Wood Paneling Makeover Ideas

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 Here are five ideas on how to transform your outdated wood-paneled walls into a stunning design element.

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May 10, 2019

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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.

From: Sullivan Design Studio

Accent Wall

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

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.


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 The dark wood has been replaced by a breath of fresh air.

Paint a Striking Color

If you don't like the color of the dark-stained wood-paneled walls in your home, consider painting them a brighter color. This living room features purple paneling, and is a fun way to embrace this design element.

Bold Black

This wood paneling is brought into the 21st century with chic black paint and a mix of colorful pillows. Bring that paneling up-to-date by painting a bold black that is sure to leave a lasting impression - in a good way.

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