Do Paneled Walls Make Rooms More Magazine Worthy?

by hookedonhouses on May 18, 2010

coastal living-blue bedEven though I officially closed my other blog, Beach Cottage Love, in January, I still get comments on old posts. I recently got one from a reader named Jennifer who saw this photo I had posted (via Coastal Living) and wrote:

“I don’t care what anyone says–it’s the wood-paneled walls that make these rooms. All of this stuff in a regularly dry-walled room just would not have the same appeal.”

pails-ladder-reddoorbythebeachwordpressI think she makes a good point. Over the past few years, we have been seeing more examples of the exposed-wood or paneled look on blogs and in magazines. As I was looking through my file of inspiration photos, a large percentage of them had painted wood walls instead of drywall.


What do you think? Do you like this trend?

Tony Shalhoub-cottage dining

Are the painted, paneled wood walls the key ingredient here? Or would these rooms be just as magazine-worthy with plain ol’ drywall? Discuss.

Photos via Country Living and Coastal Living. Final photo: Tony Shalhoub’s Cottage.

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Julie Harward May 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I do like substantial and different than just dry wall! Come say hi :D

Tricia Rose May 18, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Shhhhh Julia! don’t tell everybody!
.-= Tricia Rose´s last blog ..May Rain =-.

Gail May 19, 2010 at 12:07 am

There’s no doubt they are appealing, but all of these are photos of very casual rooms, you won’t find walls like these in formal homes will you? Maybe I’m wrong?

Billy May 19, 2010 at 12:08 am

Yes, beautifully knotty pine tongue and grove paneled walls have been sacrificed on the alter of the interior style that shall not be named all for a “bright” and “clean” look. (Although I am not sure what clean and bright have to do with dilapidated en vogue. You’d think that eventually this ax would get ground down to nothing.)

After my sisters room burned, during the rebuild we lived in the neighbor’s converted stable with walls like you show. All I remember, is sleeping in a sleeping bag as near to the wood stove as possible without setting the bag alight. That being said, the beach cottage look looses all authenticity with basic wallboard.

Okay Glee got better.

Monique May 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

I love these room, but it isn’t for sure the paneling- I think it is the texture that does it… introduce a bright wall, wall paper or heavy textured wall and you are still there.

Loribeth May 19, 2010 at 12:48 am

I think she’s right. The paneled walls make a huge difference. However, that IS part of the design concept of the rooms. The decor would not have the same effect set against drywall. It really does depend on the design concept.
.-= Loribeth´s last blog ..Distracted =-.

Nancy@marcusdesign May 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

I think you bring up a good point, the panels do really take these rooms up a notch. I think there are several things that are appealing about these rooms in general, but it’s like the panelling takes it to another level. Have you watched the lasted season of Sarah’s House?? She did a whole lot of panelling in her farm house, it is definetely on trend!
.-= Nancy@marcusdesign´s last blog ..{lusting over lovely wallcoverings} =-.

Kim May 19, 2010 at 1:18 am

I think it all depends on the color and type of wood the panels are, whether they work for a home. I can’t stand dark paneling in old homes or any homes.

I don’t think it’s the paneling themselves, that make these rooms nice. I think it’s the white color that does it. If they weren’t white, they wouldn’t look nice. Like I don’t like the paneling in the third picture.

Cindy May 19, 2010 at 1:22 am

The paneling does make these rooms more interesting and definitely makes them look cozier and homey. For a long time all we saw were painted walls because we were so over wallpaper. Is this a reaction to being tired of plain walls? Everything old is new again.

Nita May 19, 2010 at 1:25 am

Before this house, we’d bought an older triple wide mobile home and as there were a couple holes in the walls, we drywalled the whole inside, even the ceilings. But, my neighbor just painted the paneling, and I must say, her place was cuter, leading me to regret wasting $10,000. But, I don’t know how we would have repaired those walls otherwise.

