Some design ideas for interior wooden wall panels include horizontal slat paneling, sheets of grained wood in multiple sizes and wide-plank, vertical timber paneling. These panels work well in contemporary designs. Other options are to use reclaimed wooden panels as an accent wall or paint the paneling.
Traditionally, builders install wooden wall paneling vertically. A modern design method installs these panels horizontally, from floor to ceiling. Slat paneling works well with this method, as it ensures a design with minimal seams.
Homeowners can install sheets of grained wood, such as bocote and goncalo alves, in abstract sizes, some vertically and some horizontally, to create an accent wall with wooden paneling. In addition, selecting the widest plank possible in these woods allows the wood grain to attract the eye instead of the paneling lines.
Another option is to use recycled or reclaimed wood to create paneling for an accent wall. The wider the plank, the better for a contemporary, yet rustic design. This also gives a distressed look to the wall. If the wood paneling cannot be salvaged by sanding and refinishing it, homeowners can paint the paneling as well. Once the paint dries, homeowners can create a distressed look by using a putty knife to scrape the paint in a random pattern.