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Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas

May 10, 2019

This dated design trend is an undesirable home quality, but don't fret. Here are five ideas on how to transform your outdated wood-paneled walls into a stunning design element.

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Photo: Andre Bernard. From: Sullivan Design Studio.

Cover With Bookshelves

Cover your dated wood paneling with built-in bookshelves. Using the wood paneling as backing, your bookshelves will become the center of attention. Best part? Built-in bookshelves never go out of style.

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Photo: Profusion Realty Inc., a member of Luxury Portfolio International. From: Profusion Realty.

Accent Wall

This home's stairway features a wood-paneled accent wall that brings color and natural warmth to this otherwise white, neutral space.

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Photo: David Christensen

Fill With Artwork

This wood-paneled living room features an abstract piece of art that covers and draws attention away from the paneling. The light colors seen in the artwork help brighten the dark stained wood paneling.

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Photo: Daniel Contelmo Jr. . From: Daniel Contelmo.


This whitewashed wood-paneled bathroom has a light and bright vibe. The dark wood has been replaced by a breath of fresh air.

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