Kerri May 19, 2010 at 1:45 am

I have a real thing for white panelled walls, so my response isn’t the most unbiased. But I think there are two factors at work here – the panelling adds visual interest and texture, and the white colour palette always looks clean and fresh. And for me, nothing says ‘beach house’ more than white timber. Great discussion, I’m really enjoying hearing everyone’s take on this. K xx
.-= Kerri´s last blog ..Project: sneak peek =-.

E. George May 19, 2010 at 2:58 am

Hi Julia I think it depends on the style of the house and these houses are beachy cottages which are perfect. Wish I could have this look in my home I’ve always loved it but it just wouldn’t look this great sighhh…. maybe one day. Thanks for a great blog. Regards Esther from Sydney ps I’m not very brave with colour my fav. colour is by Dulux called Antique USA (I’m a soft whites and neutrals kinda gal) the nights are getting colder and longer I bet you guys don’t miss that……

Willow Decor May 19, 2010 at 6:03 am

I really love this look in a beach style home. I like the textural aspect it brings to the rooms. of course I love the Coastal New England beach look so it really fits right in. But we are seeing more beadboard everywhere right now, so maybe it is becoming a stronger trend.
.-= Willow Decor´s last blog ..A Sea Captain’s Home Revamped for Today =-.

Things That Inspire May 19, 2010 at 6:37 am

I think that these walls will look terribly dated in a a decade or so. Kind of like the strange walls that people in the 60s did that now look so awful. Just my opinion…I do agree that they add an extra element of interest to a room, but I prefer my walls to by plain or, if they are paneled, then panel them like you might see in a Parisian apartment or a library (not dark, though).
.-= Things That Inspire´s last blog ..Stone floors in entries =-.

Julie May 19, 2010 at 7:14 am

What if the non-drywall treatment appeals more to us because it really isn’t all about the “decorating” but more about the “bones” of the house and about the lifestyle? I’d much rather have a well maintained house with good bones than a plain old drywalled house. And the lifestyle of these paneled rooms seems to focus on the life, moreso than the “style”… Just random thoughts!
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Glimpses of home =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now May 19, 2010 at 7:19 am

I think in the right house, with the right *stuff* it would look great. Others would try to pull it off and it would end up in one of your bad MLS photos. ;)

Why does Comment Luv hate me so? 9 times out of 10 it never links to my posts. :( Maybe I ought to go check their site again…

melissa May 19, 2010 at 7:21 am

I like it in these images but, would prefer wainscoting in a home I was living in. I think this type of paneling could feel dated, quickly. If I bought a home that had paneling, I would definitely paint it like this. This is a great look for a country/beachy home.
.-= melissa´s last blog ..Lilly Pulitzer in Hinsdale is Closing?? =-.

marlene May 19, 2010 at 7:29 am

I agree with what some others have been saying.
It is really all about the design concept. painted paneling adds an instant cottage look.
On the other hand if there were dry walls with a rubbed or textured finish, or painted with a color other then white, i think you could use that type furniture and create a country look.

Joan May 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

I agree that wainscoting is the “new paneling.” These pictures don’t reflect true old paneling to me although you could probably get old paneling to mimic this look.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z May 19, 2010 at 7:36 am

Any architectural interest in a room adds to the overall feel and atmosphere of that room. Paneled walls, brick walls, stone, exposed beams, trim, etc.; it all makes a room! If you flip through any PB catalog you will find complimentary architectural interest on EVERY page. So yes, all of these things make the objects in a room shine in a way that plain old dry wall just can’t.
.-= Beth@The Stories of A2Z´s last blog ..Lean Remodeler Spring Cleaning Contest WINNER! =-.

Em Heizer Photo May 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

She’s totally right on the money. It takes so much more for a regular ol’ wall to look as interesting or inspirational as exposed wood, paneling or wainscoting would.

+5million points to you for being so insightful!
.-= Em Heizer Photo´s last blog .."Hey Mista Postman, Look at Me!" =-.

