If you think wood paneling always makes a room feel chaotic (or worse, dark and musty!), think again. When done well, wood paneling looks seriously stylish and instantly introduces texture-rich dimension. Whether you want to add paneling to your house—or need a few ways to update your existing walls—get inspired by the below wood paneling ideas and see how the pros do it. And we promise these examples will help your shiplap stand out in a good way.
Daniela Holt Voith, the Founding Partner and Director of Design at Voith and Mactavish Architects, helped design this home, which was converted from a historic barn. The wood was salvaged and reused in other ways.
If you're a big fan of color *and* wood paneling, look no further than this Identitè Collective-designed bunkroom.
This dining room designed by Jamie Drake proves that wood paneling is cool beyond its farmhouse roots. The thick seamless wood panels extend from the walls to the ceiling and feature a crisp white paint for a fresh take on wood paneling.
This bathroom is approachable and cozy to live in, yet "the details stop and make you pay attention," says designer and architect Jeffrey Dungan. This is mostly thanks to the rich materials. The wood-paneled ceiling brings warmth and an extra dose of dimension thanks to the exposed beams assembled in the opposite direction of the panels.
Just because you have wood wall panels doesn't mean you can't paint the entire room a fun color or experiment with textured paints. Envelop the whole space in a bright lacquer from floor to ceiling for a high impact, wall paneling or no wall paneling.
This technique allows you to keep the woodgrain texture of walls, but not the deep color. Start by watering down your paint, then you'll want to brush on, immediately wipe, and repeat until you get your desired color.
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Custom wood paneling in this breakfast nook designed by Studio Shamshiri softens the crisp white walls and edgy concrete floors. Not to mention, it's unique! "Everybody is using white oak, that's very much a thing of our time, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Do Shamshiri opted for black walnut wood paneling instead.
If you have wood wall panels in the bedroom, play on the theme by bringing in a statement-making wooden headboard. Paint them white so our eyes can focus on the bespoke bed frame.
How cute is this bunk room designed by April Tomlin? "We wanted to make it a fun, magical experience,” says Tomlin. So, naturally, wood paneling was part of the equation. Special cutouts in the panels make the space feel even more whimsical.
Give your walls extra style in the kitchen by color-blocking wood paneling and then adding a tile backsplash over it. This will create geometric dimension and can easily dress up lackluster areas, like behind the oven.
In this epic Montana cabin, designer Kylee Shintaffer and her team balanced the cool-toned wood with warm accents. In this bedroom, they included raspberry pillows, tan walls, and soft bedding to create the ultimate homey atmosphere.
This outdoor space by Sarah Jefferies Interior Architecture + Interiors is proof that wood paneling doesn't have to be limited to interiors.
If you have distinct wood paneling on one wall, incorporate a simpler wood panel pattern on the ceiling. This den in designer Elizabeth Pash's Locust Valley home does this well, and it the look makes for a cozy escape.
Is this the sexiest bathroom ever? We think so. Sometimes painting smaller rooms in a darker color can actually make it feel larger and more intimate the same time). It's also a good way to disguise paneling you don't love.
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Contrasting your wall panels with a luxe texture like marble will always make things look and feel more elevated. Also note the thinner wood wall panels, here. Opt for more narrow slats for an understated twist.
A deep slate gray paint is strategically placed on paneling, which acts as a nice border around the brighter painted portions of the wall. It takes the emphasis off the ridges while also creating a geometric pattern.
Here, California-based designer Lynn Koythanomsup proves the power of material mixing, especially in kitchens where surfaces are of utmost importance. The back wall features wood paneling, as do the lower cabinets, , but they're painted a different color to break things up visually. The exposed brick and material features as well as different woods throughout make for a dynamic and unique whole.
Built-in bookcases help obscure paneling, while cute accessories turn them into a decorative backdrop. But if you really hate those lines, just stack books in front of them until not an inch shows through.
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In a home located in Rancho Santa Fe, California, designer Robbie Maynard juxtaposed Hollywood glam and modern farmhouse throughout, thanks to wood paneling and an eclectic mix of decor.