10 Ways to Make Wood Paneling Look Chic

It's not an eyesore when you apply one of these easy, DIY treatments.

wood paneling
House of Turquoise + J+J Design Group

The look of all-wood paneling is bold, to say the least. But that doesn't mean it can't also be stylish and stunning. Try one of these DIY updates to turn your walls into something you're proud of.

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Courtesy of House of Turquoise
Obscure it with shelving.

Built-in bookcases steal the focus, while stylish accessories turn the panels into a decorative backdrop. But if you really hate those lines, just stack books in front of 'em until not an inch shows through.

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Courtesy of Carla Aston
Lighten up with art.

If you want keep the wooden color for a rustic room, but don't want the space to feel too dark or dated, use your accessories wisely: A small gallery wall and a large, show-stopping mirror gladly take the attention away from the deeply stained wood.

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The Vintage Rug Shop
Add a coat of paint.

A popular method for covering up ugly wood paneling, painting it white quickly brightens up a space and gives the boards a cute cottage vibe. This One Room Challenge makeover shows how it's done in her bedroom.

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wood paneling
J+J Design Group
Run the wood horizontally.

Even though the pinks, oranges, and blues in this room might stand out, it's the horizontal shiplap that creates a foundation of interest — as seen here in this One Room Challenge makeover.

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Cameron St.
Let it make a statement.

Instead of covering all your walls with wood planks, try a less-is-more route by just doing a small section. This way, the wood will feel special when used, as proven by this One Room Challenge participant's makeover.

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Courtesy of Home with Baxter
Choose a dark color.

Here, a deep navy paint is strategically placed on paneling the homeowners don't want to stand out. Why? Because the white accessories, shelving, and appliances take the emphasis off the ridges, helping them almost disappear.

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James Tiffany/Oxford Boone
Use it strategically.

Removing wood paneling is no easy task, so it's best to not over-do it with this material. Want inspiration? This One Room Challenge designer opted to use this decorative element on the ceiling, instead of walls.

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Courtesy of Project Nursery
Conceal with curtains.

When you can't beat it, just throw long drapes over it so you don't have to look at it. Here, green, white, and blue cloth make this nursery feel soft and welcoming, instead of harsh and rigid.

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Courtesy of Maison De Pax
Lighten with whitewashing.

This technique allows you to keep the woodgrain texture of walls, but not the deep color. Start by watering down your paint, then you'll want to brush on, immediately wipe, and repeat until you get your desired color.

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Courtesy of The Lettered Cottage
Choose soft accents.

Long, flowing drapes and bright, white chairs give this paneled room a breezy, beachy feel. The best part? This fix doesn't involve any messy paint, and adds light texture to a space.

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