Wood paneling on interior walls has come a long way from the dark basements of the 1970s. A few years ago, interior wall wood resurfaced in the form of smooth contemporary statement pieces. Now, we are beginning to see more rustic unfinished wood — like shingles and flooring remnants — showing up on walls. Whether they are old or new, the embraced look is giving rooms a more vintage character.
While layering wood on walls instantly creates a cozy intimate setting, it doesn't have to look cottage kitsch. Graphic mural designs can be created by mixing different colors and patterns of wood on one wall.
Paneling indoors also has practical benefits. It can be cheap and green. If you only need to panel a small area, most supplies can be found instead of bought. Call your local roofer and ask if they have any wood shingle remnants or if they know where any can be found. Indoor wood paneling provides extra insulation and can cut down on heating and cooling costs. And if you're worried about your walls, shingles and other woods can be fastened using nails or adhesives. Many of theses adhesives leave behind very little permanent damage.