Proper wood paneling can add some super style to a space, but it can also conjure up horrific images of 70s-style décor. Of course ripping out those wood surfaces, especially if they stretch from floor to ceiling, is not impossible, but it does tend to leave a gap in your renovation budget.
Thankfully, there are various ‘quick-fix’ ways to make the most of your home’s wood-paneled surfaces that don’t require you to rush out and get special tools such as screwdrivers or building materials. And here are 7 of them…
A fresh splash of paint really does go a long way, even if you decide on giving your wood paneling a bright new look. Start by applying a good primer to cover all that panel and wood grain, then follow this with a few coats of a vivid white paint. The result can be a much brighter and inviting room with a hint of rustic, cottage-like style.
In love with that whitewashed look of your wooden flooring? Wish you could repeat that same look on your walls without losing that wood grain texture you’re so fond of? Water down your paint, then brush on the wood. Immediately wipe, then repeat the process until you get that grain and color just right to complement your existing furnishings and décor.
A little bit of drywall (easily obtainable from your favorite home-improvement store) can be used to fill in those distinctive cracks and lines of your wood paneling. Follow this up with some sanding, priming, and painting (whatever color you deem most appropriate).
Either by painting stripes on them or changing the size / direction / volume of those wooden slats to produce something more unique (like this fabulous headboard). Sometimes it just takes a slight change to alter an entire room. So, if you’ve been looking at those wood grooves the wrong way all these years, maybe see what you can accomplish by painting stripes or lines in the panels, changing the direction of the paneling, or letting it mimic pine, oak, or other popular types of wall paneling.
Want to instead draw attention away from your wood paneling without altering its look too much? Then add to it! A gallery wall with framed pieces, an oversized mirror, or eye-catching cabinetry can all easily add style and functionality to that particular room without highlighting those paneled surfaces.
Taking its cue from number 5, additional shelving and curtains work on the idea that something constructed in front of your panel wall will help draw the attention away from it. Your best options? Built-in bookshelves or striking window treatment (in eye-catching colors with loud patterns), of course!
Why experiment with other loud (or subtler) colors when you can just reapply the exact same hue for a touch up? Find the color chip closest to your wood paneling and give those surfaces a new coat. We guarantee it’ll make a difference to the entire room and make those panels look more like designer wood panels than anything else!