By Gina G.
Making It Work:Â Â Wood PanelingÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Many of us have had some type of experience with wood paneling.Â Â Whether it is considered a left over relic from previous home owners, a byproduct of the 1950s suburban housing sprawl, or embraced as a unique dÃ©cor in your home, wood paneling can appear to be dated.Â Â And, although often times those who inherit a room or home with wood paneling are ambivalent about it, there are actually a few different ways to make wood paneling work for a home.
One of the more common things to do with a wood paneled room is to paint it white.Â This is a less expensive alternative to removing the wood paneling and helps you keep the natural dÃ©cor of the room if that is your aim.Â Â It also makes the room more neutral and easier to decorate.Â Â Keeping with this idea, I recently encountered a room in which the home owner had alternated the painted white panels with dark brown colored wood panels.Â Â It looked gorgeous.Â Â And what a brilliant idea, especially considering the recent dÃ©cor draw of stripes!
Another way to make wood paneling work would be use it as an alternative to painting.Â It can be a great addition of natural dÃ©cor by adding it to a blank walk.Â Â Now I have seen this done multiple ways. You could completely panel just one wall, which would be a similar concept as painting an accent wall.Â Â Or, another idea would be to panel just a portion of a blank wall, perhaps taking the place of a wall mirror or picture.Â Â You could also leave the walls alone and panel the ceiling.Â Â These ideas allow you to control the amount of wood paneling utilized in the room.Â Â However, perhaps the greatest key to updating this look is to panel horizontally rather than the traditional vertical way.