Wood paneling used to be popular in the mid-20th century, before falling out of favor for decades. If you wanted an updated home, the first thing to go was the wood paneling on the walls. Bright, sleek colors were used to replace what was seen as dated wood textures.
But now wood paneling is back. People are finding clever ways to use it in a variety of modern styles. with some sleek geometry, creative stylings and light colors, wood paneling fits well into the updated, modern space. Read on for several ways to use wood paneling in your modern home.
You can make a modern room a little bit fresh by sticking to paneling that has lighter colors. Lighter colors, in general, help space feel more open. The light color of the walls breaks up the wood paneling on the ceiling and floors. Many people with modern tastes may consider an abundance of wood to feel cramped — likening it to a cozy cabin. The style above counters this fear with lots of natural light.
The three-dimensional geometry wood paneling is easy to accomplish by just simply raise a few panels above the main backdrop. It’s a funky style that fits well with modern styles since modern aesthetics tend to veer towards creative geometry and three-dimensional home features.
What’s more, this idea is highly customizable. You could choose large square panels at different heights. You could also go for smaller panels of different sizes for a collage effect.
There is another way to incorporate modern wood paneling by just using a small portion of the room. Like in the picture above, a narrow area of paneling surrounded by white walls actually helps space look more modern. The wood area creates a sudden change in texture, generating visual interest.
The wood paneling also acts as a visual barrier for the sitting area by the TV, which is a good way to separate different spaces in the open-concept areas that modern spaces are known for.
If you want to create a sleek geometry in your wall, You can choose wood paneling to create it. By cutting the paneling into narrow strips, you can get a more lined, geometric look. Modern spaces are all about stark geometry, so this is a key way to use wood paneling in a modern style.
The photo above shows that changing the direction of paneling between the ceiling and the walls adds visual interest and bold geometry. You can also try switching it up, with narrow panels on the ceiling and wider panels on the wall.