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49 Lovely Rooms With Wood Paneling

When you think of paneling, a host of incredibly unlovely images come to mind, am I right? Paneling was incredibly popular near the middle of the nineteenth century; usually in dark wood, and paired with a delightfully shaggy rug and some brass hardware and also lots of burnt orange. Tasteful, yes?

But actually, paneling is so much more! For instance: Wainscoting. Wainscoting is totally paneling. Boiserie? Boiserie is some seriously lovely paneling, folks. (Seriously, seriously lovely.)

And you can use paneling to create vastly different moods. Modern or Traditional, Masculine or Feminine, Sleek or Rough, City or Country, the possibilities are endless. It is often surprisingly affordable, and incredibly easy to install, and the impact? Brilliant. Every time. There is a different kind of paneling for every different kind of home (and homeowner).

Are you a paneling convert yet? After the jump, I’ve amassed 49 paneled inspirations for you and your next room remodel (and to think my goal was to keep this under 10 images–whoops!).


  • TRADITIONAL 1 of 49
    When I think of wainscoting, this is pretty much what pops into my head. Traditional, clean, white.
  • BUT HERE’S A MORE MODERN TAKE 2 of 49
    The slight gray tone mixed with the graphic floral wall paper next to the dark tub and red chair? And the tile?! Perfect mix of just about all styles, all at once.
  • ANOTHER DARK TUB 3 of 49
    And more tones of gray. This time, the wall color provides the color, and the wainscoting stays white (the more traditional way, of course).
  • COLORED WAINSCOTING 4 of 49
    There's no rule that says your wainscoting must be white! I love how this blue color quirks up this bathroom.
  • COUNTRY PANELING 5 of 49
    There's nothing more country than a good mid-height wainscoting, is there?
  • COUNTRY NOOK 6 of 49
    Paneling is especially good for highlighting an architecturally interesting bit of wall, while still providing cohesion.
  • SKY HIGH COUNTRY 7 of 49
    You'll notice this wall of paneling goes clear to the ceiling. And the "built-in" shelf? Brilliant. Makes the whole wall look custom.
  • DINING PANELING 8 of 49
    A very traditional paneled look for your dining room. (Only missing some dramatically heavy, long window treatments, wouldn't you say?)
  • MORE DINING 9 of 49
    Notice how the paneling in this room extends over the curved window, and seems to merge with the mouldings installed along the ceiling at the joint.
  • UNFURNISHED PANELING 10 of 49
    I love how the two types of paneling combined with the exposed beams and the window pane create such a bold statement for this room!
  • PANELING FOR YOUR CAR 11 of 49
    Why should homes have all the fun?
  • PANELING FOR YOUR PHONE 12 of 49
    Are you feeling the paneling love yet?
  • PANELING FOR YOUR TRENDY BAKED GOODS 13 of 49
    Perfect for your husband's birthday.
  • GHOST PANELING 14 of 49
    The impact of this paneling is increased a million fold by those gorgeous lucite pieces.
  • PAPERED PANELING 15 of 49
    Possibly the neatest combination of wall treatments ever, I am dying over this.
  • GRAND PANELING 16 of 49
    Believe it or not, this look is easily achieved in your own home, using decorative rods and plaques, all painted to match your wall color.
  • PERFECTION 17 of 49
    And you thought nothing could ever make your radiators look artistic . . .
  • MARBLED PANELING 18 of 49
    I think in a room this sumptuous, even the most beautiful furniture would be an unnecessary eyesore.
  • DON’T FORGET THE DOORS 19 of 49
    Paneling an entire room--doors and all!--lends to the feeling that you're living in a home filled with mysterious secret passageways, and what could be better than that?!
  • PANELED CLOSETS 20 of 49
    This kills me, in all the best ways.
  • GO FOR BROKE PANELING 21 of 49
    A little bit Chinese, a lot fantastic.
  • A TAKE ON THE OLD FASHIONED 22 of 49
    Horizontally aligned paneling may be old fashioned, but it also makes a room seem wider, and the wood grain can be a fun complement to a more modern/industrial kitchen.
  • PANELED . . . FLOORS? 23 of 49
    Okay, it doesn't really count, but I love the way the finishing on the floor bounces off the paneling on the walls. Very tongue in cheek, don't you think?
  • COUNTRY KITCHEN PANELING 24 of 49
    Aside from subway tiles, a good backsplash of paneling is about the most universally beloved thing I can imagine in a kitchen.
  • LOW AND LOVELY 25 of 49
    I love the way a low panel will anchor a room.
  • RECLAIMED PANELING 26 of 49
    Your teenaged son needs this paneled wall in his room, STAT.
  • I CALL THIS ONE ‘THE MODERN FARMER’ 27 of 49
    Bonus points for the indoor ivy. Goodness!
  • MIXED PATTERNS 28 of 49
    Pattern mixing is all the rage in trendy home design, and wood grain is definitely a pattern. I love how these patterns (stripes, florals, woods) all combine to create a look that eschews gender stereotyping.
  • NATURAL PANELING 29 of 49
    Lovely. Isn't it?
  • YOUR DAD’S OFFICE 30 of 49
    This look takes me back, and something tells me it'll be making a resurgence. Got a man cave that needs some love? Do it. I dare you.
  • PANELED NURSERY 31 of 49
    How perfect is that one paneled wall? So perfect.
  • PARLOR PANELING 32 of 49
    Paneling, plus velvet arm chair. Done.
  • RUSTIC MEETS MODERN 33 of 49
    Meets holy handsome guys!
  • MAKE THE MOST OF CRAMPED SPACES 34 of 49
    Have a tiny room you have no idea what to do with? Panel those walls to create maximum oomph with minimum square footage.
  • LEGO PANELING 35 of 49
    This room is too good to be true, and also, a little LEGOy.
  • ULTRA MODERN PANELING 36 of 49
    I half expect Don Draper to come walking through this one. If you built it, do you think he'd come?
  • BACHELOR PAD PANELING 37 of 49
    Hello, perfect bachelor pad calling, line two!
  • WHAT IS THAT? CEDAR? 38 of 49
    Quick question, do you think this room smells as amazing as it looks?
  • ANOTHER MODERN PANELED NURSERY 39 of 49
    This one with a touch more of a feminine edge.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY PANELING 40 of 49
    I love the warm lived-in look of this dining room and the haphazardly displayed kids artwork.
  • WHITEWASHED PANELING 41 of 49
    In this room, husband and wife both win. The panels scream masculinity and minimalism, the whitewash and oversized pom poms say "Don't forget to put the toilet seat down." Win win.
  • PANELED BOOKSHELF 42 of 49
    When in doubt, panel everything. This bookshelf combined with the wooden accent tables is such a looker.
  • ECLECTIC PANELING 43 of 49
    There is something for every body in this room. Personally, I'm a little obsessed with that rug. Holy soft!
  • ULTRA FEMININE PANELING 44 of 49
    Something about this room is compelling me to pop some popcorn and put on a chick flick. Hmm.
  • PANELED FIREPLACE 45 of 49
    Turns underwhelming into straight up amazing.
  • PANELED STAIRCASE 46 of 49
    Talk about a grand entrance!
  • LASER CUT PANELING 47 of 49
    In case you're thinking paneling is just for the 'traditional.'
  • MATCHING PANELING 48 of 49
    I love the way the paneling bounces off the graphics of the rug.
  • DARK AND BROODING 49 of 49
    And beautiful!

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