Emily@remodelingthislife May 19, 2010 at 7:45 am

I love the paneling and think it does add interest. It’s not something that works in every home though. It would look ridiculous in a new construction in the middle of an urban area. Of course, these are probably cottages and beach homes where it fits right in. I love these rooms because even though you can’t see it, I know there is water and woods right outside the door and I can pretend I am on vacation.
.-= Emily@remodelingthislife´s last blog ..Life With Chickens =-.

Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good) May 19, 2010 at 7:49 am

I think it depends on the look you are going for – if you like the beachy cottage look, white washed paneling looks great. It makes me feel like you’re sleeping out on the porch. They have to be white washed though. Dark paneling or plain wood don’t carry the same feel.
.-= Mary Beth (Cats, Books, Life is Good)´s last blog ..LETTERBOXING =-.

Our Nifty Notebook May 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

I also think it’s the texture or visual interest that it adds to the pic. I like the paneling.
.-= Our Nifty Notebook´s last blog ..Links I Like: Edition 15 =-.

Claudia May 19, 2010 at 8:28 am

I love all the pictures and we love paneled walls. When we first moved into our Cape House our family room had dark, dark paneled wood. We painted it all white and we love the look. We recently renovated our kitchen to blend well with the great room. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your posts very much.
.-= Claudia´s last blog ..Happy Mother’s Day! Have a Mimosa in bed. I insist! =-.

Janet May 19, 2010 at 8:34 am

The paneling adds a texture to the walls that would be lacking with flat paint.
But again it’s geared to the style of the room. A beachy cottage room looks 100%
appropriate with paneling. But if you were going for a formal georgian dining room they would look out of place. The wall covering here adds to the feeling and the casual nature of the rooms.

Donna Connolly May 19, 2010 at 8:42 am

I would expect to walk out the door onto the warm beach sands. It screams at me as being a porch or an add on, and NOT an interior… The vertical wood definitely give it an outside the house look and I would use great caution in using this style if you don’t live on the water… I lived through the last attempted era at paneling and it was very SHORT and left with extreme prejudice… Painting it was one option people tried to live with it that DIDN’T work. In my opinion wood on the walls, even when painted, becomes furniture and closes an area in…

Stephanie May 19, 2010 at 8:44 am

I love these rooms. I am a big fan of paneling, and if done the right way, it can make the house look magazine worthy!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..You Capture Theme DEPTH OF FIELD (DOF), Bone Marrow Donation =-.

Mary May 19, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love the given topic and the command to discuss, it’s so Linda Richmond via Mike Myers “I’ll give you a topic- discuss!”

My thoughts are going to be random and mimic some of the thoughts of others. I think the idea of painting paneling is one of necessity to be rid of the dark paneling that was so loved in the early 70’s. I live in an area that was built in the 70’s. We have all painted our paneling because it is “cheap” paneling and not really nice wood paneling. Like any style it will come and go and change just enough to be out of style. My paneling needs replacing but will I drywall? I doubt it. I’ll probably buy sheets of paneling and paint, because it does add some interest to the room.

I look at some of these “cottage” pictures and they remind me of the old shacky places that lined the beaches and side roads of the Outer Banks, North Carolina where we stayed when I was a kid. What is now built on the Outer Banks are a lot of three story mansions and I think that’s not staying in a beach cottage!

Susan S May 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

Beyond their visual appeal, the paneled rooms connote relaxation and a slower life in my opinion. Something we all need right now! If only we could all have a “get away” cottage!

rue May 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

Hi Julia :)

Personally, I think that the walls let you know what kind of house you’re in. The furniture, decor and paint colors do the same thing, but it’s definitely the walls that speak to the casual style of a beach house, a cabin or a cottage. If I was magically transported to one of these rooms without seeing the outside, I would expect to look out the window and see an ocean or a lake, not a neighborhood of mcmansions or a suburb of brick ranch houses.

