The Power of the Paneled Room

As early as the late 15th century, the world was introduced to the paneled room: insulating the structure and protecting the home owners from severe drafts and cold weather.

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Glazed paneling by Segreto Finishes. Designer Kara Childress.

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Becoming more decorative, intricately carved bosieries became popular in French interiors during the 17th and 18th centuries. Look at the Palace of Versailles or one of my favorite rooms: this dressing area Segreto glazed for designer Kara Childress, published in Architectural Digest, and used as the cover of Segreto Style!!!!

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Glazed paneling by Segreto Finishes.

Today’s modern interiors still use paneling to create architecture. A diversion from the dark stained look, this room was painted and glazed to lend warmth without having a heavy feel. Adding modern touches, designer Julie Dodson created an updated look to the “traditional” paneled room.

 

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Painted options also create the same architecture as wood panel details. In 1939, interior designer Jean-Michel Frank commissioned painter Christian Bérard to design trompe-l’oeil paneling for L’Institut Guerlain in Paris. Also known as Bébé, Christian was a fashion illustrator, designer, set designer and an esteemed painter, with a client list that included Jean Cocteau, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli. Bérard’s design captured a modish, whimsical ingenuity made up of architectural details and French design. British wallpaper house Fromental pays homage to these designs with their ‘Bérard’ wall covering that is hand-painted on a silk ground. The wall covering comes in various combinations of colors and architectural details.


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One of these inspirations by Fromental adorns the walls of a Ritz Carlton residence in Bangkok. The background is dyed silk with paper backing; painting and embroidery were used to create the pattern. At £300 a square metre, it creates an exquisite backdrop to this formal dining room.

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A less expensive option, found on the lovely blog desde my ventana, seems to have a similar design hand-painted over paint.

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Hand painting over grasscloth by Segreto Finishes.

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Painted over installed grass cloth, this wall covering incorporates a beautiful texture to the room.

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Stenciling by Segreto Finishes. Designer Ellie Bale.

Segreto crafted its own version of the paneled room in this powder bath under the stairs (with sloped ceilings and walls). We came up with the idea for designer Ellie Bale to create panel bordering the shape of the wall and ceiling and inset a stencil design in the middle. This made a place for the design to end, so there would be no worry about where the patterns would connect.

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Hand painted paneling by Segreto Finishes.

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Designer Katie Scott used the hand-done panel design we painted as a backdrop for this soothing master bedroom. Notice that it borders the shapes of the vaulted ceiling  to lightly accentuate its architecture. To give a barley there Fresco appearance, the walls were glazed in a warm white to imply that the French blue paneling had faded over time.

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Hand painted paneling over plaster by Segreto Finishes. Designer Lisa Dalton

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Hand painting over plaster by Segreto Finishes.

In an effort to warm up this large scale dining room, Segreto hand-painted a Greek Key design over plaster on both the walls and the ceiling. The resulting architecturally interesting room is minimalistic in effect, which showcases the its beautiful antiques and lovely rug.

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Taping off plastered walls for hand-painted paneling by Segreto Finishes.

Designer Dani Stewart was inspired by the Greek Key design, but wanted a bolder effect. Segreto first plastered the room in a dramatic teal; then, we hand-drew and taped-off the design.

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Hand-painted paneling over plaster by Segreto Finishes. Designer Dani Stewart.

We painted with a gold metallic, which created a wonderful wall treatment once the tape was removed! The final touch was to wax the walls. In this picture, the wall has a lot of movement — which fades as the wax dries.

Below are some painted-paneled room examples that I would love to paint from my Pinterest boards!! Any takers??!!
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 Wouldn’t a paneled wall treatment in a nursery be so sweet? Segreto Boutique has pretty pink boxes and baby’s memory books, closet dividers, and milestone stickers.  Makes me want my kids to hurry up. 

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Comments

  1. Dear Leslie,

    I read your very informative, (was it August 10th or 15th?), post about towels. Can you write a post about sheets? I searched your blog, but did not see one. (Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough.) Thanks!

    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa!! I haven’t written one on sheets! I need to do my research there!! My daughter bought us ours and we love them. Not sure where she purchased! Have a great week!

  2. lois black says:

    Absolutely STUNNING!!!!

  3. Danni Stewart says:

    Lovely!!!!

  4. Leslie you and you oh so talented team of artists truly open up the realm of possibilities for gracious rooms and living! Thank you so much !

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Artist Alex Katz

  5. I always love seeing your talent – adore the dining room you did!! Happy Monday!

  6. I’m glad I didn’t have to tape that room! Lovely as always!

  7. So pretty…love your work!

  8. Hi Leslie, thanks a lot for posting these beauties. 🙂