Wood paneling has been used in elegant and rustic settings and has withstood the test of time, outlasting every passing trend of style. It’s beautiful when first installed, and still beautiful after many years.
Wood paneling can affect the feel of a room. You can create a look and feel of warmth that is unique to your living spaces. From beautifully crafted raised panel accents to knotty pine tongue and groove walls and ceilings, wood panels can transform any home from ordinary to extraordinary.
Wood paneling is often passed over as a quality building material. A common misconception when it comes to wood paneling is not realizing how many options are available out there to choose from.
- Raised Wood Panels: Think of any classically designed den or library and you’ve got a visual of what high quality raised panels can do for a room. They’re most often installed on the lower third of a wall, and can be purchased in just about any wood you desire.
- Knotty Pine: This is the wood paneling you’d see in any rustic log cabin or Western-style home. It has knots and strong grain in the surface of the wood, which add a feeling of old west character. It’s most commonly sold as tongue and groove boards.
- Cedar: Cedar wood is ideal for a variety of applications and projects, known for its durability and weather resistance. Its grain is tight with few knots and will not warp easily. This wood’s rich color and durability make it a great choice for floors, furniture and other decorative touches around the house.
- Recessed and Flat Wood Paneling: These panels are most often installed as an accent on the lower half or third of a room. They are plainer and less showy than raised panels, and are often painted as opposed to stained or otherwise finished naturally. Recessed panels arose out of the simplicity that dominated late 19th and early 20th century architecture, while flat wood panels are a more modern development.