Elegant & Decorative Bedroom Wall Panels

Published on 3 May 2024 at 13:00

Through this article, we will be looking at ways to create a decorative feature in the bedroom. Given the increased emphasis on the design of our sleeping environments in recent decades adding bedroom wall panels is both practical and attractive.

But the advantages of bedroom panelling are not confined to their looks, they also include performance. They offer impeccable hygiene, sound insulation and added comfort to the room where we spend almost one-third of our lives. Read on to discover the best ways to incorporate bedroom wall panels into your home.

Different Types of Bedroom Wall Panels

There are several different types of wall panels in bedrooms that add elegance and sophistication to the décor. These panels can be a complimentary feature or indeed can become the entire focus of an interior design scheme.

The choice of materials will impact on the style you want to create. Cosy timber or more sophisticated marble effect wall panels make for a very different bedroom décor. Broadly speaking the following choices will provide the best results depending on the style you want to create.

#01     Wood Panels

Traditionally the use of timber panels on walls includes wainscotting and dado rails. A more modern reinterpretation of this decorative treatment in the bedroom is cladding the wall behind the bed in timber panels. The use of timber in the bedroom absorbs sound and provides a cosy wrap-around ambience. A separate upholstered headboard can be added for additional warmth.

#02     Large format ceramic tiles

With advances in manufacturing technology, large format panels are now a popular choice for bedroom wall cladding. The look is seamless and sophisticated thanks to the reduced number of joints.

With marble effect tiles the veining and colour variations of the marble provide an organic decorative effect. Almost like wallpaper but much more hard-wearing and substantial. These large format tiles can be combined with other finishes or detailing for a more statement wall décor.


#03     Vinyl

Nowadays vinyl panels also provide a superior quality option for cladding bedroom walls. The advantages of vinyl over timber and other materials include weight, vinyl is a much lighter material and easy maintenance.

The decorative options are also very varied, with textured or smooth wall panels. Printing technology wood effect wall panels in vinyl are indistinguishable from real timber. Vinyl is warm to the touch and has an added tactile quality that helps absorb sound in the bedroom.


#04     Composite wall panels

With new-generation composite materials design options that were hitherto impossible to manufacture are now available. Composite panels with surface 3D relief are recommended for adding dimension to bedroom walls. They are suitable for larger bedrooms where bathroom elements are incorporated or where the bedroom is divided into zones.

Materials like krion® are practically indestructible and offer a very sculpted aesthetic. These bedroom wall panels look even better under natural light with shadows that change over their surface texture.

Bedroom Wall Panels for Creating Designer Décor

The use of wall panelling dates to Elizabethan architecture when timber-lined walls camouflaged uneven surfaces. Nowadays we use wall panels to create different looks or styles in the bedroom.

Whether it be the minimalist Scandi look or over-the-top maximalism bedroom wall panels can set the mood. We could compare wall panels with priming the canvas. They can be combined with other wall finishes or floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes. You can cover the entire bedroom with panels on all four walls. Or confine a more decorative panel to a single feature wall.

  • Modern contemporary décor: choose concrete effect wall panels or composite 3D options to make a cutting-edge designer statement. Slat wall panels also provide a much more contemporary-looking treatment using timber. The split lath panels are ideal for combining with shelving in the bedroom.
  • Traditional / Rustic style: natural timber is hard to beat for the more traditional feel. Timber profiles and panels can be combined to add rustic character to any room. The texture of wood is highly decorative and can clad an entire wall behind the bed. Wood has a warmth that helps create the cosy ambience we want in bedrooms.
  • Customised décor: bedroom wall panels are easily combined with paint or wallpaper finishes to create tailor-made spaces. The wall panels should always be dominant, whether that be behind the bed or as a feature wall. The bedside tables and reading lights can be incorporated to create a coordinated installation.
  • Panel Arrangements & Patterns: avoid symmetry and be more playful with the arrangement of the wall panels. The panel itself can be treated as a mosaic or alternatively, they can be combined with other finishes. Nevertheless, it’s important to avoid overkill. The best approach is to achieve decorative harmony with finishes that complement one another.

Bedroom Panelling Ideas

The beauty of wall panels is the freedom they provide to create a personalised bedroom space. If the architecture of the room has little or no character, then wall panels will provide it. There are several approaches that are unique to bedroom wall panels to help create the optimum conditions for sleep. One of the following might provide the best solution for your bedroom décor.

  • The traditional headboard can be enhanced or replaced with bedroom wall panels. The panels help establish a hierarchy within the room. The bed is normally the most important element within the space. An additional bedboard can be added in front of the wall panel, textiles and upholstery add another layer of warmth.
  • For bedroom layouts where the bed is not placed against a perimeter wall a half-height partition can act as a headboard and room divider. Adding bedroom wall panels provides additional weight and support for structural stability.
  • Choose a more sober design to line the entire bedroom walls with the same panel. The ‘wrap-around’ look helps create a cocoon-like space with a protective quality. A variation on the look would be a half-panel treatment to wainscot height

Combining Bedroom Wall Panels & Other Decorative Elements

The best results in bedroom design are based on coordination between the different finishes. One of the most important is the choice of flooring. We ideally want to create visual harmony that helps us get into the sleep zone.

Choose a wall panel that combines well with your choice of flooring, whether that be a tiled floor, a natural (or engineered) timber floor or other. That goes for ceilings as well. Coving and timber panelling on bedroom ceilings will add greatly to the wrap-around ambience of bedroom design.

In addition, the choice of bedroom furniture should complement the wall panels. Bedside lockers, dressing tables and ottomans at the end of a bed can add to the overall effect. Mix and match different materials and textures for the best results. Cane furniture for example is the ideal complement to timber wall panels.

Discover the Endless Possibilities of Bedroom Wall Panels

Through this article, we have explored the decorative possibilities of bedroom wall panels. Their transformative powers include adding character and aiding sleep with sound insulation properties. To see the full range of options first hand we recommend visiting your nearest Porcelanosa showroom. Make an appointment to discover options that you’ve never even dreamed of or drop us a line to find out more.


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