If the term wood paneling makes you think either "70s Brown Hot Mess" or groan at the thought of yet another episode of HGTV's Fixer Upper, then take a look at these alternatives. They are a great way to add visual interest to flat surfaces.
Above, Dana Frieling created this graphic pattern by adding panels of MDF to a plain white wall to her home in Dallas. The full home tour is in D Magazine.
Nam Dang Mitchell designed this residence and its paneled entryway. It's a modern minimalist, almost inverted, take on traditional wall trim.
DIY details are found throughout this home office designed by Vintage Revivals, including the accent wall. It defies the term builder basic.
If you like scalloped pattern, Classy Clutter shows you how to give your wall a fish scale effect, using cut plywood and mounting tape to hold them all up. You could easily paint all the shapes white to get less contrast.
Okay, this is technically not a wall. But if you want an easy weekend project, add geometric shapes to your bi-fold closet doors. A Beautiful Mess shows you how to quickly customize one of the most plain spots in your home.
Kelly Wearstler designed this living room with curving furniture and a layered panel wall. Because its painted white, it's a subtle focal point that adds tons of texture to the room. It's more aspirational, but still amazing.
This London townhouse, seen on Elle Decor, uses overlapping layers of wood shapes. No need for wall art with a wall like that.