Beyond Shiplap: 6 White Walls That Will Make You Rethink Wood Paneling

Beyond Shiplap: 6 White Walls That Will Make You Rethink Wood Paneling

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Dabney Frake
Sep 13, 2016
(Image credit: D Magazine)

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.

(Image credit: Nam Dang Mitchell)

Nam Dang Mitchell designed this residence and its paneled entryway. It's a modern minimalist, almost inverted, take on traditional wall trim.

(Image credit: Vintage Revivals)

DIY details are found throughout this home office designed by Vintage Revivals, including the accent wall. It defies the term builder basic.

(Image credit: Classy Clutter)

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.

(Image credit: A Beautiful Mess)

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.

(Image credit: Kally Wearstler)

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.

(Image credit: Elle Decor)

This London townhouse, seen on Elle Decor, uses overlapping layers of wood shapes. No need for wall art with a wall like that.

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