When most adults hear the words “wood paneling,” images of their childhood home come to mind. Remember that stuff? It was super popular from the 1950s through the 1970s because it was low-cost and simple to install. It also appeared as cheap as it was, in no way resembled real wood and was so… brown! These, among other reasons, caused it to eventually fall out of style.

But guess what? Like high-waisted jeans, it’s back and better than ever.

A far cry from its older cousin, however, the wood paneling of 2018 is modern, realistic and can be used for virtually any residential or commercial application you can think of. While it’s best used in moderation, here are a few ideas we really like:

  • Create a stunning feature wall with colour & texture

  • Break up a large space

  • Emphasize a particularly great architectural feature

  • Warm up an otherwise cool space

  • Establish a warm, rustic feel

  • Instill a sense of the extraordinary

We recommend three manufacturers of wood panelling; each with its own unique take on the old classic. We couldn’t be happier with the results!

  1. Coeur d’Alene Wood of Idaho has patented a revolutionary process that accelerates the aging of wood, weathering the lumber to give it an authentic barnwood and reclaimed look and character. They also sell an Xcelerated line of products that has the structural integrity for outdoor use, making it perfect for siding, trim, accent walls, ceilings and doors.

  2. MyWoodWall produces sustainably-sourced wooden products from the island of Java in Indonesia for today’s environmentally-conscious consumers. Their easy-to-install, real wood wall paneling system transforms any room with each uniquely finished piece which has been artisan hand-crafted to perfection.

  3. Wisconsin-based Wallplanks is a subsidiary of From The Forest, a manufacturer of engineered hardwood flooring and innovative wall products. They focus on beautiful, high-performance products at a competitive price. They also put emphasis on the environment by preserving natural resources, protecting air quality and meeting emissions standards.