How to Use Reclaimed Wood Wall Panelling in Your Home

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There’s a reason why so many people are turning to the natural allure of wood panelling when it comes to their next interior design project.

Not only does wood panelling make a serious statement in the home but it’s an easy way to level up any room and introduce a more natural ambiance to your space.

Offering both minimal charm and rustic chic, depending on how you accessorise, wood panelling could be a great way to give your home a brand-new feel without taking on an overly extensive renovation project.

So, embrace the imperfection that comes with natural materials and use some reclaimed wood wall panelling next time you give your home a refresh in your next interior design project.

Why use reclaimed wood panelling over new panelling?

Reclaimed wood is surging in popularity, for many reasons. Firstly, in many cases, it works out a lot cheaper than buying all of your wood panelling brand new.

Reclaimed wood is also a much more sustainable option compared to new wood as it reduces deforestation and repurposed wood that would otherwise end up in a landfill, never to be used again.

But the real attraction with reclaimed wood is that you never quite know what you’re going to get. Wood is a natural material and, because of this, it’s hard to make it look completely perfect.

This means that the wood panels you get will be completely one-of-a-kind and will create the perfect centrepiece to base the rest of your interiors.

How to use reclaimed wood panels in your home

Wood panels can work in pretty much any room of your house, from your living room to bathrooms. Whether you want to cover your walls in this natural material, or just add touches of texture to a room, it’s a perfect choice.

Here are some ideas on how you can use reclaimed wood panels in your home:

1.    Have an accent wood wall in your living room

If you like the look of reclaimed wood, but don’t want to commit to covering your entire home in the material, having an accent wall is a good place to start.

Simply choose one wall in your room to cover in reclaimed wood panelling, then keep the rest of the walls painted in a nice neutral shade to compliment the natural feel of the wood.

What you’ll end up with is a nice rustic touch to your living room, without it feeling like it’s completely overwhelmed by the reclaimed wood.

2.    Create a unique kitchen island out of reclaimed wood

When people think of wood panelling, they often think of using it on the walls or floors, but you can also use it with a much more small-scale approach.

If you’ve got enough space in your kitchen for an island, you can cover the sides in reclaimed wood panelling. This will give a beautiful farmhouse-style look and turn your kitchen into a place that you’ll love for exploring new recipes and making delicious meals for the family.

Although some people may like the look of a perfect kitchen, the uniqueness that comes from using reclaimed wood can make your space feel more relaxed and interesting. The different stains of wood and the natural imperfections that show on the wood over time work as a striking visual centrepiece to the room and can be the foundation of the rest of your kitchen’s decoration.

3.    Remodel your bathroom in a rustic style

Another room where reclaimed wood panelling can really make a difference is the bathroom.

There are plenty of opportunities in this room, from covering the walls and floor in wood panelling to create a rustic spa experience, or just using the wood to cover your cabinets, bath, or sink stand.

Lighter wood that has hints of grey looks excellent when paired with crisp, white bathroom furniture and can still offer a glamorous look with a rustic twist. We’d recommend pairing them with some jet-black accessories for an interesting twist on the usual bathroom design.

4.    Bring new life to your old kitchen

Finally, you may also want to think about sprucing up your old kitchen with some reclaimed wood panelling. If your kitchen is in need of an upgrade, but you don’t want to have a complete renovation, switching out your old wallpaper or faded paint can make a very big difference.

Reclaimed wood panelling can create a stylish look in your kitchen, and can be simple to achieve by just switching out a few of your cabinet doors or adding a feature wall.

Whether you’ve picked out some light-wash wood or something that’s a bit warmer and darker, the final look of your kitchen can be very different. Either way, accessorise with contrasting appliances, or just make do with what you have already – wood goes with almost everything.

[image sources: The Wood Veneer Hub]

If you like this post then check out How To Decorate A Large Kitchen Wall (Creative Ideas 2022)Sage Green Kitchen Cabinets: 18 of the BEST Ways to Style Them11 of the Best Wood Panel Wallpaper Ideas, and How to Choose Solid Wood Worktops.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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