier than buying sheets of MDF and cutting them down yourself. You can completely avoid the stress of measuring and cutting each individual wall panel by hand – which is quite monotonous. 

In addition to your mdf wall panelling kit you will also need the following items:

  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Heavy duty grab adhesive
  • Caulk
  • Saw / Utility Knife
  • Sandpaper/ electric sander
  • MDF Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush / fluffy roller & tray
  • Hammer (optional)
  • Nails (optional)

We’ve also included why you’ll need each of the above items, because we’re super helpful like that. 

Tape Measure – you’ll need this item to measure the space you’ll be panelling and to double check the measurements of the mdf wall panels

Spirit Level – this handy tool will help you to ensure your wall panels are well – level. Nobody wants wonky wall panelling. Unless that’s the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve. 

Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive – you’ll be using this product to attach your wall panelling to your walls. Make sure it’s high quality and most importantly once fitted – leave those panels to dry before you move on to the next step. 

Decorator’s Caulk – this is used to hide any of the seams between the wall panels – use sparingly and follow the instructions on the packaging. 

Saw/ Utility Knife – despite the strips being pre-cut for you – you will need to trim them down to fit the area you will be panelling or to recreate certain styles like Jacobean. For Jacobean you’ll need to cut the strips so the panels fit together instead of overlapping.  

Sandpaper/ electric sander – these are used to smooth any of the edges to ensure the strips of mdf fit together perfectly. 

MDF Primer – This product is really important. You must prime your MDF before you paint it, otherwise large bubbles will appear on the surface and completely ruin your wall panels. You need to apply 2-3 coats of primer before you paint. Make sure you let the primer dry before painting too. 

Paint – Of course you will need paint to bring your mdf wall panelling kit to life. As long as you prime the strips beforehand – you can use any paint you like. 

Paint Brush / Fluffy Roller & Tray – unless you plan on painting with your hands, you will need tools to apply it. We recommend using a fluffy roller to apply the paint to the panels and the paint brush to cut in those awkward spots. 

Hammer & Nails (optional) – for extra hold these can also be used to secure the mdf wall panels in place. Ideal for high traffic areas such as the hallway. 

In a nutshell this is what you will need to purchase in addition to your mdf wall panelling kit. For a more in depth look at the installation process – we’ve put together an informative guide on how to install mdf wall panelling kits. 

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Where To Buy MDF Wall Panelling Kits In The UK

We’ve put together everything you need to know about buying MDF wall panelling kits in the UK. 

By now you’re probably very much aware that we’re very fond of mdf wall panelling. We get a buzz out of helping DIY’ers up and down the UK install mdf wall panelling in their homes. Our secret weapon? MDF wall panelling kits. Haven’t heard of them? Don’t worry all will be revealed. And if you’re aware of mdf wall panelling kits but don’t know where to buy them in the UK – we can help with that too. 

What are MDF wall panelling kits?

There are several options available in the UK right now. We’re going to focus on our favourite type of mdf wall panelling kit – mdf strips. These are fantastic because they are so versatile, you can use these strips to recreate any style of panelling you wish. Plus, it’s much cheaper than buying sheets of MDF and cutting them down yourself. You can buy mdf strips in a ready made wall panelling kit and completely avoid the stress of measuring and cutting each individual panel yourself – hurrah for convenience. 

Jacobean panelling from Panel Master

But why are MDF wall panelling kits better than doing your own wall panelling from scratch?  

It comes down to your level of skill with DIY, some folks have been doing it for years and some have just begun dipping their toes in. DIY home projects can seem quite daunting if you haven’t got much experience, but with the right advice – you can’t go wrong. There’s nothing we love more than helping people transform their homes and providing tips and tricks to ensure their mdf wall panelling project goes to plan. 

If you’ve got heaps of DIY experience and you think you’re up to the challenge of creating your mdf wall panelling from scratch – we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you on your way. However, if the thought of meticulously designing, measuring and cutting your own wall panels to size sounds quite frightening – there is a better option. MDF wall panelling kits come as strips of mdf already cut to size for you, make no mistake you will still have to make the odd amendment here and there but overall it’s a much easier process. 

Shaker Style Panelling Install from At Home With The Johnsons

You’ll be pleased to know that there are a lot of options in the UK for buying mdf wall panelling kits online. Essentially it’s the equivalent of buying flatpack furniture but without all the allen keys. You can also buy mdf wall panelling kits in some of the larger DIY chain stores. 

