Why Old Wood Paneling Is So Popular And A Great Design Material

June 2, 2017

Utilized in walls and ceiling applications, old wood paneling makes a statement and is an environmental choice. One of the many reasons that reclaimed woods have become so popular is the unique origin story. These woods have been already been utilized for over a century as barns, and industrial buildings and it is this past is what helps create a unique sought after appearance of character and charm. 

Each plank has unique saw marks, nail holes and scars that give a glimpse into the past and it also creates an authenticity that is next to impossible to recreate or fake with new woods. The beautiful part about reclaimed wood is that after the metals are removed the wood can start to be cut shaped and molded into a high end usable product with the same high tech equipment new woods are milled. The result is a super unique face of each plank with precision milled tongue and groove profiles that allow the wood to be installed with ease and result in clean high end installs. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too. 

Barn Deconstruction

Barn Deconstruction


It's a labor of love

Milling Reclaimed Wood

Old wood meets the modern mill

The woods make for a great design material on a variety of levels from color, warmth, texture, and depth. These woods make for an impactful addition in a minimalist modern office design by adding a wide swath of natural color and warmth. The woods were coated with a waterbased top coat in the space shown below in order that keep the planks as natural as possible. 

Modern Barn Wood Wall

Modern Barn Wood Wall

The vast majority of reclaimed wood comes from the interior of the structure and provides a brown tones aged patia, but the material that was exposed to the elements takes on a beautiful range of gray weathered patina. It’s a full range of gray color tones that are so popular today and makes for a stunning wall paneling display. The exterior planks come in a range of silvery gray tones that developed over the last hundred years of basking in the sun, snow and rain season after season. The woods clean up perfectly and find themselves in a wide range of design settings in both commercial and residential projects. 

Grey Barn Paneling i

Grey wood walls in mountain retreat

Reclaimed Barn Wood Wall

Grey Barn Wood Adds character to the mud room

Big open spaces make for an ideal space to add beautiful old wood walls. The large space creates a great opportunity to incorporate a large accent of color and style that will help set the tone for the establishment. The original aged patina with a natural oil finish radiates in the sunlight and also helps to dampen some of the noise of the patrons. 


Barn Paneling Wall

Reclaimed Wood Wall

The beautiful thing about old wood is that it can look like new too. The woods can be cut from large timbers and beams that allow the old wood to radiate like new, but it still has the old slow growth character of the wood with some checks and nail holes to remind you of where it came from. This cleaner grade of old reclaimed wood is often referred to as “antique” and it can be sourced from a wide range of woods and color tones.  

Modern Wood Wall

Modern Design With Antique Heart Pine

Reclaimed Wood Office Wall

A pop of beautiful old wood

As you can see, old wood has made its mark on just about every design space you can think of and it rarely repeats itself or comes off as a mass-produced product. These planks are painstakingly dismantled, cleaned, de-nailed, kiln driend, planed, ripped, molded, sanded, and finished one board at a time in order to salvage these unique woods from our past and give them a new life. 

Natural Reclaimed Wood Wall


Reclaimed wood paneling tends to be looked at as a wall application, but we are seeing some great opportunities when it comes to covering the ceiling. It makes a dramatic backdrop for some large hand hewn or rough sawn timbers and frees up the other wall for other textures and decor. The paneling and beams make a great pair, they carry similar color tones and textures, but are distinct enough to give their own contribution to the design.

Natural Wood Ceiling

Natural Barn Paneling paired with Hand hewn Timbers

Barn Siding Ceiling

Old wood Ceiling and Beams complete this kitchen

Be sure not to leave your walls or ceilings out of your next design and give some old wood a new life while you’re at it.

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