I had wood paneling in my home as a child. I do believe it’s for this reason I hope a special place in my heart for the stuff. However I know it’s not for everyone. It takes a unique personal and design aesthetic to pull off this dated element. Still, I think it can be done, and I think maybe you are already interested seeing as you’re reading a post about wood paneling.
Leave It Alone
It’s beautiful. I swear. It’s such a nod to retro design that it is a shame to have it removed. So don’t. Instead, think about loving the beauty that is wood paneling.
This rustic and modern pairing is insanely popular right now. If you’re lucky enough to have a room with some wood paneling, then show it the hello i
Try to make it only slightly less overwhelming by adding in pieces to help soften it. Add airy white curtains to the windows. Think about adding soft and fluffy throw pillows, or a big old cream shag area rug. These are all going to make the wood paneling less daunting, and instead feel more welcoming.
You Can Paint It
I know I know, painting wood in any form like this is hard for some of you. However painting this paneling creates a vastly different look to a space. It gives just a little bit of character that you might desperately be looking for.
Oh and you don’t just have to paint it white. Paint it dark blue. Paint it something dramatic. Seeing painted panels like this makes the space feel much more unique. It gives the feeling that you put thought into your room, and this was planned all along for you.
Rooms that Work Best with Paneling
I mean obviously a great study is going to contain walls that have wood paneling. Obviously. So if you have that extra room in your home and you don’t know what to do with it, well here’s an idea. If you have a home that has a room with wall to wall wood paneling. Don’t remove it, just turn it into the office that it should be.
I love the look of a little bathroom that has panelling going up only part way. A bathroom with wall to wall paneling is too much, I’m sorry, it just is. However a bathroom with some beautiful wainscoting is just filled with a whole mess of character.
Okay maybe not every wall. That would be too much in a bedroom, I mean after-all it should be a serene setting. However having a wall of wood paneling, in either vertical or horizontal paneling, behind the bed makes a statement. It’s beautiful.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is a Los Angeles decorator and also writes for the blog Rhiannon’s Interiors.