Design Inspiration: Reclaimed Wood Plank Accent Walls

Part rustic, part abstract, and totally cool. We're almost always drawn to wooden design elements whose histories are reflected in their texture. Driftwood, worn floorboards, fading painted barns—they have our admiration. Naturally, a mishmash, artistic installation combining a whole range of beautifully aged woods has us absolutely swooning...

We often think of reclaimed wood in terms of flooring and furniture, but it can be equally suitable for walls.

1. Salvaged painted, stained, and raw woods mix for an inspiring display. The beauty of the wall is the un-uniformity of textures and forms.

2. I have yet to buy an item from West Elm, but I am in love with this page from their spring/summer catalog. So much so, that it has been gracing my inspiration board for the past several months. Distressed, painted woods are usually categorized as "shabby chic," but here (as in the first picture) the abstract manner in which the worn woods are displayed have a refreshingly modern appeal.

3. Tone on tone painted panels in varying widths create a casual, but refined look.

4. & 5. We also appreciate the coastal vibe of these fresh-hued planked walls.

While we'd love to devote an entire wall to aged woods, the realist in us appreciates this gorgeous pint-size installation as well:

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(Image: 1: Living Etc., 2: West Elm, 3: Emily Followil/ via Desire to Inspire, 4: Coastal Living, 5: via Pink Wallpaper, 6: via the Happy Haven Blog)

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