Wood Panelling Trends
Wood paneling isn’t just for basements built in the 1970s. And, no, the secret to pulling off the look isn’t to paint over it. In fact, these chic wood-paneled rooms have proudly left the material in all its golden, knotted glory. What makes them feel modern? An unexpected proportion of paneling (a lot or just a little), the accompanying furniture (clean-lined and contemporary), and, of course, natural light (as much as possible). And while paint isn’t used in these spaces, stains certainly are. The possibilities are surprisingly endless—read on to get some ideas for your own space.
All of us want houses full of charm and character, but often we buy based on other things – location, size, school district or budget. Tiny adorable vintage bungalows don’t fit a lot of our lives/families and often what does – the more spacious, cheaper, mass-produced houses are the ones that lack the character which gives a house some innate charm. It’s the Basic B of housing problems and we are here to help. Listen, just because your house was built “basic”, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way.
Today we are kicking off this series, ‘How to add character and charm to your “basic” home’, starting with Wall Paneling.
Panelling is a mill-work wall covering constructed from rigid or semi-rigid components. These are traditionally interlocking wood, but could be plastic or other material.
Applied Box Moulding
This is one of the most simple and easiest of the options that we have in this category. It consists of adding strips of wood to your already existing walls (either with glue or nails) and then painting the entire wall to match. You can customize not only the size of the boxes, to be squares rectangles or a combo of each, but also the thickness of the boards that you add to the wall to achieve just about any look.
Jenna of Jenna Sue Design pulled together this very easy to follow DIY with a step by step guide to help you get through the process. You’ll notice that before adding the strips of moulding she did face her walls in plywood which is something you will need to do if you have textured orange peel walls like she did. Her wall width was around 156″ wide and approximately 9ft tall, which brought her total cost for the project materials to $95 – pretty darn affordable for a drastic transformation.
If you aren’t looking to DIY then this is something that you could easily have a contractor or handyman do in a weekend.
Essentially with all of these you are adding a simple tonal texture to your walls. Texture adds character and while some of these wouldn’t work in every style of home, there are versions that could work in yours. You play with the width, pattern, orientation and height. If you are a ‘save time, spend money’ person then you can easily hire a handyman for this (You don’t need an expensive contractor), but if you are a ‘save money, spend time’ person, then hopefully those DIY options and links have helped.