Wood Wall Plank Ideas: How to Make a Statement With Your Next Project

January 18, 2019

Sometimes a simple reclaimed wood plank or sustainably harvested wood can make all the difference in making a space stand out. Whether it is a rustic reclaimed wood look you are trying to achieve or a more modern wall art appeal, wood boards can be used to add color and texture to a room that few other materials can replicate. The natural variation of the wood paneling blends together to create a truly harmonious surface. And a wood accent wall or feature wall is an inexpensive way to update a home or commercial space. 

There are many applications that can utilize wood planks, from high traffic commercial spaces to a diy headboard in a master bedroom. Creating a diy wooden wall as part of an interior design is a top choice due to their highly visible nature. Being at eye level ensures that covering walls with wood planks will make a dramatic impact on visitors. Another reason walls are a great choice is wear and tear. When wood is used as paneling for walls it does not experience the same traffic as it would if it were used as flooring, thus reducing the overall abuse it will sustain throughout the lifetime of the product.

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8 Wood Plank Wall Design Ideas

Large walls can be difficult to design; sheet rock can become boring quickly and does not do much for the overall design of a building’s interior. Elements that can add natural variation can help to offset the large expanses of smooth walls and enhance the design considerably. When choosing contrasting materials it is important to keep scale in mind, and to remember that you can mix and match materials. Adding wood wall planks to one or two walls is a way to create interest without becoming overwhelming. There are times when it is possible to have too much of one particular material in a space which can lead to it feeling smaller or too busy. Explore these 8 wood wall ideas to get some inspiration for how to cover your empty wall with wood wall art

1. Light Colored Elm Planks Installed Horizontally

Wood Wall Planks

How the wood boards are positioned and orientated on the walls also will have an impact on the design aesthetics and overall results of the project. There are a number of ways planks can be installed and, depending on the desired results a range of factors that will need to be planned for. Horizontal installations are the most popular and will look great in most rooms, including this living room here. Installing wood planks vertically is another great option and can make rooms feel larger as well as adding a traditional siding feel. And wood planks are easy to install so you can create a diy wood wall without the help of a professional. 

2. Rustic Reclaimed Paneling Installed At 45 Degree Angles

Wood Wall Paneling

Another way to adhere the wooden planks is at a 45 degree angle, this method is clean and adds a sharp look to the space as well as being something a little different and unique. If you chose to do a 45 degree angle you will need to order a little extra material due to the waste factor incurred when creating the angled cut offs. A similar option to this example would be the herringbone pattern, which has become more prominent in home designs. 

3. Create A Focal Point with Wall Planks

Reclaimed Rustic Wood Wall Planks

Adding wood wall planks can help to define the space, creating a focal point that will grab attention and be memorable. Mixing wood with other materials such as stone counter tops or stainless steel appliances enhances the depth and beauty of each other and adds to the overall look.

4. Clean and Modern Woods Add Warmth

White Oak Wood Wall Planks

Modern spaces can maintain a minimalist vibe while adding warmth with the right building materials. Adding wood to an accent wall or other interior design elements has been proven to have positive effects on the mood of the people who are in the environment. These wooden panels have clean lines that fit in well with the modern design while the track lighting helps to showcase the simple design of the wood accent wall

5. Enhance a Display with Reclaimed Rustic Wood Wall Planks

Reclaimed Rustic Wood Wall Planks

Commercial settings have an obligation to their inhabitants and visitors alike. Creating spaces that are inviting is a great way to attract users and it makes people feel good. When designing an environment around the user it is important to incorporate elements that add warmth and depth to the interior spaces, making them more usable and friendly. Adding a reclaimed wood wall backdrop for display walls or display cases is a great way to draw attention to and show off your products. 

6. Walnut Wood Wall Planks are Dark and Rich

Walnut Wood Wall Planks

Wood wall panels can be used to cover large expanses of walls to increase the interest and warmth of a commercial space. The concept of this center was to create a beautiful space to connect the community. The rich tones of the locally-sourced walnut wood paneling brings those ideas to reality by bringing in the natural character of the woods to the building. 

7. Grey Barn Wood Walls with Traditional Wainscoting

Grey Barnwood Wall Planks

Weathered barn wood is another great option to incorporate planks on walls. The natural color tones of the weathered wood combined with the original texture creates a surface that feels warm and inviting as well as being a green choice that is good for the environment. Reclaimed from old barns and rural structures, these weathered wood panels are given new life in a modern home. 

8. Wood Planks are a Great Addition to Exterior Projects 

Barn wood Wall Planks

While there are many examples of uses for wood wall panels in the interior, these products are also ideal for exterior projects as well. The barn wood siding is sourced from old barns and rural structures and showcases the original character of those forgotten buildings. Repurposed in this newer home, the exterior of this building creates a rustic appeal with all the luxuries of modern day living inside. 

Add Wood Panels to Your Home or Business

With many great options available there couldn’t be a better time to think about utilizing wood wall planks in your next diy home improvement project or professional makeover. From modern to rustic looks, as well as a wide variety of colors, textures and finish options adding just the right amount of character is easier than ever. Elmwood Reclaimed Timber has an array of wood wall panel options available with additional customization options so you can find the perfect fit for your design concept. Explore our wall paneling options today and contact one of our experts if you have any questions. 

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