Stunning wall panelling ideas for your kitchen

Looking to upgrade the look of your kitchen? Then, why not choose wall panelling for your next project? Be it a DIY adventure or professionally installed, use wall panelling to fully transform your space and add a dash of sophistication.

Panelling can work in any room, and create so many different looks, trust me. For example, you could go bold in your kitchen with grand floor-to-ceiling period-inspired panels. Or, why not create a more timeless look in your dining area with a Shaker-style design.

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A modern approach to the classic tile splashback is wood panelling. As with any splashback, make sure you go for a heat resistant and waterproof design that is easy to clean and maintain. Tongue-and-groove boards are usually the easiest to install and they are also very durable, which makes them perfect for a kitchen splashback. If you want to match yours to the cabinetry or add a bright pop of colour, make sure you choose suitable paint that can stand up to steam, grease and any spills, like Dulux’s Easycare emulsion paint or Little Greene’s Intelligent paint range. 

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Now, are you ready to get inspired? Then, get your screenshot button ready and scroll down to pick your favourite style of kitchen wall panels

Kitchen wall panels
Put a twist on the classic tile splashback and choose sleek wall panels that match your cabinetry for a cohesive look. Tip: Add open shelving, too, for added interest and showcase your favourite art and beautiful crockery. Haddon in Charcoal and Burnished Bronze, from £15,000, Kitchen Makers by Burbidge & Son.
Kitchen wall panels
Go all out on wall panelling in your dining room and show your ceiling some love, too. This will help you achieve that cocooning effect – plus, to complete that warm ambiance, choose a cosy alternative for your flooring such as the Sylvan Axminster Carpet, £69.99 per sq m, from Carpetright
Kitchen wall panels
Got a blank wall that needs a little bit of spice? Create the ideal dining spot with help from classic Shaker-style wall panelling in a contrasting shade. Then, add a rustic table and chair set, plus a chic bench for that much-needed extra storage. Fine Crafted Timeless kitchen, priced from £30,000, Life Kitchens.
Simply refresh your space by upgrading an alcove or narrow nook with slim kitchen wall panels, like in the stylish Shaker-style Elmbridge kitchen in Dusk Blue from Howdens
Kitchen wall panels
Did you know you can achieve the look of wall panelling in your kitchen through furniture? Choose door fronts that mimic your favourite wall panelling style and pair them with luxurious textures like marble and velvet. The Margaux bar stool in Bahama cotton matt velvet, £740, from fit this glamorous aesthetic perfectly. 
The Pembroke painted traditional kitchen range from Daval features wall panelling in Storm Blue and Morning Blue finishes on half of the wall. So, if you’re into open shelving with minimal wall-mounted cabinetry, you can create a focal point by using this style of slim kitchen wall panels. Prices start from £10,000.
The design team at Burlanes, worked around the original fireplace and chimney breast of the property to create the statement bespoke floor-to-ceiling shaker panelling in this bespoke Wellsdown kitchen – such a clever design trick. Photography: Sarah London Photographer. 
 For that modern rustic look, swap your old splashback with new wood panelling in a soft shade. Include a mix of textures and finishes to style your design, like aged brass and raw wood, and you can also use a selection of plants and pots from Leaf Envy to add a fresh touch to your kitchen and a pop of personality. My favourite is the Golden Pothos, what’s yours? 
Safety comes first, so make sure you choose heat resistant kitchen wall panels. For example, the Vox Motivo Light wood panels, £55 for a pack of four, from Décor Walls and Flooring check all the boxes – waterproof, fire resistant, easy to clean, plus stylish. 
 You can never go wrong with period-style wall panelling. So, add a sophisticated touch to your kitchen or dining room with a stand-out design, glamorous chairs, statement lighting and a grand table like the Chesire table in Antique grey oak, £2,195 from Sweetpea & Willow.  

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Featured image: Homely kitchen, priced from £30,000, Life Kitchens

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