Painted Paneling for Straight-Up Style
Brush away boring wood boards. A color makeover can give your paneling, and your home, new charm and flair
Paneling is one of the fastest ways we know of to add charm and interest to the ceilings and walls in any room. But if dark, masculine dens and stuffy libraries come to mind when you think paneling, think again. Rich wood paneling is perfect for creating that formal look, but if bright, airy and open are adjectives you're trying to conjure, don't count paneling out. A coat of paint, or a few coats, can transform that wood into something that's perfect for your home.
If you like the look of white but sometimes find it boring, painted paneling can be a perfect enhancement. The white is sleek, clean and shiny, while the grooves in the paneling add dimension and interest, creating a room with loads of personality.
For the charm of painted paneling without committing to the entire room, put it in one spot. The paneling over this bed adds attention to the focal point of the room and creates striking contrast to the walls surrounding it.
Painted paneling is a shore-house staple and, if you ask us, looks fabulous in colors that reflect the outdoors. Dreamy greens and blues conjure the sea outside the window.
For a room that has floor-to-ceiling paneling, creating contrast with paint adds so much charm. We are huge fans of a blue that mirrors the sky.
Paneling placed horizontally and vertically in this space adds visual interest and makes the room feel more cozy.
In newer homes, we love the way painted paneling creates the look of age. Paired with elegant decor, it's sophisticated and chic but can be equally relaxed when complemented by more casual furnishings.
We love the architectural detail placed behind the bed — the perfect backdrop for a beautiful headboard.
Ideabook published on April 12, 2012.
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