Whether you choose to buy your mdf wall panelling kit online or in store – there’s a few things you need to take into consideration first. Most importantly, which wall panel style do you want to install? There’s heaps to choose from and if you’re stuck for ideas – we have a whole page dedicated to Wall Panelling Ideas & Inspo. Once you’ve decided which style you want to create, you’ll need to workout whether you’re going to panel one wall or every wall. Perhaps you only want to install wall panelling in a singular spot to create a feature wall or maybe you’re looking to transform the entire room. Once you’ve established where you want to panel – you’ll need to measure the space. Be thorough with your measurements as you’ll be using those figures to quantify the number of panels you’ll need, from this you can then calculate how many mdf wall panelling kits you should buy. We always recommend buying slightly more than you need to be on the safe side. 

Stairway panelling kit install from Panel Shack

Now that you have all of the information you need, you can begin the search to find the best mdf panelling kit for your project. There are lots of companies in the UK to choose from, we always advise buying from a reputable supplier. How can you tell if they are reputable? Read their reviews, case studies and product descriptions.

All of the instructions should be available to you before you buy, so you can ensure it’s the right wall panelling kit for you. All high-quality mdf wall panelling kits come with instructions and if they seem pretty vague – check out our MDF wall panelling kit installation guide.

If you aren’t sure where to begin when searching for a supplier, try typing ‘mdf wall panelling kits UK’ into your preferred search engine, they are typically ranked by relevance to the search request. You’ll find that a fair few suppliers will appear, take your time, read the small print and don’t be afraid to ask questions. 

Personally, we think MDF wall panelling kits are the best invention since sliced bread, not only do they make the process quicker, they’re more cost effective too, and it’s a great way of kicking off your DIY journey.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Panel Your Walls

Need an excuse to convince your significant other as to why you should panel your walls? Maybe you’ve been thinking about it but need some encouragement, read on for all the motivation and inspo you could possibly need. 

By now you’ve probably got the gist that we’re obsessed with wall paneling, not just because it’s on trend right now but because of the endless options and styles available. With wall panelling you can completely transform a room or if you’re as passionate about panelling as we are, you can upgrade your entire home. But why do people panel their walls? Well there are a multitude of reasons but we’ve whittled it down to five. 

  1. Texture – Think of it like hair, stay with me on this one – you know when your hair feels like it has no oomph or life to it and you get yourself booked in with a hairdresser asap for a bit of body? Walls are the same. Imagine you’re looking at a plain wall, it’s pretty basic isn’t it? Kinda dull, just existing as a vital structural component to your home. Wouldn’t it be better if it had a bit more spice? Adding texture to your walls can completely switch up the aesthetic of the room. Shadow and light often play clever tricks on the eye, it can make rooms appear bigger or smaller depending on the colour scheme you choose.
The Tuscan Red Bedroom as featured on Little Greene
  1. Modernise Your Home – Giving your home a contemporary look can be difficult if you’re restricted financially. Panelling your walls is a cost effective way of modernising your home. Maybe you’ve recently bought your home – which as we all know is an expensive process, you may not have the funds readily available to bring the decor into the present. Top tip? Use MDF wall panelling kits to upgrade each room as you go, it will hide any unsightly blemishes or marks and add character to the house. 
Stunning Tongue & Groove Wall Panelling from Making It In The Mountains
  1. Selling Your Home – Decorating your home to sell it? A preposterous idea or a clever tactic to encourage more offers? We say go for it. Wall panelling is more popular than ever and what better way to charm potential buyers than dazzling them with decorative walls. If they know they won’t have lots of decorating to do when they move in, they’ll be more tempted to buy – especially if they’re big wall panelling fans. And if they detest wall panelling – it’s not hard to remove. 
  1. Protecting your walls – Wall panels actually provide protection for your walls, not like an overly-enthusiastic doorman with an earpiece and a clipboard but in a subtle and clever way. Hallways, plenty of wear and tear – how many times have your hallway walls been scuffed? Or how often do you open the front door with such gusto you chip the paint? We have a solution for you. Wall panelling! They’re fixed on to the wall and will take the brunt of heavy traffic passing through that room – unless you live with a herd of rhinos, we’re not entirely sure that wall panels are an equal opponent to a Rhino. 
Photo by Keith Markilie on Unsplash
  1. Selfie Station – Is it narcissistic to completely transform a room for better photos? Probably, but we’re not judging you. Fed up taking your selfies in a dull lifeless room? Then panel it! A splash of striking paint and you’re good to go. All your followers will be thinking ‘Oh my god does Becky live in a high-end hotel?’ or ‘What cool and super expensive venue is she at now?!’. Plus you can film the whole process and put it on TikTok, even more clout. You’re welcome.
Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

If we’re completely frank we can think of way more reasons to panel your home, but does anybody actually want to read a novel on wall panelling? If you need some wall panelling inspo check out these fantastic designs & ideas. 

