The boiserie is a cladding that decorates the walls with panels that can be of various materials and finishes. It is therefore a paneling to be applied to the perimeter walls of an interior and can be of various types: continuous surface composed of multilayer wood elements, flush with the wall, in natural stone, oak, metal, walnut, elm, larch. The most common model is certainly the wooden one, but other types are also more and more frequent in relation to the style you have decided to adopt for your environment.
A boiserie suitable for any furnishing style
Using a boiserie to cover a wall will have a great impact on the reference style of the environment and, consequently, on the furniture that you will decide to use. To a classic style it is advisable to combine a wood paneling, whose finish will be chosen according to the surrounding furniture; the wood covering can be a solution for offices and studios that require a serious and very professional style. A fabric boiserie is preferable in case you decide to opt for a more modern style, while a metal boiserie is more suitable for industrial or minimal furniture. A marble boiserie is certainly a less common and more demanding choice, but able to enrich the environment with elegance and light.
Wooden boiserie: aesthetics and functionality
Among the different types of boiserie, certainly the most widespread is the wooden one. This type of covering is suitable for any type of environment: from the kitchen to the living room, from the living room to the bedroom. The wooden panels that cover the walls can be of different finishes and colors and this allows us to better customize the space you decide to decorate. There are many wood species available that allow us to have, for example, wood paneling in walnut, elm or oak.
The wood, in addition to giving an elegant style to our environment, thanks to its physical characteristics, also manages to ensure thermal properties that allow us to isolate our space from humidity and cold making the rooms comfortable.
Boiserie and design
One of the main characteristics of the boiserie is to be a very ductile and modular element. Thanks to this feature, it is in fact possible to think of a space that can include boiserie with bookcases or boiserie with walk-in closets. In fact, using the same principle of classic boiserie and using the same finishes and materials, it is possible to complete your living room with equipped walls or even the bedroom with a special shelving.
This particular type of ceiling boiserie, also called coffered boiserie, can represent a valid alternative to the use of the false ceiling.
Another element that further characterizes the design of this particular type of coating is the possibility or not to incorporate a lighting system, we are talking in this case of boiserie with integrated lighting, an innovative solution that allows to minimize the visual impact of lamps and spotlights.
Boiserie from the 17th century to the present day
The term boiserie is derived from bois which in French means wood. This particular type of furniture, which is very widespread today, has a very long history and spreads especially in 17th and 18th century stately buildings; its primary function was to decorate the interiors and in particular it was used to cover the walls of the ceremonial rooms. Beautiful inlays or paintings were also made on the woodwork. In addition to their purely ornamental purpose, boiseries also performed a more practical function of protection from the cold and humidity in the home.
Over the years the decorations on the paneling have gradually disappeared and today their function is mainly to give the rooms of the houses a touch of elegance.