Is Wood Paneling Making a Comeback?

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Wood paneling is back — and it has seriously boosted its appeal since the 70’s.

Spoiler alert: oh yes, yes it is. The 70’s called, and it wants some of today’s modern wood paneling. What was once a popular choice to adorn residential and commercial walls — and then a retro choice, and then a horribly outdated choice — is now a chic and modern option for decorative walls in interior design. However, no longer is it the bare, basic, and boring paneling that lined your parents’ or grandparents’ basement. It’s greener, deeper, warmer, and sleeker than that. Below are some qualities in modern wood paneling that will make you forget that old, orange shag rug that comes to mind, and rest easy with your design choices.

Sleek and Stylish

Gone are the flat, boring panels and the cheap, composite imitation wood of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Modern wood paneling is real, and much more stylish than its ancestors. Whether reclaimed and restored solid wood panels, sleek veneered ones, or ornate iconic carvings, today’s wood paneling is far from boring. Used in moderation (this is important!), a decorative wood wall feature can really make a space look modern and beautiful.

Inviting and Environmental

Real and modernly designed wood paneling — not the outdated and fake looking fiberboard of the past — doubles in design and function. Reclaiming wood for your interior design is a smart, eco-friendly choice. Additionally, once that wood is up, its texture, depth, and warmth can make a space look and feel good.

Tips for Wood Paneling

Wood paneling is back, but that doesn’t mean that you can plaster it over every surface in the building. Used sparingly, wood paneling can:

  • add color, texture, depth, and warmth to a room
  • give a rustic or modern ambiance, depending on the style
  • save money and the environment

But remember, like all good things in life, moderation is key.

Wood paneling is back with new life in modern interior design. When planning your space, consider the ways that you might benefit from a wood panel. There are plenty of benefits to be had, it’s just a matter of choosing a way that best fits your style. If you’re interested in incorporating wood paneling into your interior fit-out, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


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