How to decorate with decorative panels

How to decorate with decorative panels

22 February, 2024

We give you tips on decorating with decorative wood panels: benefits of this material, where to put them and other basic ideas.

Decorating with decorative wood panels brings style and personality to any space in the house, and has become a current trend.

One of the reasons why these elements are fashionable is that the vertical lines of the slats stylize the walls (making the ceilings look higher) and contribute to create three-dimensional surfaces where the reliefs provide light, shadows and a certain dynamism.

What are decorative panels used for?

Decorative panels are used to cover different types of surfaces.

They can be used to:

  • Decorate walls, adding texture and color.
  • Separate spaces and create visual divisions in living rooms, offices, or restaurants.
  • Cover furniture such as cabinets, doors, or tables.   
  • Thermally and acoustically isolate a space (recording studios, conference rooms, homes, etc.).

Benefits of decorating with decorative wood panels

Although they can be manufactured with different materials, wood decorative panels are the most demanded due to their potential to create cozy atmospheres and their timeless and elegant aesthetics.

Other benefits include: 

  • They add texture and depth to walls inside bedrooms and living rooms. 
  • They offer a wide variety of designs, colors and finishes that facilitate their adaptation to different decorative styles, from the most rustic to the most modern, enhancing the natural beauty of wood.
  • They are easy to install and allow you to renew the look of a room in a short time and without making a large investment. 
  • They can be used to cover imperfections on walls, such as cracks or irregularities.
  • They are manufactured with high quality materials (solid wood) to guarantee their durability. In addition, they are usually resistant to water, humidity and impacts, which optimizes their installation in kitchens, bathrooms or high-traffic areas.

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Decorating decorative panels

How to decorate with decorative panels, step by step

1. Choose where you will place the panel

The ideal is to place these decorative elements in living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms or hallways, although it all depends on your preferences and imagination.  

On the other hand, and although most decorative panels can be installed on walls made of plaster, wood and other common building materials, it is important to verify their compatibility.

2. Select a design 

One of the keys to decorating with decorative wood panels is to choose a pattern that fits the style of your home and does not overload the space

As a general rule, you can take this advice: if your home decor is “classic”, opt for lighter panels; if you have a rustic decor, darker wood tones are more appropriate. For contemporary styles, we recommend combining textures and reliefs.

3. Prepare the surface

Installing decorative wood panels is not complicated, although it requires some experience. It is also advisable that the surface where they will be installed is clean and uniform, free of imperfections.

4. Install the panels

The general recommendation is to install decorative wood panels from the bottom up, and from the corners inwards. Before doing so, you will need to measure and mark the installation points to ensure a balanced result. And, of course, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

5. Add accessories

Once the wood panels are fixed, you can add decorative accessories such as pictures, mirrors or shelves.

Decorative wall panels

9 ideas for decorating with wood panels

  1. Decorative wood panels can act as a focal point behind furniture such as the sofa, adding depth and personality to the room.
  2. In bedrooms, decorative panels allow you to create distinguished and luxurious environments. In fact, one of the most widespread options is to use them as headboards for the bed.
  3. Although it is not very common, decorating the kitchen with decorative wood panels is a good option to cover empty walls, such as the one behind the sink. They are also interesting in areas where you put small appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, etc…
  4. In the bathroom, placing decorative wood panels is more than just aesthetic: besides adding a distinctive and exclusive touch, it is a functional way to optimize space, facilitating the placement of shelves for your toiletries and hygiene products.
  5. Normally, we do not pay much attention to transit areas of the house, such as hallways or foyers. However, this is where we welcome our guests, and cladding the walls with wood can generate an attractive visual impact full of personality
  6. Covering the sliding doors of furniture with wood panels can be a stylish solution to cover the TV in the dining room when it is not in use. We can also hide access doors to toilets, pantries or closets, bringing an aesthetic order to the room.
  7. Decorative wood panels are used to integrate in the space elements that normally have less decorative weight, such as columns, pillars and even ceilings. In this case, we will also increase thermal and acoustic isolation and improve thermal efficiency. 
  8. In addition to serving as wall or furniture cladding, decorative wood panels are an excellent option to delimit environments within the same room without interrupting natural lighting. The only requirement is that there must be space between the slats to avoid obstructing the passage of light and ventilation. 
  9. You can also decorate the walls of balconies, patios, and gardens with decorative wood panels, especially if they are rich in vegetation.  In these cases, it is advisable to consult if the panel will be resistant to the inclemency of the weather or if it is convenient to apply an “extra” layer of protection.

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