Lately, it seems like nothing’s more fresh than old school. Gingham, not just for picnic blankets or grandma’s tablecloth, is back for another season in the spotlight as one of summer’s foremost trends. Kitschy pieces from decades past are getting a modern revamp. And as for wood paneling? This traditionally dated style is feeling more mod than ever—provided it’s used correctly, of course. Take a look at some of our favorite examples of wood paneling this way of the ’70s.
Light-washed wood is the perfect backdrop for art in this seaside Connecticut home. The washed out style of the wood makes the space feel light and airy rather than closed off, a risk you run when using darker shades of wood paneling indoors.
Who says wood paneling has to be relegated to the wall? Test it out in a smaller (and less risky) way via your furniture. Tasting Table’s founder and CEO has the right idea with this tall and narrow dresser, used in his NYC apartment to fill up an empty corner in a functional way.
Large panels of wood get no special treatment here. This unadorned look is perfect for a minimalist natural abode.
Yes, this is mid-century modern all the way. ’70s-style paneling pairs up with era-specific furnishings and a modern rug for a space that’s retro in the coolest way.
Go for gray
Everything about this look is sleek and current. They’ve added a bit of rough wood paneling that gives the space a warm, grounded effect. The grey hue blends seamlessly with more modern bathroom elements like the minimalist hardware.
Vaulted ceilings? Why not completely go for it by trimming the walls and ceiling in the same wood paneling? A bright tone is inviting and avant-garde.
If you have a wood wall you don’t know what to do with, add interest with a smoky hue like this deep slate blue. It goes smashingly with brass fixtures.
Mad for masculine
As far as wood paneling goes, it doesn’t get more Mad Men than this. You can almost imagine Don Draper living here.
Large wood tiles are a new take on a wood paneled wall—plus, it looks great offset with other wooden pieces in lighter shades. This look begs for modern furniture and décor.
Dark meets light
Super wide wood panels, a sputnik chandelier, and a cowhide rug walk into a bar…No joke, this look is seriously good looking.
Straw, stick, brick
A mid-century modern classic with wood detail on walls and ceiling pair up nicely with a dark brick fireplace. Add stripey pillows and a patterned rug, and you are good to go.
Wood paneling that may ordinarily be too rustic is nothing short of dreamy when teamed with bright colors, florals, and soft textiles. Here’s proof.
So you want to steer as far away from rustic as possible, huh? And you want absolutely nothing to do with wood paneling, hmm? Take a look at this canary yellow wood paneled wall and get back to us.
In the rough
We dare you to try and resist curling up in this cozy nook. Rough hewn wood walls get a bit of dressing up with cozy textiles and fluffiness all around.
It’s an old new world
Darkly brooding paneling and furniture play against brass accoutrements.
High style wood
If you are fortunate enough to have a bathroom with a view of this ornate paneling, don’t be afraid to go for the moody look and paint it a dark charcoal. You won’t be sorry.
Okay, we admit this over-the-top look is not for everyone. But for those of you with a love of color and an assortment of collectibles? A dark wood paneled wall makes nothing less than an ideal backdrop.
This story was originally published on June 28, 2018. It has been updated with new information.
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