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20 Decorative Wall Paneling Ideas to Try in Every Room

January 07, 2021

No hate on traditional wainscoting, but there’s so much more in the world of wall paneling. Check out our favorite designs, from 3D cork to farmhouse-inspired shiplap.

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Photo: Laura Metzler. From: Kerra Michele Huerta.

Dynamic Lines

When you think about wall paneling, you probably imagine '70s walls or stuffy molding and wainscoting. But wall paneling doesn't have to be dull or dated. It's a great way to add personality as well as style and texture to any space. This homeowner commissioned custom lattice woodwork to create a diamond-patterned feature wall in the entryway and living room. The subtle paneling looks stunning behind Anthropologie's Gleaming Primrose floor-length mirror.

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Photo: Alex Hayden. From: Heather Scott Home & Design.

Chic Beadboard

Beadboard trim isn't necessarily cool. These days, it's mostly relegated to a kid's bathroom or playroom. But throw a coat of paint on it, pair it with the right wallpaper and it becomes incredibly chic. Just look at the jet-black beadboard in this home office. It looks stunning with the Moroccan black and white wallpaper.

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Photo: Allegra Anderson Photography. From: Kimberly Horton.

Statement Shiplap

Thanks in part to Fixer Upper, shiplap has surged in popularity over the last couple of years. Shiplap is everywhere, from kitchen ranges to fireplaces. This floor-to-ceiling shiplap-clad fireplace features super-dark, almost-black charcoal paint that really pops against the cream walls and faded brick hearth.

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Engineered Wood

If you'd rather not use shiplap sparingly and want to panel your entire place like a renovated home in Waco, Texas, engineered wood paneling is a great way to get that signature Joanna Gaines look without spending a fortune on reclaimed wood — or spending forever installing it. These panels from Wayfair are budget-friendly and come in several different colors, but we love the cream option for that antique, Magnolia farmhouse vibe.

$7.09/sq. ft. at wayfair

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