“Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’ve mentioned it before and we’ll mention it again, Denver is the hottest housing market in the nation! This means that there are so many qualified people vying to become homeowners that they are buying less than stellar homes for more than they would care to admit. So, how can a budget-busting fixer-upper become a dream home without breaking the bank? In this article, we are going to focus on taking inspiration from something you will likely see many of these homes, wood paneling, and provide some replacement alternatives for your Colorado home.
This style is becoming more and more popular as anyone with a “home design” Pinterest board will testify. But, it makes complete sense why so many people love this design! The concept is extremely flexible, both in budget and in style. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer on a budget, properly refurbished pallet boards can be repurposed into a beautiful accent wall; or, if you are looking for something more upscale, beautiful hardwoods like oak, cherry, or mahogany can be installed to match the rest of the home’s design. Reclaimed wood paneling also lends itself to many home styles; driftwood boards are beautiful in beach homes, reclaimed pallet boards can provide a little flavor to a modern or contemporary house, and boards made from beetle-kill trees is an interesting way to spruce up a mountain cabin. We also suggest reusing wood from something that has history, if you have access to an old barn or you are replacing the dock in front of your lake house, you can install an interesting story or two into your home while saving a pretty penny by reusing the assets already at your disposal.
Shiplap Paneling and Tongue and Groove Paneling
These styles of paneling look very similar, but differ in how the panels connect to one and other. Shiplap panels are connected by a rabbet joint, which looks similar to a set of 2 stairs and fits tightly together to create a waterproof seal, hence the term “SHIP-lap.” In tongue and groove paneling, like the name suggests, each board sits on top of another and the “tongue” of one board fits into the groove of another creating an overlapping style, instead of the flush style of the Shiplap paneling. Both of these styles are used for a home’s interior and exterior, notably, tongue and groove is better at protecting a home against the elements. This style is more informal for an interior and works well in a cottage home, beach house, or cabin. If you like this style, but are on a budget, shiplap traditionally costs less than tongue and groove.
Flat panels, as you would imagine, use large flat panels to decorate the walls of a room. This is the style into which you would classify wainscoting and other higher-end paneling. Flat Paneling is typically more expensive because the single boards are larger, harder to make, and are often more elegantly styled. However, many houses with wainscoting use beadboard as a beautiful and significantly more affordable alternative.
If you’re stuck with the old, dark, 1970’s wood paneling and are looking to upgrade to something a little more modern, we would love to help. Contact us to set up a consultation and our design experts can provide some great direction on what type of paneling would complement your home, as well as what kind of furniture and accessories would accentuate your new walls.