On a side note, I always think it’s strange when I walk into a house here in Ohio and it’s decorated inside like a beach house. I’m all for having a bit of ocean decor (ie shells) scattered about because someone is from a beach area originally or they brought some things home with them from a favorite vacation, but at some point it starts to look odd, like they’re in denial. Kind of like one of my sisters-in-law that has palm trees everywhere and a sign that says “welcome to the beach house” and they’ve always lived here in Ohio. It makes me want to start the “REALLY?” skit from Saturday Night Live LOL

.-= rue´s last blog ..The best apple pie EVER =-.

Julie May 19, 2010 at 8:50 am

I do think so. It adds so much texture.
.-= Julie´s last blog ..Every Dog Has Its Day =-.

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic May 19, 2010 at 9:17 am

I think it’s true that the walls do make the room, but it’s just the same as a room with beautiful ornate crown molding and other wall treatments. I wouldn’t say the rooms would be ugly without the paneling, but architecture really can make a room so much nicer – that’s why built-ins and things like that make a house cost more.
.-= Sarah @ Dream In Domestic´s last blog ..Neighborhood Tour: Plain (but Pretty) Minnehaha Homes =-.

desiree May 19, 2010 at 9:22 am

I love it, but I don’t think I could have it in every room. I do prefer it painted though over the natural wood–It would feel like a cabin to me.
.-= desiree´s last blog ..Los Gatos Victorian =-.

Lisa May 19, 2010 at 9:45 am

Hello there Jules!!
I didnt know you officially closed the funnest blog out there, I thought you just left for the winter! Its time to get back there and open up the house! (blog)

I could die and go to heaven if I could have wood walls at the Coastal Nest..It would be painted and FaNtAsTiC – really so so cottage-y dont you think?
From the beach–
coastal nest
.-= Lisa´s last blog ..My lighthouse.. =-.

Annelise May 19, 2010 at 9:48 am

I hope they are a trend that stays becuase I have these painted sixties ones all through my house. Would love to have more plaster walls personally, but I have made them work.
.-= Annelise´s last blog ..Giveaway Winner =-.

Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury May 19, 2010 at 10:01 am

The paneling absolutely adds more appeal when it comes to a cottage or coastal look. With out the paneled walls or ceiling, these rooms would need something “more” in the way of decor to make up for the lack of architectural interest. I live in a stucco box that we’ve slowly added paneling, wainscoting, etc to and it’s really made a difference.
.-= Tracy @ Comfort&Luxury´s last blog ..Books and Chairs : Two Great Things that Look Great Together =-.

31everything May 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love paneled walls! I agree that it makes them more magazine worthy for sure :)
.-= 31everything´s last blog ..Love at First Gasp #8 =-.

Kathy :) May 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

Hi Julia,

Is it the color or the texture ???? I do like the look I find it acozy and casual….could every house support this I’m not sure !!

Kathy :)

Amber May 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

I love the look, and I do think it adds that cottage feel to the rooms. I hope we can find an older home with wood paneling when we finally settle down in our forever home. They’ll definitely be getting a dose of paint though! I agree with someone above–too much of the natural wood paneling would feel like a log cabin.
.-= Amber´s last blog ..The guest bedroom =-.

Rhianna May 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

I agree, I think that paneled walls give a room sooo much more character.
.-= Rhianna´s last blog ..What Would They Tell? =-.

beth May 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

I love it! We live in a new construction, and of course we have sheet rock walls and I hate it! It is cheap, and when you bump it with anything, it gets dinged up. I like to call it sh*t rock. Ha ha. And even though we live in a new home in town in the middle of the desert, I love the beach cottage look, and I decorate my house that way, and if nobody likes it, so be it! This is my home, I plan on living here forever, and I also plan on covering up the sh*t rock with painted paneling someday. In fact, next year we are going to be covering our textured ceilings in white painted pine planks, and I can’t wait!
.-= beth´s last blog ..Painted checkerboard floors, and ideas for the laundry room =-.

