Trend: Wood Walls

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For a long time, in our minds, there was only one place that wood was allowed in a home: on the floor. Having grown up with some pretty horrific wood-paneled walls, we just couldn’t get behind the trend that slowly began to emerge with modern architecture. Perhaps it’s because it instantly infuses an interior with warmth and relaxation, but the trend of wood walls has become a full-fledged must have in today’s modern home.

While wood walls come in all directions, wood types and levels of roughness, we profess a certain love affair with the horizontal plank look. Frank Lloyd Wright was on to something when he noted that heavy horizontal lines denote relaxation and calm. The photos sprinkled around this post certainly lend credence to that theory. For über modern homes, a smooth, wide plank in a nice light-colored wood tone like ash makes for the perfect addition, but we like being surprised by wood planks with peeling paint, or glossy white planks that give just the teeniest feeling of country simplicity.

What do you think about this trend? Is it even really a trend anymore, seeing how much it’s used in interiors nowadays? Do you have wood walls in your home? Hate wood walls for life? Let us know in the comments!

Images: Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, Donkee House, Curbly, Remodelista, The Inspired Room, Threads of Fantasy and Roomu.
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  1. Heather Chapple

    Dec 7, 2010 at 6:16 am

    Yep…. with the hate them for life group…still haven’t recovered from diagonal tongue and groove cedar of the ’70’s!

  2. j

    Jan 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Love the horizontal planks. Am hoping to get a wall done like this in my living room.

  3. mybedlinen

    Apr 25, 2011 at 8:19 am

    For a long time, the thought of wood on the walls in a room, especially a bedroom, brought back memories of that lovely paneling that we saw in so many homes over the years. To cover it up easily, people would just paint it. True wood walls vs paneling are like night and day. The wood walls above are gorgeous as I am sure many would agree:)

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Apr 25, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I know exactly what you mean. I grew up in a house with HORRIFIC wood-paneled walls. If those walls could see this post they would jump off their studs from pure embarrassment!

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