10 Wood Panelling Trends For Walls in 2023

13 Jul 2023

There was a time when wood panelling on walls was associated with the dark halls and creaking floors of stuffy mansions. Now, decorative wood panels for walls from its overbearing ancestors and consistently proves itself a must-have home trend in modern and character homes alike.

We’ve rounded up ten beautiful wood wall panelling trends that are sure to add interest and style to your new build or renovation.

1. Vertical Wood PanelLing

Vertical is IN. From exterior cladding to interior feature walls, vertical wood slat panels are one of the easiest ways to increase the feeling of height in your ceilings and add a sleek and stylish point of difference to almost any room in your home.

Whether you are looking to cover an entire wall or simply a feature section, vertical wood panelling will give your room a sleek, on-trend look right out of the pages of your favourite lookbooks.

Pictured product above: RECM3040 Onslow Timber Wall Cladding  If you want to see any of our flooring, decking or cladding before coming in to see us,  you can simply request a free sample. Just click on the product link and select ‘Request a sample’.


2. Horizontal Wood PaneLling

Not a fan of the vertical look? Many designers love to use horizontal wood wall panelling for a more classic feature wall. The vertical look can also add the impression of length and space to a room.

Horizontal wood panels help to bridge the interior-exterior divide, bringing warm, natural tones into an otherwise stark, monotone environment.

Product pictured above: RECM3040 Onslow Rustic 190mm

3. Wide Wood PaneLling

Go bold with wide decorative wood panels for walls. Especially popular among European designers, these wall panels lend a sleek, modern and spacious feel to any space.

Product pictured above: HW31016 Aspen Raw PurePanel


Wood panelling can also make a beautiful statement on your ceiling. For a range of projects including residential, commercial or hospitality, whether the panelling on the ceiling is on it's own or continued from other parts of the space, it can make a striking impact on the design.

Pictured Products above: On ceilings and walls, Columba Plank from Havwoods Italian Collection. On floors, Amazon Wide from Havwoods Venture Plank range. 

5. BATTEN Wood PanelLing

Batten wood panelling is big right now, in both interior and exterior design. With the right application, installing some batten wood panelling on your walls can infuse your room with an incredible sense of style. Try pairing a batten feature wall with sultry dark interior paints and Scandi or Industrial design elements. 

6. PaneLling in Entranceways

Love the idea of incorporating some wood wall panelling into your interior design but don’t want to commit to it in your main living spaces? Wood panelling in entrance halls and mudrooms is a big style trend continuing in 2023 and will make a lasting impression on anyone visiting your home.

From natural wood tones to painted timber panels, your entrance hall is a safe space to play with something just that little bit different. 

Pictured product below: HW961 Amendo Rustic

7. Geometric Wood PaneLling

If you are looking for the wood panel ‘wow factor’, a feature wall made up of recurring or random shapes may be just what you are looking for. Think squares, circles, cubes and triangles - whatever timber-based art takes your fancy can be yours with the clever application of wood panelling.

Our clients often ask us to use our products in new and interesting ways and we love to see their bold ideas come together in stunning features as seen below at Batch Espresso in Sydney. This project is custom stained by our client using Havwoods Rustic Unfinished boards from the V Collection, designed by Giant Design and installed by LFC Construction Services and Impression Projects.

Image Credit: Sky High Creative.

8. Patterned Wood PanelLing

Patterned wood wall panelling is a stunning trend right out of the European style books. The use of patterning and clever design repetitions speak to the traditional French parquet which has found new life as a wall panelling trend around the world.

With clever design and application, as well as the right wood panelling product, a European style of wood panelling has the potential to take your home design from zero to chic in an instant.

Similar to product pictured: HW3570 Mascot Herringbone

9. Painted Wood PaneLling

Many of us can be purists when it comes to timber products, preferring a natural wood grain aesthetic. But if you have enough timber in your home already and are still looking for depth and texture design additions, consider the incredibly popular painted wood wall panelling trend. Painted wood wall panelling delivers texture and depth, adding an extra dimension to your interiors.

Pictured product above: RECM2200 Reclaimed Painted Pine Chevron

10. Reclaimed Wood PanelLing

Reclaimed timber is a wonderful interior trend - whether you intend to use it for flooring, walls, or even as a ceiling feature. Choose reclaimed wood panelling for a sustainable and stylish option. These panels not only look good but also tell a story, infusing your home with a sense of history.

Pictured product above: RECM2025 Reclaimed Barn Oak

Make Your First Impression Count With Panelling

Whether you're considering a panelled feature wall or bespoke timber cabinetry, Havwoods' PurePanel and other products are designed for versatile applications on walls, ceilings, and more.

Havwoods’ PurePanel is a specific panelling product that is thinner and manufactured specifically to be used as wall cladding, bespoke cabinetry, or detailed and creative joinery. However, all of Havwoods internal engineered timber flooring products can be used as internal cladding and panelling on walls, ceilings and more. 

Our showrooms in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Melbourne have over 200 different products, so you can see and feel the difference in real life. 

Can’t make it in? No problem! Requesting free samples from our range is quick and easy. You can also make a virtual showroom appointment and visit Havwoods from the comfort of your own home or office in a personalised virtual consultation. 

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