Tricia May 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

Wow, that is the secret! We are planning our next house to build and it will not have drywall, now that I have seen this post! Thank you for enlightening me!

Susan May 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

I love the look of painted paneling. It’s the texture that provides the interest. Anytime I watch a show on HGTV and the designer rips off the paneling and puts up dry wall in it’s place, I am disappointed.

Susan and Bentley
.-= Susan´s last blog ..Red Tea Morning =-.

Angelo May 19, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Personally I think there is a time and place for everything. The paneled walls give great texture and visual appeal to the room. White painted panels say relaxed, cozy, light and carefree to me, and the designers did a great job by extending that feeling throughout the room with the furniture and accessories they picked. Depending on your personality, this room is either perfectly cozy or a shame because the wood was painted over. Either way it is good interior design in my opinion. FYI, I think these are perfectly cozy!
.-= Angelo´s last blog ..Beefing up Porch Columns! =-.

Kelli May 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm

If you’re looking for homes for a cottagey magazine, then yes, these definitely fit the bill. I don’t think it’s because they’re white, either. I have a clipped photo from a Pottery Barn catalog that has sort of a taupe paneled wall, and it looks just as cozy.

If you’re wanting pics for Metropolitan Home, though, these wouldn’t work at all.
.-= Kelli´s last blog ..Tuesday Truth #12 – Meat Free Mondays =-.

Tricia May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I love the paneled wall look. Calling it a trend seems to short-change it though, to me. Wood walls have a historical presence. They have been used for many, many years in all types of homes. I love that they are so popular again. Give me more. Lots more!
.-= Tricia´s last blog ..A little taste =-.

Lindsay May 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm

This is a great question, actually! My husband and I have definitely been on a wood paneling excursion lately in our house. We’re big fans of beadboard and the board-and-batten look. But I’ve been wondering lately if “painted woodwork” will look a little “dated” in a few years. Think back five years ago – we were all on a Trading Spaces binge and now we’re on a beachy cottage binge. Think back ten years ago – I wanted to paint my bedroom teal! Who uses teal these days? Things change, to be sure, but I think panel molding (particularly white panel molding) will always look classic! I guess just stick with the classics and you can never go wrong!

Love your site!
.-= Lindsay´s last blog ..Airing our Dirty Laundry, Chapter 2: Cabinetry Conundrum =-.

Vanessa May 19, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Yes, panelling painted white (run either horizontally or vertically) add so much to a room. Love the look!
.-= Vanessa´s last blog ..Happy Birthday! =-.

The Little Red Shop May 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm

My 100 year old farm-style house has tongue & groove wood walls under the yucky fake paneling in its newer additions. I’ve been restoring the oldest portions of the house first….but have always been excited about the day I will finally rip down all of the fake stuff to get to the goodness!

: )

Julie M.
.-= The Little Red Shop´s last blog ..Wandering Rose… =-.

Linda May 19, 2010 at 1:37 pm

So right. I have been lusting over the wood walls painted white and decided I wanted to paint my guest room white.(it is drywall) My girlfriend redid her kitchen (which is beautiful) and she painted the walls (drywall) white. I went over to see it for the first time and my first thought was what color are you going to paint the walls. It just isn’t the same. It looks like drywall with primer.

Kate (Little Beach Bum) May 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Wow this is so interesting to see all of the comments and opinions. I only recently (in the past few months) started following some design blogs and noticed in the past month or so there has been a lot of talk of beadboard and paneling. Of course, I live in Florida and mainly follow cottage-style design bloggers, so I thought it was just a genre thing. I agree with most of the above posters – it depends on the type of place you are going to live. Personally, I love the type of paneling in the pictures above but I think I would always pick clean white classic wainscoting – just because I have seen it in two hundred year old houses and in two year old houses and it never seems to look dated (in my opinion). Then again, I’m not really a super trendy person – I would rather something look timeless.

