Friday, March 30, 2012

Wood Paneling - Saying Goodbye to a 60s/70s Obsession

 In the 60s and 70s, this country became obsessed with wood paneling. Thought to evoke a warm and cozy feel in family rooms, basements, dens and even bathrooms (eek!), across America, wood paneling was all the rage amongst homeowners.  I'm not talking about the the rich wood paneled walls you might see in some of the old estates in England. I'm talking about the cheesy dark faux wood (although sometimes real wood was used), wall to wall paneling that was often accented with a shag rug, linoleum flooring and Formica countertops.  
I found this vintage ad for wood paneling promsing "the romance of the Old World?" Seriously???
  



Every house I've lived in has had at least one room, ususally the basement, covered in the dreary looking stuff. While I respect and sometimes even enjoy a midcentury modern element or 2  in a room design, wood paneling brings back a little too much of that era for my liking.  So what happens when ripping paneling off the wall isn't in your budget but you just can't stand looking at it any more?  PAINT IT!!

Here are some really great pictures of what a can of paint (and updated furnishings) can do to give a wood paneled room a COMPLETELY different feel. 



I know there are some basements out there just waiting to be saved. So who's ready to grab a can of paint and whip out a brush?

3 comments:

  1. I found your post to be extremely helpful as my husband and I are about to move to a home where it looks like the fake wood paneling fairy vomited all over the house. I am very comforted by your after photos. Wood paneling may be okay in certain places (if its not fake wood), but as someone who likes more contemporary designs, its not a good thing to have wood paneling. It ranks up there with the cars that used to have woodgrain along the sides when I was in elementary school

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  2. I found your post to be extremely helpful as my husband and I are about to move to a home where it looks like the fake wood paneling fairy vomited all over the house. I am very comforted by your after photos. Wood paneling may be okay in certain places (if its not fake wood), but as someone who likes more contemporary designs, its not a good thing to have wood paneling. It ranks up there with the cars that used to have woodgrain along the sides when I was in elementary school

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