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4 Types of Wood Paneling Styles Used in Interiors

Wood Paneling Styles

Wood panels add beauty and elegance to any style of d├ęcor. They enhance the dull look of the plain wall and can be laid in various styles like horizontal, vertical, wainscoting. Wood panels are available in a variety of shapes, colours, textures, sizes and shapes to suit any particular style.


  • Acts as a decorative finishing material.
  • Feature walls in residential and commercial projects.
  • Articulate the joints of floors and walls.
  • Protect and conceal any material joints.

In this article, we will discuss 4 types of Wood Paneling styles.

1.3D Wall Panels

3D Panels give a 3-dimensional effect to walls which will enhance the dull look of the wall. Panels create an optical illusion/give a spacious feel to the room.

Available in a variety of shapes, themes, textures.



  • Enhance the look and feel of a plain wall
  • Few panels are economical depending on the type of material
  • Water, thermal, fire resistance as per the type of material
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to maintain


  • As technology is growing fast, older designs fade away fast.
  • Few panels trick the human eye that the wall has different dimension/space.

Distinct Styles of wood panels:

  • Carved wood panels
    • Textured patterns with an characteristic look that is both traditional and contemporary.
  • Chizel wood panels
    • Bespoke patterns with great variety of textures.
  • Chromatic wood panels
    • Complements for antique and charred wood effect.
  • Crossfuse wood panels
    • Creates a exceptional visual look and a dramatic experience.
  • Pattern play wood panels
    • Expressive Aesthetics with repetitive patterns.
Carved wood panel
Crossfuse wood panels

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Chizel wood panel
Pattern play wood panels
Chromatic wood panel

You can view more at https://archsystems.com/products/search/wood-panels

2.Vertical Panels

A series of panels laid on the wall vertically from floor to ceiling. Available with different groove profiles mostly u and v groove profiles). Vertical panels create an illusion of height.


Surface Texture : smooth and textured.

Groove Profile: U groove, V groove, channel

Thickness varies from 4mm to 30mm depending on the type of material.

3.Horizontal Panels

A series of panels laid on the wall horizontally from one to another or apart. Available with different groove profiles mostly u and v groove profiles). Horizontal panels create an illusion of width.


Surface Texture: Smooth and Textured.

Groove Profile : U groove, V groove, channel

Thickness varies from 4mm to 30mm depending on the type of material.


Wainscoting is a term referring to wooden decorative paneling applied to lower 3-4ft of an interior wall. It consists of panel and frame. They are like repeated architectural motifs on walls. Traditionally was made of solid wood, but these days wainscoting is also made from plywood, plastic, and MDF.

Purpose of Wainscoting:

For centuries, it was used as a wall accent, insulation and to prevent damage to walls. In modern buildings, it acts as a decorative feature.

Used in Lobby’s/entries, stairways, family rooms, dining spaces, kids room, baths, etc.

Ssurface Finish : Commonly painted.

Types/Styles of Wainscoating:

  • Raised Panel Wainscoting
  • Flat Panel Wainscoting
  • Board and Batten
  • Beadboard

Raised Panel Wainscoting


Made up of raised and fielded panels that are glued, pinned, assembled at workshop. Has skirting boards, paneling and top trims.

Flat Panel Wainscoting


Board and Batten


Consists of boards/panels and thin strips of wood alternatively. The top and bottom usually has a wider rail. The width of the boards is usually 1-foot-wide and battens about 1/2-inch wide.



Engineered wooden substrates are used as the core to which thin vertical strips of hardwood are applied. Wooden tiles are interlocked in a tongue and groove system. One edge of the tile is protruded and the edge has a groove.

They are installed at standard heights : 32,36,40,and 44 inches.

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