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The Four Most Popular Styles Of Panelling You Need To Know About

If you’re unsure of the type of wall panel style you’re looking for – we’ve listed the most trendy terms to help you on your way.

There’s lots of different styles of wall panelling out there, and sometimes it can be hard to differentiate one from the other. A lot of panelling styles have been confused with Shaker, mislabelled as Jacobean, and so forth. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you tell your Slat from your Shaker panels. 

Slat – MDF Slat Wall Panelling – This type of panelling is made up of 10 – 12cm wide slats placed side by side across the wall, they typically are placed up to dado rail height but can also be installed to span from the floor to the ceiling. The panel strips can also be placed horizontally up the wall if you fancy trying something a bit different. This style of wall panel is a classic, it can often be found in hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. However it’s not limited to these applications and can be placed anywhere inside your home. Probably not the ceiling, that would look a bit odd – unless you’re a bat. 

A beautiful country style bathroom featuring slat wall panelling from Ideal Home.

Shaker wall panelling – The shaker style is one of the most popular styles, strips are used to form rectangular shapes which are then evenly spaced apart. The shaker wall panels have a more regal aesthetic in our opinion, it’s a style you will find in most country manors, Chelsea homes and high-end venues.

Shaker style wall panelling by Zulu Fish

You often see cabinets with the shaker style panel on the front. Shaker MDF Wall Panelling is a versatile style, it can look elegant or quirky depending on the colour palate used. 

Shaker style cabinets crafted by Krantz Designs

Jacobean  – Jacobean panelling is often confused with Shaker style panels, however it’s completely different. The panels are square in shape and when installed they almost look like a checkerboard. You would normally find this type of wall panelling in bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms. Lately we’ve seen a real increase in Jacobean panelling used as headboards in bedrooms, which looks fantastic – providing you never plan on moving your bed. 

Jacobean style panelling via House and Garden

Geometric – Geometric wall panels are a modern version of wall panelling – we would say this is more of a feature wall design as it is often only placed in one area of the room. Geometric panels are usually made up of very fine strips to create a contemporary design, the strips can be placed horizontally, vertically and diagonally and once painted they present a very cool aesthetic. You can place them in whatever pattern you wish, just make sure you measure up first so you aren’t caught short. 

A Geometric panelled wall installed at the West Hotel via Archi Lovers

Now these aren’t the only forms of panelling available, but they are the most popular. Congratulations – you can now correct people when they get the names wrong. Hopefully you’re now on your way to picking the perfect wall panel style for your interior design project and if you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to wall panelling – why not read The Ultimate Guide To Wall Panelling.

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This Is Why MDF Wall Panelling Kits Are The Best Option

Are you planning a DIY wall panelling project? You might want to read this first. 

The age old question – Why are MDF wall panelling kits better than doing your own wall panelling from scratch? Ok, it’s not that old of a question but it’s certainly a popular one.  

Well, it all comes down to your skill level. If you’re an experienced DIY’er and you really enjoy a challenge then you’re probably up to the task. If you’re really into taking your time and meticulously planning every little detail from design to installation – DIY panelling is definitely for you. You can buy sheets of 9mm MDF online or from your local supplier and cut the panel strips to size and embark on your wall panel project. We hope the DIY Gods look upon you favourably that day.  

A sheet of 9mm MDF from PS Timber

If you’re new to DIY, the thought of cutting precise strips of MDF can be quite daunting, terrifying some might say. Especially if you’re getting to grips with a new saw or if you’ve never used one. It’s easy to make mistakes, more so when performing the monotonous task of measuring the same slat each time and trying to ensure it’s cut to spec. Furthermore, if you’re planning on panelling every wall in the room – well, that’s a whole lotta panel’s and a whole lotta cut’s. 

If you’re a bit wary of cutting the strips down yourself or if you simply don’t have the tools to cut it – you might want to try a panelling kit instead. Or befriend a carpenter, both have their advantages. We probably won’t write a blog on befriending carpenters, even though we’re really good at it. 

  Photo by Samantha Fortney on Unsplash

Buying a wall panel kit online is the equivalent of buying flatpack furniture, as long as you choose to buy from a reputable business and the instructions are legible – it should be pretty easy. Not so much if you buy your kit from Wish – who needs instructions anyway? 8 year lead time for delivery – what a bargain! (Sorry Wish).

DIY Panelling combining Shaker and Jacobean style wall panels.