THAT said, I do love the look of the cottage/rustic paneling painted white. I also laughed at the woman’s comment about ten years ago wanting to paint her bedroom teal and now no one uses it – I would imagine in ten years or so there are going to be a LOT of people with white-washed EVERYTHING!
.-= Kate (Little Beach Bum)´s last blog ..Splash =-.

Dawn May 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Hi Julia,

Add me to the “Love It” category!

It’s dream-worthy …

Lisa May 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I couldn’t agree more! I think what makes these rooms so appealing is the old charm of the exposed brick or wood panels. New homes do not have these bits of character in them anymore. So it makes it that much more appealing to have something that not every other house on the block will have. The rooms have built in charm! No need to bring in much decor. Having this built in charm brings out the best in even the simplest of pieces!!

Hailey Erickson May 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Absolutely! I used to want to buy an old house to fix up… then lived in one… and decided that I wanted to build a new one with an old feel!

…. wood plank walls will be a must!
.-= Hailey Erickson´s last blog ..Events =-.

jean May 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Painted, exposed walls, please! Just why my cottage in the plans will be keeping their “bones” exposed. Soooo much nicer! Dry wall doesn’t cut it for me.

Terri May 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Is there any building material with less personality than Drywall?? (oh, maybe popcorn ceilings).

hip hip gin gin May 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I have a pretty strong aversion to paneling, painted or not. So for me no I don’t think the paneling makes the rooms. Although I also don’t really mind the paneling in these rooms so that is saying something. Exposed brick is always a yes. Exposed beams are always a yes.
.-= hip hip gin gin´s last blog ..Style Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel =-.

Pat May 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm

My family has painted paneling. It’s the real wood paneling, not the “looks like wood plastic paneling”. I hesitated for a long time before painting over the wood, but boy do I love it now! I have exposed brick on one wall, the remaining two are taupe and the focal wall is deep red. Now I want to paint my ugly red brick fireplace…just trying to convince my husband!
Our little cottage is al painted paneled walls too. I love the look!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..It Begins… =-.

Denise Posey May 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm

I have noticed this in the last few years. And I think the walls or whatever character is in the room, before the furniture and decor are added, MAKE alot of the rooms in mags. Perfect example is Pottery Barn catalogs, the settings are unique all by themselves! The charm is there before the furniture and accessories.

Love your blog, Julia!!!

Amit May 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Without a doubt, paneling is what does it, not the furniture or decor.

Melanie May 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

I love this look. I have drywall but the panel adds so much character to a home.
.-= Melanie´s last blog ..A Teenagers Bedroom =-.

mary May 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I love beadboard tongue and groove panelling. It can be shaped, sanded, and manipulated around and over almost any problem I encounter both personally in my 1924 house and professionally when I’m doing a paint rescue.
Even 1970′s faux panelling can be painted out to a look with character. The secret is painter’s friend paintable caulking to give everything a shadowless beefed up uniform look.

rosie May 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I had the kind of paneling that doesn’t get better with paint-the cheap kind that just needs to disappear. I love the look of the wood paneled walls, but don’t think they would work everywhere. It does lend that beachy feel, though I have never stayed at a swanky enough beach house that had that kind of style.

I love the look of that last photo with the paneled ceiling-wonder if my husband would kill me for suggesting it in our kitchen?
.-= rosie´s last blog unofficial and very late movie review =-.

angela | the painted house May 19, 2010 at 11:07 pm

You know I love them. :)
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..4 Crowningway Drive =-.

Heidi@recklessbliss May 20, 2010 at 1:23 am

I think white paneling always looks pretty, it gives a room a nice fresh feeling. What about wood colour paneling though? You see it in a lot of older homes stuck in the seventies but once in a while it looks great and makes me want it. It has a nice earthy feeling. Great post Julia!
PS. I did a post on the house I mentioned to you a long time ago “When A Stranger Calls” that I think you may like. The house is really breath taking.
.-= Heidi@recklessbliss´s last blog ..When A Stranger Calls House Tour =-.

