The only type of groove I seem to be able to get jiggy with these days is with a V groove. I’m talking good old fashioned tongue and groove wall paneling that’s made its way, via my Pinterest boards, into the annex and it’s looking fabulous. One thing that’s a niggle for me, especially in new builds is their cubie sqaure-iness. While a line of architects will be passing out at my blasphemy, I like to add some texture to walls. And I’m not the only one; wall paneling and lincrusta wallpapers have all been ways to historically add texture to our flat walls.
So when it came to designing the annex I know the new build was in danger of looking like a crisp white box and for me it’s not hip to be square. So I started looking at ways to get some interest into the large open plan space without compromising the sleek contemporary appearance.
Because this is a timber clad building set in the countryside in the woods I though traditional tongue and groove would be interesting. But rather than the traditional style I wanted a clean and contemporary look. Pinterest was a brilliant too to research this look. You can see my board here, but here are some of my favourite inspirational images.
I love the way that wall paneling blends in to almost disguise fitted storage. This creates a sleek back drop on which to you then accessorise with colour. Opting for a V-groove T&G rather than the country bead is a more modern look.
The same T&G used for the walls in this timber house has been cleverly incorporated in the kitchen cupboard design. I like the way it’s all painted in the same neutral which gives a very spacious and calming appearance.
These handle-less kitchen cupboards look fabulous taken all the way up to the ceiling. The vertical lines really celebrate and accentuate the tall ceilings. I rather like the way the island has been painted a shade darker too.
This beautiful and considered kitchen design would look great in an open plan space. For me in open plan living the kitchen should melt into the background and not be the star of the show. This kitchen would work really well for this- and yet the V groove gives the cupboards some texture and interest, along with yards of that gorgeous marble.
I totally love the nerdy attention to detail, with the V grooves on the wall matching up exactly with the grooves in the door. I will defo be stealing this idea and I think it’s the perfect contemporary twist to traditional country Tongue & Groove paneling. Watch this space as we’ll be revealing how I’ve used T&G paneling into our very modern Annex project in a future post.