Interior Obsessions – Painted Wood Walls

By Modern Simplicity • posted on 02/13/2024


I love natural wood, and my first instinct is always to create a wood wall that looks as natural as possible. But I’ve seen some great painted walls lately, and know that there are times when painting your slat or tongue-and-groove wall surface really is the right call. The great thing is that painting gives you a large range of options. From white beachy horizontal boards to a dark Japanese look with deep blacks, you can give your wood wall some personality.

Maybe you have wood walls and love the texture, but the color of the wood doesn’t go with the rest of your decor. Or perhaps you already have copious amounts of wood in your interior, and need to provide a little visual relief. Painting your wood wall might be just the ticket. Don’t forget great options like a warm grey, or even a color if you’re being a bit daring. Or try one of the new lookalike wallpapers! And if you don’t really want to cover all that natural grain, a stain or wash in a similar tone can be just as lovely.

Do you love wood, and can you stand to cover it up?

(above) Black Vertical Boards


Vertical White Kitchen + Window Seat


Horizontal Black


Textured Grey Boards + Matte Black Stain


Vertical Lines

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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Yes, painting a dark and dreary room is like “night and day”. The amount of light is amazing and refreshing.


I never thought of myself as a fan of painted wood either! Now that I see these photos though, black/dark painted wood would look great in a home! & white wood is perfect for my future beach/lake house.

xo, B


I’m generally not a fan of painted wood, but wood plank walls painted white have a pretty big place in my heart. All of these spaces are lovely!

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