Help Me Decorate a Wood-Paneled Room

Help Me Decorate a Wood-Paneled Room

Tess Wilson
Aug 18, 2014
(Image credit: Tess Wilson)

As I've mentioned, when I first saw our new house, the wood-paneled, shag-rugged, low-ceilinged, taxidermy-adorned sunroom was my least favorite part of the house... but now I'm kind of jazzed about it. Wood paneling for all! Help me make the most of this oft-maligned material:

Here's what we've chosen so far:

Framed Botanical Illustration: A few years ago I was given the perfect gift: a botanical illustration of a fern. It was from an antique book, but there are beautiful reproductions like this one from BelleBotanica all over Etsy. Now I just need to find a frame—we have other art in a couple of these Jällvik frames from IKEA, and I think their grey tone won't clash with the wood walls.

Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Poster: Obviously. My dad gave me this, and I think the entrance to our house is the perfect spot to hang it and raise awareness.

Ceiling Fan: We bought this Hunter Raefield fan from Menard's and I adore it (and I could swear we didn't pay that much for it). The fan's pseudo-modern yet rustic vibe is perfect for the room, and the low profile means my super-tall family members can keep their heads.

Plants: In three years' worth of visits to San Francisco's Community Thrift, I amassed an impressive collection of gorgeous, handmade flowerpots. They all seem to be made by the same maker, and they were a total steal at $2 or $3 each. I plan to fill them with ferns. Though we call it the sunroom, the light is all very filtered, so I'm hoping the ferns will thrive. These white pots from French Connection are the closest I could find online (mine are cream, brown, and green, and a bit more rustic).

Reading Light: Ooh, I want this Ranarp wall lamp from IKEA so bad! We're envisioning the sunroom as a perfect place to read, so bright and cozy lighting is a must. Fingers crossed there's $20 in the budget for this beauty.

Flooring: This is the glueless sheet vinyl flooring we purchased from Menard's (it was cheaper than the online price, but I don't have my receipts handy). We wish the "pieces of slate" were larger, but's way better than any of the other thousands of cheap flooring options we looked at.

So what else? How would you make a low-ceilinged, wood-paneled room feel fresh and inviting?

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