Wood-Paneled Walls That Are Anything But Dated

Now that we’re the proud owners of The Brady Bunch house, we’ve got the skinny on ’70s style — and we’re happy to report that wood paneling is making a major comeback. See how some designers are bringing the wall treatment into the 21st century.

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The Elevated Entryway

No longer confined to the basement, wood paneling is proving itself a worthy addition to entryways everywhere. We love how the designers used crisp white walls and a staircase with a glass railing to elevate the wood in this space, making it look more modern and less midcentury.

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The Cozy Reading Corner

In smaller doses, wood paneling can be downright cozy. Designer Jeff Troyer thought so, too, which is why he brought stained beadboard into this reading nook. The wood treatment emphasizes the intimate nature the space, while the pillows and books make it kid-friendly. Troyer can attest to the fact that, “[It] has become a favorite spot for my clients’ young children to hang out in.”

Photo by Amy Bartlam

The Bright Backdrop

Go ahead and marvel at the wood-paneled backdrop in this breakfast nook — we’ll wait. By partnering the treatment with a modern material like white marble, designer Natalie Myers instantly took the wall from “fashion faux pas” to “pretty and polished.”

Photo by Bethany Nauert

The High-End Herringbone

Herringbone makes the wood paneling in this kitchen look pretty high-end. Designer Bryan Wark reveals that the wood also disguises the fridge and freezer, which helps achieve the airy aesthetic that his client wanted. “The hand-scraped wood definitely helps out with the organic vibe of the home,” Wark explains.

Photo by Charles Davis Smith

The Defined Kitchen

Dated? No, this modern kitchen from Matt Fajkus is dashing thanks to its dark wood paneling. By defining the wide-open floor plan, the walls bring structure to the hub of the home.


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