Last week’s look at chandeliers on Interior Obsessions with FormFire Glassworks introduced a decorating item that has shifted out of the world of the mildly tacky into something cool and modern. This week we take a similar glimpse into the use of wood walls in the modern home.
This is not the thin, hollow-sounding paneling of the late 60s and early 70s, much of which has now been either ripped down or painted over. The intended warmth and materialistic qualities that were intended with that paneling has given way to a more authentic and tactile use of wood as a wall treatment. Whether it be flush horizontal tongue-in-groove boards or routed vertical pieces, left with a clear finish to show the wood, or painted dark, white, grey or a myriad of other colors, the wood wall has made a resurgence as a focal point in interior design. Wood can be used as an overall finish for a more rustic or cottage look, or be placed on a single wall for a modern edge. But some designers are taking the wood wall even further, giving a nod back to the original log cabin with split wood placed to show end grain, as slats to form a substantial yet transparent surface, or even combined with painted boards to create a surface pattern. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.