Classic Design Ideas Using Rustic Wood Wall Paneling

Rustic Wood Wall Paneling
September 15, 2017

With many options available, choosing the best rustic wood wall paneling for your space is easier than ever. Wood walls are a great addition to any space and can really help to define a room, adding color, texture and giving the space personality. Gone are the days when rustic wood paneling felt like a re-run from the 1970's, today top designers and architects are using rustic wood in a wide variety of projects from rustic lodges to traditional homes as well as modern spaces both residential and commercial.

From a simple accent wall to a fully clad interior, there are numerous ways to use rustic wood on walls. Adding elements that flow together and compliment each other throughout the space can help make it feel more coordinated and adds a natural look and feel to the design.

While it may seem straightforward, there are actually quite a few different ways rustic wood wall paneling can be installed. Depending on the desired look, the orientation of the planks can make a huge impact on the overall appearance of the space. Vertical wood planks have a more traditional look while paneling installed horizontally has a more modern appearance. Rustic wood can also look great when placed at an angle, most people use 45 degree angles, however, there is no right or wrong way to achieve a fresh and great design. One more classic way to utilize wood paneling is creating wainscoting, this is accomplished by only covering the lower portion(usually around 3 to 4 feet) of the wall. Traditionally this was accomplished with bead board, but using rustic wood to create wainscoting adds a new twist and looks amazing.

Natural Barn Wood Paneling
Mixed Tones Feel Natural With Barnwood
Walnut Wood Paneling
Walnut Paneling Is Deep, Dark And Lovely

Enhance the look of the rustic paneling with trim accents to create a more finished look. Using the same material to trim out the space is a great way to make everything blend together harmoniously and add a clean look without increasing the cost dramatically. Depending on the size of the room, trim pieces in a dimension of 3/4 of an inch thick by 3 to 5 inches wide are an appropriate size and will be in scale. Doors, windows and baseboards are common places where trim can be easily used and can make seams and end cuts effortlessly disappear.

Natural Barn Paneling
Natural Barn Wood Paneling

Framing out three dimensional elements and cladding them in rustic wood paneling can be a way to add to the visual appeal of the space without the need to cover a full wall. With lots of crisp angles and corners the look is sharp and feels tailored and customized. 

Natural Barn Wood Paneling
Wood Paneling Isn't Just For Walls
Grey Barn Wood Paneling
Grey Barn Wood Paneling Creates The Perfect Accent

Color variations are one of the factors that make barn wood so interesting, the grey tones found in weathered woods are created naturally by the sun and elements adding to their charm and character. Grey is a color that works well with many other colors and can be used to enhance the looks of a wide variety of spaces.

Reclaimed Barn Paneling
Coastal Collage Paneling

Rustic mixed hardwood paneling used to create this accent wall blends well, and enhances it's modern appearance with a natural organic feel. Modern design can benefit from the use of authentic materials, bringing much needed warmth and natural color into the environment.

Walnut Wood Paneling
Color Variations Feel Very Natural
White Oak Wood Paneling
Naturally Warm White Oak With A Color Pop

Sustainably harvested woods, like walnut and white oak add character without quite as much variation in color tone. Depending on the grade chosen, Character can vary significantly, and can be a great choice for walls. Traditional Grade is smooth surfaced with small to medium sized knots present and has a defined grain pattern. Rustic grade contains original mill marks, medium sized knots and a more irregular grain pattern, and a premium grade will be more formal and clean with only the smallest of knots and character.

Rustic White Oak Wall Paneling
Rustic White Oak Paneling

Full of character, rustic grade hardwoods are a great way to add texture and a natural feeling plank to your walls without the inconsistencies found in reclaimed woods. If you are looking for a rustic wood without nail holes and less color variation, rustic hardwoods are a great choice. 

Rustic Wood Wall
Rustic Wood Completes The Look
Natural Barn Paneling
Natural Barn Paneling Completes The Look Of The Beams

The use of rustic woods has come a long way in the last few decades. today people want their spaces to be more natural and organic, while also being cleaner feeling and less cluttered. Adding materials that have a sense of warmth without being too woody is important. 

Mixed Reclaimed Wood Wall
Mixed Reclaimed Wood Wall

Wood walls and trim elements are eye catching indeed, and with so many options available it can be a little overwhelming to find just the right type of wood paneling for your design and project. From really rustic products to more clean and refined rustic woods, there is an abundance of looks that can be achieved. Today designers and architects are mixing looks and the results are amazing. One of the best ways to narrow down all of the choices is to order samples of a few different products and compare and contrast the material with other colors and textures that will be in the space.