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I don’t think I’m alone in thinking home has never been more important. And it’s not just because we have no choice but to be spending a lot more time at home now, but because living somewhere that feels safe, comforting, cosy, and perhaps organised and with a sense of flow, is great for our mental health in uncertain times.
And while many are pressing pause on major renovations, for obvious reasons, there’s a whole world of DIY home improvements we can all be getting stuck into with more time on our hands. My friends have always told me the little things about my own place bother me more than most because I work here and notice them all the time. And I think they’re right! When you notice the same things day in, and day out, they get irritating and the sense of urgency to finish them ramps up!
This home is an amazing example of the difference the little things can make. The owner of this project home has taken it to a next level, expensive looking, character filled, unique residence. And much of that is due to simple timber moulding and paint (as well as a good splash of marble!). Expanses of blank white walls are not exactly cocooning, but panelled walls in contrasting colours, are a game changer, don’t you think?
Wall panelling has been gaining popularity for quite a while now, whether that’s wainscoting, whole walls of VJ or super impactful, detailed, more traditional Hamptons looks. I can’t get enough and I personally installed (well, my carpenter did) wainscoting in our dining room when we renovated. It’s actually pretty easy to do these things yourself though, and the video below from Intrim shows you just how. If you don’t believe me, there’s also more of a guide here.
Bear in mind there are two kinds of wainscoting you can install: recessed panel and raised panel. And it’s the latter that’s a plausible (and very cost-effective) DIY job. Raised panel wainscoting is where the inlay mould is fixed directly to the wall to create a multi ‘picture frame’ across the wall look. It’s relatively simple and excellent for homes where you are looking to add some more subtle detailing without a heavy, traditional Hamptons or American style influence. The video above explains it much better!
Intrim are an Australian-owned business so they’re not experiencing any issues with supply. You can get free samples sent to your door and they can even offer virtual meetings to make sure you’re making the right decisions, measuring up correctly, and to answer all your design questions.