Reader request – wood panelling

Posted on Wed, 12 May 2010 by KiM

Today’s reader request comes from Anna in Norway: “I have just bought my dream apartment with my boyfriend, and even though I love it the way it is now there are a couple of things I would like to change. I want to make it a little bit warmer by adding some wood paneling to one of the walls downstairs. I was therefore wondering if you have some good inspirational pictures? I would greatly appreciate it!” Anna included a link to the listing of her apartment to show the space she’s talking about, so here’s her living room:

It’s a great space and I adore the staircase! So here are some photos of wood covered walls in living rooms. Anna, hopefully this will get you thinking a bit outside the box, away from traditional panelling as there are so many options you could go with.

Dwell Phoebe Howard
Country Home Country Home
Simon Brown GP

Isay Weinfeld
Bates Masi Architects
Jay Jeffers
Ken Hayden
Elle Deco SA
Emily Summers
Image Locations
Image Locations
Anna G Tufvesson
Costas Kondylis
Nate Berkus
Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects
Rod Mickley
Living Etc.
Living Etc.

Jaylene says:

Amazing photos. The photos of the country home remind me of my country french furniture and decor.

Leanne says:

Sorry Anna but I am with everyone else – wood panelling is a no no.

Sammy says:

Ditto the above. I’d think long and hard before installing wood panelling – even though the inspirational shots are beautiful. (Thanks Kim) You might like to consider the gorgeous Cole and Sons Woods wallpaper. It works well in so many situations. Team it up with some big white fluffy sheepskins and some camel coloured leather. Yum!

It’s your apartment though – I think the rest of us are just jealous!

marthe says:

I instantly fell in love with the petrol blue sofa in the top left picture, but I can’t find it on the Dwell website. Can anyone help?

monika says:

i like natural wood panelling combined with black upholstery. it looks so stylish. like on the picture with the b+w striped rug

Priscilla says:

I hope we get to see what Anna decides to do with the room… which I love. Can I visit?

Ruth says:

I love wood and I love the zig zag design (dwell) and the use of exterior shingles inside. However, I think the other options mentioned would be fantastic! The wallpaper is intriguing or a painting (that you can take with you!). I’m slowly converting my home and I have to say, wood paneling on the walls, if they have any (any whatsoever!) tooth or texture will capture dust and lint. It’s kind of annoying… GREAT POST, Kim!!!

Rtmorfin says:

We are doing the same thing for the Coastal Living Showhouse at Seabrook, WA

Exterior and Interior design was by Lew Oliver, interior finishes/decoration by Tim Clark


Rtmorfin says:

Here are the links, these are great resources!!

Ultimate Beach House

Exterior and interior design by:
Lew Oliver

Stacey says:

My first thought after reading the intro to the post and then seeing her apartment was,"why would she want to spoil a good thing?" She can add accessories or art if she wants warmth but the wood paneling, come on! I was happy to see that others shared my point of view.

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