Ch..ch..ch..changes! (And some pretty panelling!)

Phew, it’s been a busy couple of weeks. We’ve been making some pretty big decisions around here and in the middle of it all, our little man turned 9 and we whizzed off to London for a weekend of fun, frolics and football! Birthdays are a tiring business, am I right?! We have had such a fantastic week though and school finishes for the Easter break today so we can all collapse in a heap next week! (Thank goodness!)

So, back to those decisions…remember how I said we were going to rip our ground floor apart and create this amazing new space? Yeah, that’s not happening…*smiles through gritted teeth*…When it all came down to it, (and following some late night heart to hearts, with the builder waiting for our phone call) we decided that whilst we have a dream for our home, there are other dreams that might never become a reality if we commit ourselves financially (and practically) to all that work right now. Suddenly, going ahead with the plan we had made, didn’t seem so vital. Isn’t it funny how you convince yourself something is important until you suddenly realise it’s just not! I fear I may have got carried away with something that was only really important to me! I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a roller-coaster in the last few weeks but we are making some exciting changes which will hopefully mean that those big plans for our home are just postponed and not cancelled.

So, having put those plans on the back burner, obviously, I am now thinking about all the other stuff that needs doing around here! Goodness knows, there’s enough of it! I have had an on-going desire to add some panelling to our home somewhere. Every time I think about it, I imagine it in a different area and in my research, some of the inspiration has literally got me wanting to jump up and cover every wall in panelling of some kind – whether it’s tongue and groove, wainscoting, board and batten, I love it all and I think it adds so much interest and character.

Small bathroom with panelling

Small bathroom with panelling

Since we moved in, I have wanted to ‘glam up’ our downstairs W/C and this picture shows exactly the sort of look I have in my mind. Not only is it super glamorous and classy, it’s also really practical (I think we can all agree that wallpaper on the lower half of the wall in a bathroom would not be ideal).

As I’ve mentioned before, for a while now, our son has been throwing around the idea of moving from his current bedroom into our larger guest bedroom and we had been putting him off until the renovations we were planning on the ground floor had been completed. Now that those plans have been shelved for the time-being, there is no reason to delay and I think we all agree that he would benefit from the larger room a great deal more than our occasional overnight guests!

Board and Batten in the Bedroom

Board and Batten in the Bedroom

This bedroom from Shanty 2 Chic has obviously been designed for a much younger child but I can’t tell you how much I love the look. Even the colours would be great for our bigger boy. I must show him this and see what he thinks.

Panelling and Pictures from Young House Love

Panelling and Pictures from Young House Love

Since finishing our gallery wall, I have fallen for it a little bit more every day and now I want to cover ALL the walls in pictures! This hallway from Young House Love is one of my favourite inspirations and I think our hallway is crying out for this combination of panelling and pictures.

Tongue and Groove Panelling

Tongue and Groove Panelling from Lauren Leonard Interiors

This tongue and groove panelling is also a great look for a hallway and I really like the way the pictures have been hung on the panelling rather than restricting them to the space above.

One of my favourite spaces in blogland - Thrifty Decor Chick

One of my favourite spaces in blogland – Thrifty Decor Chick

Thrifty Decor Chick has used panelling in her living area and one of my favourite things about it is the way the white of the panelling shows off the colour above. It means you can afford to go a bit bolder with the colour since the majority of the wall is white or cream.

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