Getting wall paneling right requires knowing what look you want to go for. In some houses, the space being worked with is small and is limited in what options will look good, but in other houses there is much more room for experimentation and expression. The best starting point is to look at the room being decorated and decide what it needs, whether this is to be bigger and brighter or smaller and cozier.
Wall panels are a great thing to use around the house to show off your design skills. This is the main reason panels were used in the past, as people would use wood and glass around their home to show off their wealth and prosperity. Painted wood is still a popular panel to use for this purpose, as it is simple enough to go with most current themes while having the flexibility of colors and highlights. Beadboard was used by those who wanted a more rural look, and is constantly reinvented by designers who want to keep that vintage look going.
Some people choose their panel types by the ease of installation. Glass mosaic tiles, for example, take a long time to create but are actually relatively easy to do. Bamboo panels don’t take long to put in place but can sometimes give away the inexperienced craftsmanship very easily. Some people prefer to buy their panels and then learn piece by piece how to install them. There are no rules in fitting wall panels other than to go with the design that is a personal favorite, as this will be the one that never gets boring.