Most Popular Designs for DIY Wall Panelling

Wall Panelling is a great way to give your walls a unique feel. There is a huge diversity of patterns, customisations and styles that can be achieved through different panel designs. That said, it can be hard to know what style you should choose to achieve a certain look in your home. 

We have put together this list of some of the most popular designs for DIY Wall Paneling, and how they can be used in your home. 

Popular Types of Panelling 


Shaker Style Panelling

Shaker style Wall Panelling consists in strips of MDF wood displayed as squares of rectangles on the wall. It’s bold and boxy by nature. Despite its 15th Century origins, the sharp lines and rigid corners of this look create a sleek, modern aesthetic in homes today. This look is ideal for adding character to plain walls in new build properties. 

Nicola and Tino made their office room somewhere where they wanted to hang out more by fitting a full wall of shaker panels


Nicola and Tino, moved into their home a year ago and felt that their office room needed some love. It was the darkest room in their home and one that they felt they had neglected to a large computer monitor and an exercise bike. 

A full wall grid of Shaker Wall Panels, painted a crisp white, elevated the character and class of the room and made it a place they were eager to spend time and show off. 


Shaker, rectangular half-wall panelling is ideal for adding character to plain walls in new build properties. Shiplap works well as a permanent “headboard” in your bedroom


Shiplap Panels 

Shiplap panels are probably the first thing you picture when someone mentions “wall panels”. The classic shiplap look is made up of parallel strips, covering a whole wall, vertically or horizontally. Separating each panel is a space of 2 or 3mm, creating the trademark “tongue and groove” effect. 

By nature, they evoke a nautical or rustic look which are reminiscent of winter cabins or beach huts - depending on your season of preference! 

Shiplap paneling is often a staple in entryways as a great way of adding a layer of protection to a wall. It is also a popular style, to add a touch of elegance to a bathroom. Shiplap is also effective as a permanent “headboard” in your bedroom.

Remember to experiment with your panels at different heights. It can be really impactful to take a shiplap panel up ¾ of the wall and cap with a beautiful shelf. 

Traditional panels evoke the history of a house and draw the eye to period features. Traditional panels are especially popular along staircases.

Traditional Panels 

Traditional wall panels are found in many older homes in the country, but the effect is surprisingly easy to replicate. They typically consist of decorative pinewood mouldings shaped into rectangles of varying widths across a wall.  

They are ideal for evoking the history of a house or drawing the eye to period features. They are especially popular up staircases. 

Remember to experiment with different panel widths before you settle on your ultimate design. For example, you may want to frame a bed with a wider panel, with two smaller panels on either side for maximum impact. 


Designing you Wall Panelling Project

If you’re struggling to create your panelling layout, try out the Roomix Visualiser Tool. Our tools allow you to input the dimensions and features of your wall and then select your preferred pattern. 


Not only can you visualiser how your panels will look but we will give you the exact measurements on a layout plan so that your design ends up completely symmetrical. No more complicated maths needed!


You can also browse our Wall Panelling Kits, in which we give you everything you need for you panelling project - sized, measured and delivered to you! 


Happy Panelling!