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How to transform your Hallway with Traditional Panelling

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When we renovated our home back in 2015 there were a stack of jobs that had to be moved onto the “nice to have” list! You know the scenario! The funds just won’t stretch to cover absolutely everything and good things come to those who wait, hey!?

I’ve always loved panelling, whether it be in a grand stately home or in a family home. I think it adds a warm country, cosy feel to any home.


So where did I start?
I get asked this question alot. “I’m not a DIYer so who do I need to contact to fit panelling? A decorator, a joiner, a handyman?”

For this type of job you need a joiner or carpenter.

How did I find a joiner?
I had a look at some facebook reviews and also put a message on my personal facebook page to see if anyone could recommend anyone locally.

I then contacted 3 companies based on recommendations and reviews, who all came out to quote.

I went with a local company called Chester Joinery who were brilliant.

What next?
The first job was to get the radiator off the wall so I contacted my plumber to come and remove it. It was literally a 20 minute job.

Panelling day!
I was like a kid on Christmas Day! Watching the joiners every move to learn how it should be done! The tricky parts around the radiator pipes and the plug sockets were done in minutes and the whole job of fitting the tongue and groove in the hallway and cloakroom were done in a matter of a couple of hours.

How are the panels fitted to the wall?
It was a mixture of glue and nails. Each panel was glued to the wall and nails were hammered in at an angle every 3rd or 4th panel.

Preparation for painting

My least favourite part of decorating! I’m so impatient and just want to get the paint on but my sensible husband loves all the prep so he got busy with the masking tape whilst I bathed the kids! Anything to get out of bath-time!

Prime Time
Then it was time to prime the wood. Again not a particularly fun part of the process but essential if the wood isn’t already primed. The paint will chip off if you don’t.

Colour Time
The moment I had been waiting for! It was now finally time to get the paint on the panels. I went with Pigeon by Farrow and Ball. Well it’s a shade of green, how could I not!

Adding the finishing touches


Our hallway isn’t the biggest so we always wanted a mirror on the wall to help give a feeling of space. It took us years to figure out what would work best in the space mainly due to an awkwardly placed light switch. The addition of a pair of mirrors (following a moment of inspiration) has worked beautifully! These mirrors are from nkuku and I have to say I absolutely love them!

Plant & Belly Basket

Behold the rise of the belly basket! I just love them. They’ve been around for a while now and they just never look dated. Both the plant (sorry no idea what it’s actually called!) and the belly basket are from Ikea

Door mat

(Ad-gifted) No hallway would be complete without a trusty door mat and as many of you know I have a thing about Turtle Mat door mats. When they asked if I’d like a personalised Greenbank mat I jumped at the chance! Everyone comments on it when they come to visit!


(Ad-gifted) This Turtle Mat Maple runner gave me the autumnal feel I was looking for. It also works beautifully against the green of the panelling. I just love their gorgeous patterns and the fact they go in the washing machine!

Panelling also helped to transform our cloakroom too!

We are absoutely thrilled with the result! Good things really do come to those who wait!

For more “How to’s” around the home head to my blog page.

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