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  • Writer's pictureJames Treble

Textures For Character

In the relentless pursuit of transforming interiors swiftly and effectively, paint has long been championed as the go-to weapon. Unquestionably, the addition of colour holds the power to shape the character of our homes, directing emotions, and even manipulating spatial perceptions. However, in the realm of rapid and dramatic change, cladding emerges as a formidable contender. Cladding, with its inherent three-dimensional nature, boasts not only a visual pattern but also a tactile appeal. Very attractive.


Before & After images of the Guest Room of the Umina House
Before & After images of the Guest Room of the Umina House

In my recent renovation, cladding became a strong element of change. In the bedrooms, the Silhouette Channel 25 profile by Easycraft, featuring a deep and squared groove of evident vertical lines, was the profile of choice. Placed strategically in the guise of wainscoting (1200 mm from the floor), these panels not only injected character into the room but also helped camouflage the aftermath of wall tampering – a necessary evil for the addition of wall sconces either side of the beds. Upon entering the rooms now the first impression of the horizontal wainscoting line creates an illusion of spaciousness – an optical game at play.

In the living room, a brand new wall also received the cladding treatment, spanning from floor to ceiling. Enter the classic Easycraft V-groove panel easyVJ 100. Its application was swift, easy, and resolute, running along a substantial portion of the living room and  around the corner where it extends seamlessly into the hallway. This profile, a timeless classic, introduced plenty of visual texture without overpowering the space.

An entire wall of cladding brings contemporary character to a renovated home
An entire wall of cladding brings contemporary character to a renovated home

To ensure each of the cladding textures stood out, a touch of colour was introduced to the cladding, yielding an outstanding result… So, whether amidst a renovation frenzy or not, my proposition to you stands: consider cladding as a fast and effective way to infuse character into your rooms. Its swift and straightforward application, coupled with the allure of three-dimensional patterns, makes it a logical choice for those seeking a rapid transformation.


Now, a Treble of Tips:

  1. Horizontal lines can make a room feel wider, while vertical lines elevate the sense of height. It's all about visual illusions, my friends.

  2. Not a fan of colourful feature walls? Fear not! Cladding offers the perfect solution to infuse character through textures also in monochromatic ways.

  3. If you're planning to add the cladding in the bedroom I suggest focussing on the wall where your bed rests. But hey, don't let me limit your creativity – feel free to explore textures wherever your heart desires!

All of the products used in this renovation are listed HERE. Watch the online renovation show to see more of this house transformation. James Bought A House is online and free to stream on YouTube or at

James Treble has three decades of accumulated experience in the Building Industry, Real Estate and Interior Design and regularly shares his knowledge and experience in adding value to properties through effective design & styling. James is also an ambassador for Planet Ark and firmly believes in sensible purchasing, recycling and creative re-purposing. Watch his free videos on YouTube, and follow him on Facebook and Instagram for plenty of Design information. Watch his Online Series to see how an Interior Designer renovates his own home.


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