We have all become familiar with the wood wall treatment trend. Like any cycle, trends repeat and come in and out of favor over time. Currently Wood Wall Treatments are in the spotlight. Jumping on board with sustainability and recycling, wood walls became popular again by using reclaimed wood as a statement piece or simply exposing the shiplap that was already in place from years ago but hidden behind re-finishes. Depending on the theme and style of the project, there are many variations to wood wall treatments so you can find one to fit your home or project.



A focal point can be created in any space with a section of wood paneling in the wall. Shown below, a dining room gets an upgrade when an inset accent wall is decorated in White Oak. The contrast of color and texture adds interest and dimension to the plain wall.



Taking a wall within a room and adding wood paneling to the entirety of it creates this full wood wall covering shown below. This design feature adds interest to this modern room and in keeping all wood within a similar stain; harmony is achieved to make this bedroom calm and serene, but by no means boring.



Exposing the original shiplap wall finish in a home is a great way to add texture to a room while being environmentally conscious. This idea below from HGTV’s Fixer Upper has sparked the wood wall treatment trend and lends itself to the Farmhouse feel. The horizontal white wood paneling is applied floor to ceiling in this living room and down the hallway. The metal shelving adds an industrial element and helps to balance out the other farmhouse elements.




Wood hung vertically can add the illusion of height in a not so tall space. By creating lines that run floor to ceiling, the eye is brought upward, creating the feeling of a spacious room with tall ceilings. The photo below demonstrates how tongue and groove paneling is used to add that height. The finish in a crisp clean white also creates a more spacious environment.

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Now you can create your very own Wood Wall Treatment. Use this link to see a budget friendly video of how to finish your walls in this current wood wall treatment trend.



Once the basics are covered, in wood, more interesting wood wall elements can be explored. Wood can be arranged in a pattern such as Chevron or geometric blocks. Insets or built ins covered in wood add more dimension. Taking paneling floor to wall to ceiling to cover the entire space will create an interesting design. Simply rotating the panels from vertical to horizontal gives a wall a completely different look. Also using paneling on a smaller scale such as a backsplash, headboard, or covering a wall three quarters of the way gives new life to a classic design.