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Style Ideas with Carpet Court’s New DIY Elevate Wall Panelling

DIY Elevate Wall Panels | Style Stories

Darren PalmerDarren has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.


How are Carpet Court’s Elevate range relevant to current styles and trends?

Carpet Court’s Elevate Wall Panels can be used to recreate a number of different looks in your home. Elevate wall panels are the perfect DIY product with a simple peel and stick installation. It's easy to create an accent wall, feature ceiling or even spruce up your kitchen’s island bench. When choosing the colour, first think about the trend you’re looking to recreate and what the common visual cues are.

For a Hamptons look, use natural and aged oaks, walnut and chocolate tones; or whites and aged greys for a more nautical feel. To create a Boho feel, bleached white timbers will help create a relaxed shabby-chic mood.

To implement a Scandi look, oaks, greys and whites are the go-to colours. If you want to incorporate the latest evolution of Scandi, which blends the Japanese approach of wabi-sabi with Scandinavian design - Japandi - you can look to introduce black timber to the mix.

For an industrial look, use aged or weathered timber textures with a contrasting black, such as Elevate’s ‘Storm Grey’ or ‘Urban Trends’ stains. For a contemporary look, the world is your oyster.

Ensure you do your research. Create a mood board and look to interiors magazines to inform your decision of what will work for your home.

With timber flooring, is it best to match or contrast tones?

When it comes to timber colour choices, you can have two different tones working side by side, provided each of them have other elements within the spaces as a reference.

If you have a grey timber floor for example, you can have oak occasional furniture such as side tables and consoles, pairing with kitchen stools and the legs of larger scale furniture such as sofas and occasional chairs. You can tie in the grey throughout the space with décor and soft furnishings to achieve a consistent look.

If you’re going to try to match timber tones, it needs to be just right because if it’s not, the result will often be jarring.

Can wall panelling be used to zone spaces?

Timber panelling can be an excellent way to define and zone out particular spaces. You can apply it to your kitchen ceiling to set it apart from the living space, or feature wall panelling in the dining room to give the room its own individual purpose and visual anchor.

Panelling can be used as an effective bedhead or to line the ceiling or wall of a hallway, creating added visual interest in the otherwise plain walkway. The bigger the area, the greater the need to tone down the impact of the visual statement to avoid being overwhelmed.

Vertical vs horizonal panelling - Where should each be used and why?

When applying any material or finish with a linear pattern to a wall, you need to understand the visual rules and how they will affect the appearance of the wall’s and space’s proportions.

If you want to make a low ceiling look taller, use vertical lines running up to the ceiling to give the impression of the wall having more height. If you have a narrow wall, using horizontal lines will push the adjoining walls further apart visually, making the wall seem wider. It really is that simple!

Which styling accessories would you recommend for each interior look you’ve referenced?

If you’re aiming to create a Hamptons look, seek out nautical elements such as soft corals, elegant linens, rustic rope and sisal flooring or textured rugs. For a traditional feel, go for striped fabrics, faded florals and paisley prints. For a modern take on this look, go for wide nautical stripes in colours like deep black, stone grey or buttercup yellow against white.

To put together a dramatic industrial look, black metal is the easiest way to create impact and contrast, whether through interior décor pieces, larger pieces of furniture or dark mirror frames. To create texture, look for materials in tan or aged brown leathers and concrete references. Don’t forget that these schemes will need some softness in the form of cottons, velvets and linens.

For a Japandi look, find oak pieces that celebrate organic imperfection. Sticking to a palette of black, white, oak and grey can give you a great result, but don’t be afraid to introduce some colour, such as hints of pastels in your decorating choices.

To craft your very own Boho paradise, you’ll want to find items that appear handmade. Woven and hand-carved items from your travels or reclaimed furniture can add an authentic edge to a space.


DIY Elevate Wall Panels | Style Stories

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