Victorian homes, especially the grander ones, often used dark wood paneling. Dark wood doesn't work that well with more contemporary designs, but wood can look fabulous painted white and paired with a bolder color on the walls. Here, the painted paneling used with the white and wood stairs adds width and interest to plain walls in a narrow hall
, which is typical of the era. If you're installing paneling from scratch, keep true to Victorian style and make sure it is elegantly beveled.