StyleFile #10 Pine Paneling Is Making A Comeback

Remember wood paneling in your parent’s den? I didn’t know a house that didn’t have some paneling in it when I was growing up. As years went by, paneled rooms got painted. If by chance you have unpainted paneling in your home now, think twice before you paint. Pine paneling is making a stylish comeback!


Interior designer Steven Gambrel did this comfortable living room. The clients felt the pine walls were part of the history of the house and wanted to keep them. “Steve,” they said,” was the only person who didn’t say paint them white.” The couple love what he did. So do I.


Who says paneling doesn’t look cool with retro styled furniture? Note the use of the narrow paneling on the walls and the use of wider paneling on the ceiling. The two different scales create texture and movement.


This is a cozy paneled room from a cabin in northern California. Instead of the Bonanza-look (think cowboy), the owner has used an unexpected mix of furniture.


The modernist Carlo Mollino designed this dining room in his home on Lake Maggiore, Italy. The warmth of the wood with the green glazed tile is perfect together.


You didn’t think paneling could look this good in a kitchen, did you?


This pine paneling is wonderful in a traditional English-inspired bedroom.

(Photos- Home Style, Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, House and Garden)


2 thoughts on “StyleFile #10 Pine Paneling Is Making A Comeback

  1. It’s funny you should mention that, Kathryn. The photo (second from top) came from an article in Elle Decor and it showed an exterior shot of the house…in very deep snow! :)

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