Ten bedrooms with elegant wood panelling for a cosy atmosphere


For our latest Dezeen lookbook we’ve collected 10 bedrooms from homes across the world, from a cabin in Finland to an apartment complex in Thailand, that all feature wood panelling.


Warm, polished wood panels add an organic feel to the starkest of interiors. In bedrooms, it can create a cosy, comforting vibe, and is also sturdier and more practical than wallpaper.

The wood used in these lookbooks ranges from dark oak creating a mid-century modern feel to lighter wooden panels that nod to Nordic interiors.

This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration for designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include homes with exposed concretepurple interiors and living rooms with statement rugs.


SRG House by Fox Johnston
Photography is by Anson Smart Photography

SRG House, Australia, by Fox Johnston

When local studio Fox Johnston renovated this modernist home in Sydney, it aimed to create a design interweaving the old and the new.

In the bedroom, dark wooden panels nod to mid-century modern interiors but a concrete ceiling and pale pastel-coloured textiles keep the space looking up to date. An abstract artwork and a slender black bedside lamp complete the interior.

Find out more about SRG House ›


Bedroom with wooden panelling
Photography is by Joe Fletcher

Moore House, US, by Woods + Dangaran

This mid-century residence in Los Angeles features large windows that open up to California‘s verdant climate. In the bedroom, the nature outside the windows is echoed inside through the use of green plants and teak finishes.

A classic rice lamp by Isamu Noguchi and a comfortable Eames lounge chair in black leather and wood match the wood panelling, which has black borders for a graphic feel.

Find out more about Moore House ›


Bedroom in Penthouse BV by Adjo Studio
Photography is by Renaat Nijs

Penthouse BV, Belgium, by Adjo Studio

Large wooden joinery elements were used to organise this penthouse apartment in Hasselt, Belgium, including a cherry-wood wall in the bedroom.

The rest of the interior of the room has been kept in neutral grey, white and brown hues, underlining the subtle luxury of the materials used.

Find out more about Penthouse BV ›


Walnut wall panelling
Photography is courtesy of Hôtel Madame Rêve

Hotel Madame Rêve, France, by Laurent Taïeb

A former post office near the Louvre museum in Paris was turned into a luxury hotel by hotelier Laurent Taïeb. Inspired by the motto “life must be golden”, the colour scheme features rich, saturated hues of gold, tan and brown.

In the bedrooms, angled walnut wood panelling adds interesting patterns to the walls and matches the pale golden colours of the bed’s headboard and throw.

Find out more about Hotel Madame Rêve ›


Wooden bedroom in Finnish cabin
Photography is by Marc Goodwin, Archmospheres

Niliaitta, Finland, by Studio Puisto

This black-painted cabin is raised on a single pillar in a Finnish national park. Inside, light wooden panels line almost every surface in a design that was intended to focus the eye on the views of the surrounding forest.

“The landscape that opens from this window intentionally dominates the rest, as the interior is done purposefully so that it would only serve as a neutral, blank canvas second to the nature outside,” explained the studio.

Find out more about Niliaitta ›


Island Rest holiday home in Isle of Wight designed by Ström Architects
Photography is by Nick Hufton of Hufton + Crow

Island Rest, UK, by Ström Architects

Beams of blackened larch wood clad the exterior of the Island Rest holiday home on England’s Isle of Wight. The wooden theme continues inside, where light panelling was used for both the floor and the walls of the bedroom.

A shiny golden bedside lamp, a knitted bed throw and an animal hide-rug add tactile interest and a more rustic feel to the smooth wooden interior.

Find out more about Island Rest ›


Balcones Residence by Clayton and Little
Photography is by Nick Simonite

Balcones Residence, US, by Clayton & Little

US studio Clayton & Little gave the 1950s Balcones Residence a meticulous renovation that kept its original brickwork and warm mahogany panelling.

Gleaming dark wood creates a snug feel in the bedroom, where it is complemented by a dark cork floor. Matching bedside tables and a Nelson Pear Wall Sconce by designer George Nelson make the space feel a little like a luxurious hotel room.

Find out more about Balcones Residence ›


House P by MDDM Studio
Photography is by Jonathan Leijonhufvud

House P, China, by MDDM Studio

The interior of House P in China is drenched in bright yellow hues, but the bedroom has been kept in more natural tones. The built-in bed nook is lined with ash wood to create a different atmosphere.

“As the house is playing with a very simple colour scheme, we wanted to give the master bedroom a more articulated and warm atmosphere,” designer Momo Andrea Destro told Dezeen.

Find out more about House P ›


Lom Haijai by Studionomad
Photography is by Supee Juntranggur

Lom Haijai, Thailand, by Studionomad

This wooden apartment block in Bangkok by architecture practice Studionomad features trees growing through the louvres of its facade.

Its interiors continue the natural theme, with wood panel-lined bedrooms adjacent to terraced spaces. The dark wood contrasts against white walls, while green plants underline the organic feel.

Find out more about Lom Haijai ›


Wood-lined bedroom in Maine house
Photography is by Rob Karosis

Astor Residence, US, by SPAN Architecture

This remote retreat overlooks Western Bay on the Maine coast and features a garden informed by Chinese architecture.

Its guesthouse has a primary bedroom on the top floor of the house, which features a wraparound terrace and wood panelling. Local materials, including cedar and Douglas fir, were used throughout the house.

Main image is from Moore House by Joe Fletcher.

This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen’s image archive.

For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing texture-heavy restaurant interiorsliving rooms with statement rugs and homes with exposed concrete blockwork.



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