Wood paneling walls is so versatile; one can add a warm rustic touch to a room, giving it the look of a mid-century den, ocean-side cottage or cozy farmhouse. Wood panels are available in a variety of wood types, styles and finishes. Some types of wood panels are finished while others are made to be colored, painted or waxed to coordinate with the room where they are installed.
For the appearance of a mid-century ranch, the walls clad in spruce pine panels. Install it vertically from floor to ceiling and finish it by waxing so that the wood fibers and knots show through. To brighten the appearance, clean it or choose pastel color. The same type of panel adds a rustic look installed horizontally halfway up the wall and topped with a shelf for displaying collections and photographs.
Bead board panels, generally narrow planks of tongue and groove, can also be purchased in sheets. Install it on your kitchen walls for a country, cottage, garden or shabby chic decorating system. Cabinet doors fashioned from the pearl board and in combination with black wrought iron hinges raise a vintage farmhouse. Paint it white for a clean, fresh vibe or choose a color that coordinates with other shades in the room.