Panelling kits are great if you want to get the job done quickly. You will save oodles of time by not having to cut all of the strips down yourself, equally all the strips will be uniform in size so with some styles – all you will need to do is half some of the panels (Jacobean). It removes the human error side of things, but we would strongly advise reading the instructions to be on the safe side.

Time is money, why spend longer than you have to when you can buy a wall panel kit and reduce the time spent on your DIY panelling project? Wall Panel kits are typically more cost effective too, you’re getting exactly what you need so there won’t be any wastage in comparison to buying full sheets and cutting them yourself. 

Personally, we think MDF wall panel kits are a gift sent from the gods and it would be a terrible shame not to shout about them from the rooftops.

If you’re stuck for wall design ideas our handy guide offers some serious panelling inspo.

Have you used an MDF wall panelling kit before? What was your experience like? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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The Top 5 Mistakes People Make With Wall Panelling

What are the most common mistakes people make when panelling their walls? We’re going to tell you. 

We like to think that panelling your walls is a pretty straightforward process, but we’re panelling pros and sometimes we forget that not everybody is privy to the technical stuff. So we took some time and thought long and hard about the 5 biggest mistakes that people make when installing MDF wall panels and put together a list so you don’t make the same blunders. 

First and foremost, you must measure the space you’re going to be panelling. Heck! measure it several times to be sure – at least twice for good measure. You will need to take the skirting board into consideration too, unless you plan on removing the skirting entirely. If you’re panelling your wall floor to ceiling then take the coving into account as well (the skirting between the wall and ceiling). You don’t want to be wasting time cutting your panels down if they’re too long when you could be doing something more interesting, like admiring your newly panelled walls because you took the coving into account and everything fitted like a dream. 

Coving / Cornice
Coving – take this into account when measuring up for your wall panels.

When buying panelling kits online, always check how many pieces you are ordering and cross-check it with your measurements. This way you can ensure you achieve the desired coverage. There’s nothing worse than ordering an online panel kit whilst under the impression that you’re going to transform your entire living room, and then unwrapping six pieces of panelling that will only cover a quarter of the wall. We’ve been there – it hurts.

Always check your walls beforehand – for things like bumps, cracks, nodules, hidden doors, trap doors – the usual stuff. Lumps and bumps are easy to sand down or fill if necessary and this will prevent you from having bumpy panelling. For small areas that need filling you can always caulk it after you’ve glued the panelling to the wall this will fill any gaps and prevent your panelling from protruding. Panelling hides a multitude of sins but it’s always better to deal with any that are jutting out of the wall.

A general example of a wall that needs a bit of TLC before panelling.

When panelling it’s important to figure out the middle point of the wall, you can then work outwards to create a uniform design. Don’t start at one end and work your way down as it will be off-centre and ruin the entire aesthetic – unless you detest symmetry then by all means work from whatever point you want. 

We’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times. Always prime your MDF wall panels. MDF is very porous, which means if you paint it without primer it will essentially just absorb the paint – you’ll end up spending way more on paint than you need to and the colour won’t pop as much as it should. Try to apply two to three coats of primer before you start painting. 

If you paint without primer you’ll notice large bubbles appearing on the surface and if we’re completely honest it’ll just look a bit rubbish. 

MDF being primed before painting.

Keep these tips in mind when you start your wall panelling project and you won’t go wrong. We hope. 

Additional Information

We found a really helpful article by Jennifer Noonan and Bob Vila on how to paint MDF properly –

Not sure which primer to choose? Check out this blog from A Lick Of Paint –

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This Is How You Can Transform Your Home With Minimal Effort

Does DIY intimidate you? Here’s how you can switch up your living space without breaking a sweat.

Are you bored of staring at the same four dreary walls? Are they in need of a little….spice?

Perhap your walls have seen better days and you are looking for a clever way to disguise these blemishes. Fear not, we have just the solution for you. 

Wall Panelling. What is wall panelling? I hear you grumble. Read on and all will be revealed. 

Wall panelling is a clever way of introducing texture via geometric shapes to a room lacking character. Simply, you glue shapes such as squares or rectangles to your wall, prime and paint it and then step back and marvel at the transformation. It really is that easy. 

A bedroom with shaker style wall panelling painted a neutral tone.

Well, there is a bit more to it but the process itself is relatively straightforward. The hardest part is deciding on a pattern that suits your living space and tastes. There are plenty of wall panelling patterns and ideas out there, it’s just about finding what’s right for you and your home. There are two primary options when it comes to the product you can use for panelling, we have the cost effective contemporary option using MDF or the more expensive and slightly outdated choice of Wood panelling

MDF panelling is a style that anyone can do at home, from amateur DIY’ers to folks that have never even attempted home improvements. Panelling with Wood requires expertise, experience and quite frankly a qualification in Carpentry. The choice is yours, but if you are looking to upgrade your home without breaking the bank, MDF is the better option. 

