I remember a time when painting furniture was all the craze. Maybe some people still love it – most people love it or hate it. I don’t necessarily hate it, but I only do it when a piece needs to be saved. If the wood is in good shape, I would leave it as is 99.9% of the time.
Wood furniture is an issue that has mostly been resolved – people have agreed to disagree. But today I’m moving on to bigger and better things – an issue that hasn’t been talked about much. What about wood on the walls? Just like most vintage wood pieces, it can look OLD. Sometimes even granny old. Some people love the look of old. Some people hate old, and they run from any and every thing that might give an inkling of an old vibe.
When most of us think wood walls, especially paneled walls, we think outdated. How to make wood walls modern? I found some images that hit it out of the park…
Modern Wood Walls
The wood plank wall above would read GRANNY if alone. There’s nothing modern about that wall. But when paired with bright, white walls, it’s just magical. The rest of the room has modern pieces and modern lines that make that wood wall stick out like a sore thumb in the best possible way. Without it, this room would have much less character.
My friend, Gwen, calls this room in her home the “wood room” (rightfully so). There’s a lot of wood going on in there, and I think most people would be completely overwhelmed with what to do with it. Gwen plays off of the traditional vibe it brings but in a very modern way. It’s far from feeling stuffy (traditional can be that at times). This wood room is stuffed full of character, and if it were painted, which I don’t even want to think about, it would lose so much life.
Oh baby. This photo alone is what sparked this post. I came across it on Instagram and nearly fell out of my chair. So many elements are playing with that wood wall. The granny-chic wallpaper above the wood, the teal + citrus color combo… it’s all stunning and so risky.
In sum, there are many ways to make wood walls look current. Pairing with bright whites, modern lines or even deep, rich color are a few ways. Also, a wood on wood play like the above photo will give an ultra mid century feel. Are you into it?