Whether DIY or high-end, wood paneling is a stylish wall remodeling idea that offers timeless appeal and enduring good looks.
When it came time to spruce up her home office, this home owner had the right angles — a wood-paneled wall in a vibrant herringbone pattern. She bought pre-packaged tongue-and-groove knotty pine wainscotting ($10 for 9 sq. ft.) and stained the pieces three different colors. Tip: Pine tends to stain unevenly, so treat boards with a pre-stain conditioner for best results.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicA Little Help from Big-Box Friends
This pretty paneled wall started life as four sheets of thin (¼-inch-thick) plywood underlayment. At about $11 per sheet, the total cost was less than $45. The enterprising home owners had Home Depot rip the panels into 6-inch-wide planks — custom cuts are a free service! They nailed up the planks, leaving a ¼-inch-wide gap between each plank for texture. A little paint and standard baseboard finished it off.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicAn American Classic
A legacy from the early 20th century, this high-waisted wainscotting features the square, angular details of Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School design motifs. The wide panels originally would have been made of solid wood, but today plywood panels provide the same look for much less money. Installed, this wainscotting costs about $10 per sq. ft.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicPretty in Paneling
Wood paneling can make a strong architectural statement. Installed overhead, this paneling carries the eye toward a masonry fireplace focal point. These narrow walnut planks were installed with gaps between them for added texture. Most building codes require that wood paneling such as this be installed over drywall for fire safety.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicFrom Barn to Bath
These handsome wood tiles ($10-$24 per sq. ft.) are made from lumber reclaimed from abandoned Colorado barns. Each tile is fully sealed with a clear, low-VOC coating. Because wood tile installations don’t use grout, care should be taken in areas where there’s water. In a bathroom, use waterproof drywall behind wood tiles, and wipe up splashes immediately.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicCabin Chic
Want a log cabin but don’t have the cash? These home owners solved their rustic cravings with resawn aspen logs taken from dead trees on their property. Each log was cut to length, then split in half lengthwise using a bandsaw. They first installed log trim around windows and doors, then fastened the aspen “tiles” in place with a pneumatic nail gun. They saved money, but the project took two years to complete.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicScrappy Wall Paneling
If you find new beauty in old stuff, have we got a wall for you. Made up of scraps of lumber from old gym floors and reclaimed siding, this professionally made paneling is carefully designed prior to installation. Dashes of original paint liven up the look. A 10-by-8-foot wall is about $3,000.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicTimeless Good Looks
These frame-and-panel walls are made of solid gumwood, and they’re original to this 19th-century home. Time had taken its toll, so the walls were painted a demure green and topped with a wide crown moulding. Updated with contemporary touches, the room retains the timeless appeal of this traditional wall treatment.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicA Blast From the Past
A favorite design motif of the 1960s, knotty pine paneling is making a comeback. Inexpensive and readily available, knotty pine paneling comes as solid wood boards in various widths, usually with tongue-and-groove edges. It’s also available in prefinished plywood sheets. You’ll pay $1 to $2 per sq. ft. The paneling shown here features random-width boards with a beaded edge for added texture.
Wood Paneling: New Spins on an American ClassicBarn Again
Reclaimed from old agricultural structures, barn wood has proven durability and warm, mellow colors. The brand shown here is carefully color-matched and milled for straightness. It’s kiln-dried to ensure stability, a process that also kills any wood-boring insects that may have infiltrated the boards. You’ll pay $7 to $10 per square foot for premium barn wood.