Choosing a style of panelling can be tricky, there are plenty of panelling ideas out there if you’re in desperate need of a little panelling inspo. Maybe traditional patterns aren’t your thing? Not a problem – there are some beautiful and unusual wall panel styles available that are just as easy to install. 

We’re seeing a lot of minimalist geometric panelling styles emerge. So, if you like the trend but are more of a trend-setter, these are definitely worth exploring further. Take a look at some of the quirky panel designs we’ve found on Pinterest.

A striking geometric feature wall from the Zoe Olivia Blog

When it comes to picking the right colour shade for your wall panels, there are no restrictions. It’s all about personal taste and complementing the room. If you’re looking to turn your dining room into a fresh and calming sanctuary – go for a lighter or muted shade. If you want to switch up your bedroom with some panelling and create an alluring aesthetic, try a shade that’s bold and rich. 

If you want to really make a statement you can also combine wallpaper with wall panelling. Half and half if you will. The contrast between a flamboyant print and the uniform design of the panel is really quite striking. 

A gorgeous combination feature wall using both wallpaper and wall panelling

Wondering when the minimal effort part is going to be mentioned? We’ve explained the difference between MDF and Wood when it comes to cost and DIY skill. MDF is a preferable solution if you want to panel your walls quickly. You can buy MDF panel kits which contain the strips you need to create your desired pattern. Make sure you follow the instructions to the letter and you’ll have your walls panelled in no time at all. Minimal effort, cost effective and you get fancy new walls, what’s not to love?

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Why You Should Stop Buying Wood Wall Panels and Try MDF Wall Panelling Instead!

The benefits of using MDF Wall Panelling to upgrade your interior.

Just hear us out on this one, ok? 

Over the last year we’ve seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of wall panelling. Victorian walls are now back in fashion and personally we cannot get enough of them. Shaker, Jacobean, Strip, Georgian – there are so many panel styles to choose from – the options are endless. Social media is awash with trendy wall panel designs, from celebrities to high-end interior designers, everyone seems to be embracing the wall panel trend. 

Thankfully we’ve come a long way since the Victorian era. We’re sure the industrial revolution was heaps of fun but we’re somewhat relieved that we weren’t there to experience it firsthand. Wooden wall panelling was the height of fashion in this period, it’s sleek design has echoed through the ages and now it’s back, reimagined with a contemporary flourish. 

Shaker Style Wall Panelling
Wall Panelling in a Shaker Style.

Fast forward to today, new and improved products are readily available, namely MDF. 

What is MDF? Medium Density Fibreboard is the technical term – exciting right? MDF is an engineered wood product, it’s stronger than plywood and it’s typically used in cabinet making and for constructing storage units.

Despite MDF technically being derived from wood fibres it is actually a fantastic alternative to using wood in panelling applications. And we’re here to tell you why!

Firstly, it has the very same qualities as wood, for instance – it’s sturdy, hard-wearing and can stand the test of time, but most importantly MDF won’t give you splinters.

It’s easy to cut provided you have the right tools – we definitely would not recommend attempting to cut this product with a butter knife or scissors. If you’re unsure of the tools you need to successfully panel a wall – we’ve got you covered. 

When MDF is painted – you really can’t tell the difference from it’s wooden counterparts. Furthermore, MDF is quite enjoyable to paint, it just glides right on and the finished shade will really pop – but make sure you prime it first!

Compared to wooden wall panels, MDF wall panels are considerably cheaper. MDF is a lot more affordable per metre, it’s certainly the cost effective alternative to wooden panelling which is quite important if you’re looking to transform your home on a budget. 

For wooden wall panelling you would need to hire a skilled tradesman to design the panels, source the materials and install it – that’s big bucks. 

Traditional wooden wall panelling.

Whereas with MDF, you have multiple options. You can buy sheets of MDF and measure out your panelling design, cut the sheet into strips and glue them into place. Or if you want the super easy/ minimal fuss panelling option, simply buy an MDF Wall Panelling Kit – you won’t have to worry about cutting it down, the strips are pre-cut for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions to the tee and voila! Your drab and dreary wall has been transformed into a chic and trendy talking piece – with very little effort and cost. If you’re not feeling particularly inspired have a read of The Ultimate Guide to Wall Panelling for some stylish wall panelling ideas.