Cori Heffernan May 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

I love old stuff and drywall just doesn’t look old. My house was built in the early 50′s but it seemed they stopped using all the things that give an old house charm. I want to add a sunroom to our home one day, but in describing it to my husband, I said I want it to look old. He does not get that.

Angela @ PeonyPatch May 20, 2010 at 8:55 am

I just love the depth that the wood/paneling gives~ it’s not longer a flat wall surface ~

~angela @ peonypatch
.-= Angela @ PeonyPatch´s last blog ..Remembering =-.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile May 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

That is a great observation and won’t I hadn’t really considered.

I do love the look — especially on ceilings. Now, I’m sure I’m going to notice it absolutely everywhere!

In fact, I think I might link to this post for my Sunday blog roundup!
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Above the mantel: An art collage =-.

Kim May 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

Yup. Def. I love the photos also that you posted Julia. Tremendeous. The walls when they are not same-ol-same-ol, it makes a place unique and charming.

I love the wide paneling on ceiling and exposed beams and to me that spells cottage. That and flowers outside.

You rock!
.-= Kim´s last blog ..Porch Love =-.

Robin Feltner May 20, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I adore some character on the walls. A lovely beadboard can transform a room on the cheap. I think it’s a great element in design.
.-= Robin Feltner´s last blog ..Helen Hunt in Cincinnati =-.

Beck May 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Couldn’t agree more! This wainscoting is part of my updating in my home. I am just now planning to put some on the back of my built in bookshelves actually. My home was built in 1930 so I really love adding cottage touches to it like this.

Beck May 20, 2010 at 1:48 pm

p.s. Tony Shaloubs home is my dream home, hands down.

Laura Ingalls Gunn May 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

How truly lovely.

I hope you’ll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a darling French tote.
.-= Laura Ingalls Gunn´s last blog ..You Raise Me Up =-.

the domestic fringe May 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I want to go back and read all the comments, but as much as I hate paneling, I like the painted wood walls. I have an unfinished room off the back of my kitchen that we are using as a mud/laundry room; however, I’d like to move the washer/dryer and turn it into my dining room. I plan on planking the walls and ceiling and painting them all white. Can’t wait to do it, but it’s a project for next winter probably.
.-= the domestic fringe´s last blog ..Chicken & Salsa =-.

frannie May 20, 2010 at 10:06 pm

It is beautiful because it is authentic and earthy..the house is showing it’s bones and they are beautiful XX

LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE May 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I like the character and personality these walls offer!
.-= LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE´s last blog ..Here’s What I’d Like to Tell You: About Quartz Countertops & Upcoming Posts =-.

maureen May 22, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Love the walls. They sure add to the great ambiance of the rooms.
What is that gorgeous lavender paint on the chairs. Must have it!

Le@thirdontheright May 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I have seen some awfully bad panelled rooms too … think it is the overall appeal that makes any room great :) le
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Lisa T. May 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

Yeah, I think she’s right about the charm of the walls. They give so much to the room. I’m looking forward to putting some bead board in one of the bedrooms. Hope it turns out!

Carrie May 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I love the paneled walls. My dilemma has been to paint or not to paint. My colonial style home was built in the late 70s and has a wood paneled family room/den. It is dark. It only has 2 small windows. It does feel somewhat cozy and my husband is very much opposed to painting it. I really want too. Brighten it up. Make it more cottage like. What is your opinion? I really enjoy your blog. I have been a regular since I found it and discovered we have the same black and white furniture! I use red where you us turquoise. I like the turquoise better.
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Holly Mathis May 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm

i think it is crazy to say this will go out of style…wood walls are wood might not be as popular of a look but my house has had tongue and groove painted wood walls for 70+ years.maybe it is more desirable now but function is function.. you just cant compare the “trend” of teal color paint with wood walls;;

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