What do you think of when you hear the term wood paneling? For most people this terminology brings one of two images to mind.

1.) The first image is usually of a house built in the 60’s or 70’s. Think Brady Bunch, “retro” style homes. Perhaps this is a masculine den with dark wood paneling on the walls or a carpeted living room with paneling on one wall surrounding a brick or stone fireplace.

2.) The second common thought process would bring you to an image of a country home, log cabin or even lakeside cottage. The interior walls of these homes are often made primarily of knotty pine paneling. The stain varies based on your taste but in general this gives the home a cozy, rustic feel.

Rustic Pine Paneling

Although these are the styles people usually connect to wood paneling, they are not the only possibilities. By carefully choosing the right placement, grade, and stain for eastern white pine paneling–you can develop a look and feel that suits your home. Below are some great examples of how wood paneling has turned an average room into something sleek and special.

Pine Paneling on ceiling

Placing this clear-coated eastern white pine paneling on the ceiling provided this room with a unique feature. The panels accent the bright colored paint and create clean lines that add a bit of texture to the space.

Painted Wood Paneling

Painting paneling provides another option for creating a clean, unique look in a room. A bright white like this at home gym can make a room feel larger while a color can help brighten up any space. This is also a great option for updating existing wood paneling.

Another unique use of paneling is to extend it’s coverage all the way up onto the ceiling. By using the same color and style eyes will be naturally drawn upwards to emphasize the height in any room. If you are lucky enough to have a large vaulted or cathedral ceiling, this is the perfect recipe for the WOW factor.

Whether you would like a rustic, retro or modern feel for your home, pine paneling can provide you with a durable and cost-effective way to create a unique feel for any room.