Saturday, 23 April 2011

Wall Wood Panelling

Wood panelling can be a very effective architectural element in adding instant appeal and memorability to a room.  I have to say that  even If I really like wood panelling I am not fond of the 70’s cedar wall panelling you can see far too often in homes here on the West Coast.  That’s just wood on the wall.  However, in the hands of a skilled designer or architect the results can be outstanding.

 

Here are some examples of my favourite contemporary uses of wood panelling and that clearly reflect the designers point of view and aesthetic.

 

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Via Axis Decorative Arts

 

I love the use of the round window as a focal point and the mix of a large flat panel and the grid panels next to it.  It definitely adds warmth and interest to the room, creating a solid background for the rest of the elements.

 

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Via Ike Kligerman Barkley

 

The panelling in this dining room is asymmetrical, but does not overwhelm the space as it has been painted the same colour as the wall.  I also love how the light fixture relates to the panels at the right side and center with the lower panels..

 

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Via B.Gluckstein

 

This is one of my favourite wall panelling's applications I have seen – It follows the curve of the wall playing off the traditional crown mouldings against the modern vibe of the symmetry and creates a very interesting juxtaposition.  It is classic yet is contemporary.

 

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Via Thad Hayes

 

The panelling in this room is very quiet – It reinforces the focal point in the room and as you can see the panelling doesn’t go wall to wall which gives the room added depth and dimension.

 

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Via Axis Decorative Arts

 

This wall panelling creates a resonance and a sense of rhythm that makes the space feel comfortable. It is an excellent backdrop for the beautiful collection of French furnishings and sculptures.  The panelling also gives the room ‘permission’ to not fill every wall with art, the panelling is art in itself.

 

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Via William Sofield

 

This is an example where  luxury and elegance can be found in one image at Tom Fords NY boutique.   With strong references of the Art Deco era but with contemporary design in mind, this ebony panelling is simply epic. 

 

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Via Kelly Wearstler

 

For all my Westies,  this is a wall panelling at an angle.  This panelling in bleach walnut is sophisticated and a great backdrop for the art collection.

 

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Via Barbara Barry

 

God is in the attention to detail.  The back panelling adds dimension and almost a contrast texture to the furnishings.  It is very soft and enduring – I just want to sit in that room and enjoy myself.

 

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Via Orlando Díaz-Azcuy

 

A great solution for a free standing wall – The effect of this wall panelling adds presence to the room.  It is the only strong colour in the room which makes it perfect as a focal point.  This paneling also resonates with the ceiling beams reinforcing symmetry with the fireplace and asymmetry in the room.  There is an extra panel in the left side – Did you notice that? 

 

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Via Kelly Wearstler

 

A contemporary interpretation of the traditional panelling is something you can see in any Château. The geometric elements of the panelling add the architectural voice to the room that otherwise would be unclear.  This panelling is the warm and defining backdrop for the eccentric collection of furnishings and art.



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3 comments:

AK-Magnolia House said...

I adore wood panel walls. Our new house is covered with it but more traditional feeling. I find it amazing how versatile paneling can be. I enjoyed this post. Thank you.
AK
www.akmagnoliahouse.com

Brillante Interiors said...

What a great collection of images and the stairs are so dramatic. Happy Easter Ivan, from Milan!

Echo said...

Stunning - it's true, wallpanelling can be so interesting and beautiful when it is done right.

I think much like the stigma with wallpaper (which most people are now getting over) people fear it because they do think of that 70's cedar look.

Kudos for trying to shift people's thinking with these beatiful, updated solutions!