Wainscoting anyone?

Wainscoting - raised wooden panelling - is something I'm quite partial to. It adds personality and dimension to your walls, and although it dates back to colonial days, you can give it a contemporary spin by simplifying the design and/or having fun with the colour.

This original dark wood panelling is so beautiful and oozes old-world charm.

With the help of your joiner or builder you could bring your walls to life with any of these looks. Do you like these contemporary patterns below or are you more of a traditionalist?