Wall paneling used to be relegated to the basement and garage, but today, it’s found everywhere from living rooms to kitchens to bedrooms. It’s an affordable, low-maintenance way to add interest and style to any space in your home, and it can even increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell it! Here are eight different wall paneling ideas that you can use throughout your house today!
1) Use Wooden Panels
Framed wooden panels are a unique, high-impact and easy-to-install option for wall accenting that is perfect for anyone who likes to be creative with their home décor. And although you may think that framed wooden panels are just for exterior walls, in fact they can be used anywhere in your home where you’d like to add a touch of warmth and style. Framed wood paneling is an eco-friendly way to update your living space at an affordable price.
There are many different types of wood available so it’s easy to find one that will complement your existing décor. They come in a variety of colors and textures so that you can choose something that best suits your tastes. If you want to create an industrial look or if you have rustic furniture already, oak or pine would be great choices for framing. If on the other hand, you prefer something more modern then try using maple or birch wood as these materials have a smooth finish which makes them easier to work with when creating frames around doors or windows.
When deciding what type of wood to use make sure that you take into account how much light your room gets. For example, darker woods tend to absorb light making them ideal for rooms that get little natural light whereas lighter woods reflect light and are better suited for brighter rooms. You could also use metal or glass instead of wood if you want a contemporary feel.
2) Go For Light & Bright
Light and bright are two of my favorite ways to describe a space. Light brings in natural elements and can open up any room. So when it comes to wall paneling ideas, I recommend adding lighter shades or simply going for color with paint or wallpaper. Bright, rich colors will make your home feel cheery, even during those gray days when you need a little pick-me-up. Consider bold hues like fuchsia or orange for an added pop of color that is sure to enliven any room! Or if you’re looking for something a bit more subtle, go with neutral tones paired with lighter hues. Here are some of my favorite combinations: •Light Gray & Turquoise •White & Pale Pink •White & Lime Green •Black & Fuchsia •Navy Blue & Teal •Beige & Rose Gold If you have trouble choosing between light and dark, try mixing both styles together—like white walls with navy blue trim. This combination creates a beautiful contrast that still feels cohesive. Be inspired by these examples below!
3) Add Color Gradients
Painting your walls can be a great way to make a room look more vibrant and inviting. But instead of opting for a traditional solid color or pattern, consider adding a gradient layer. This technique involves blending two colors together so that there’s a smooth transition between them—and it can work wonderfully on walls. Try painting one wall with a color and then adding another shade over it using an angled brush, which will help you create an ombre-like effect that flows beautifully across your space. For added drama, use three shades in total: Use a lighter hue at the top of your wall and gradually move toward darker tones as you go down. You can also try mixing some texture into your paint job by creating a faux stucco finish or sanding down sections to achieve an uneven appearance. No matter what approach you take, these techniques are sure to give any room in your home a bold new look!
4) Use a Metal Grille
There’s nothing wrong with an old-fashioned wooden grille, but if you want a bolder wall look, consider using a metal grille instead. They come in many different shapes and styles and add character to your walls. You can also paint them any color you want or choose one that matches your decor for an even more cohesive look.
5) Use Wood Slats
There’s a reason people have been using wood slats to wall in their homes for centuries: it’s cheap, lightweight and doesn’t require a great deal of skill. Many interior designers suggest using thin planks (1x2s or 1x3s) for wainscoting, with individual boards following floor levels up to about 7 feet. You can then use wider wood slats to cover any remaining walls or ceiling areas; make sure these are long enough to drape nicely along your walls and that they don’t hang too low over windows and doors (you don’t want them getting in your way). You can even add in trim detail by purchasing pre-made wooden molding sheets.
6) Choose Exposed Brackets
One of my favorite wall paneling ideas is a favorite one of my grandfather’s: exposed brackets. Exposed brackets are a great way to add some architectural interest and character to your room without going overboard. Plus, they can make your room feel more like an art gallery than a home. But you should use them sparingly; when every bracket is on display, it gets old fast.
7) Put an Art Piece In The Middle
Framing a large piece of art in an empty space between walls can make it pop. Like a colorful painting or bold sculpture, paneling doesn’t have to be subtle if you don’t want it to be. By creating contrast with one another—such as paneling on one side and paint on another—you’ll add depth and dimension to your home.
8) Textures and Patterns
Textures and patterns can add a bold new look to any room. By combining different materials with rich colors, patterns, and textures, you can create a great look for your walls. Here are some ideas that might inspire you
1) Use a high-gloss finish on one wall in your living room and paint two other walls with a textured or patterned finish.
2) Try painting all four of your living room walls in varying shades of one color family.
Hire an interior designer!
If you’re remodeling your home or creating a space from scratch, hiring an interior designer is a great way to get your project off on the right foot. Designers will help you maximize space, pick out and coordinate paint colors, select furniture, and create functional storage solutions. Interior designers don’t come cheap; expect to pay $100-$200/hour depending on location and experience. But if you have a big project coming up, it might be worth it to hire someone who can walk you through every step of the process.