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Friday, February 15, 2013

Colorful Painted Paneling

We are engaged in a debate, at the beach house, about painting our paneling. 

It would be so simple if our paneling was that fake wood stuff from the seventies.  I've painted that stuff before, and my other half didn't have a problem with it. 

Our beach house paneling is a really beautiful cedar.  It's lovely, it's warm, it feels homey.  And it is dark.  During our dark Pacific Northwest winters it can feel oppressive -- not "beachy" at all.  At night, it can make our living area feel like a black hole.

The plan (well, my plan) all along, was to paint it and lighten things up a bit.  But now my other half is saying "you can't paint wood".  I've heard this from client's husbands many times, and we always come to a workable solution that pleases everyone, but it's harder when it's your own spouse.  This is his house, too, and I need him to be on board with this.  I know, if I can help him visualize how the space will look and feel, he will come around.

For this moment, we will leave it unpainted, but paint out all the trimwork in white.  Not because I've given in, mind you, but because I don't have time to paint it right now, anyway.

{Traditional Bedroom design by Portland Maine Architect Whitten Architects}

For now, I will content myself with images of rooms with painted paneling.  My husband mentioned that the idea of painting paneling white, reminds him of the Portlandia sketch "Put a Bird on It".  I get that.  That's why I'm compiling a collection of colorful painted paneling :)

Doesn't it just make you happy to see all that gorgeous color?  Combined with the texture of the paneling, I think it's just. to. die. for.  Love.

We also have tongue and groove style paneling on our ceiling that would sure reflect a lot more light if we brightened it up! 

I pretty much love everything about this blue paneled wall....

This yellow paneling is so cheery -- it would certainly perk things up on those long gray days of winter!

How about chartreuse?  Personally, I adore chartreuse.... not sure if my husband would go for it, though....

These two bedrooms are from Bed of Flowers -- a beautiful vacation rental in The Netherlands.

I love how the blue painted paneling in this kitchen from The Carriage House Chronicles makes the wood floors and countertop pop.  Gorgeous.

Now, tell me what you think!  Would you paint your paneling?


  1. Something deep inside me will not let me paint ANYTHING made of quarter-sawn oak. Anything else is fair game for the paint brush, especially if the paneling makes a room dark and depressing. Show your pretty painted room samples to your hubby...he'll eventually see it your way!!!

  2. I'd paint paneling in a heartbeat. It is depressing to look at. I know--I had some at our previous house. If we still lived there, it would be painted.♥♫

  3. We had a mahogany kitchen cabinets and my husband won't paint it because its wood and suggested just varnish, I'm a hard headed wife and painted white... we're still using it now and enjoying a white kitchen cabinet... do what your heart tells you... and endure the wrath of your hubby when it fails :)

  4. Love the painted wood...i just getbthe argument??? REALLY,
    Great examples btw!

  5. I love it painted! I love it crisp white or a neutral color and trimmed in white. ahhhhhh

  6. What about painting it with a light white wash so it looks like driftwood - still retains the wood feel but it's not so dark. There's an example of that look in the James Michael Howard room in the April 2011 issue of Veranda.

    1. I love that idea, and have actually broached the idea to my husband -- I've even whitewashed a sample board for him. He just needs time to get used to the idea....

  7. Well, I have painted wood paneling. I had the same bias as your husband, but couldn't stand how dark it was in the hallway. That being said, it would have looked a lot better if I had had someone paint it because I'm an AWFUL painter. I use rollers on cabinetry and am awful at cutting in and usually end up with drip marks and never get around to the finish work. ;)

    I like the idea of a white wash - that driftwood look is really nice.

  8. Love the Portlandia reference! I live near Portland and I love that show. Thanks for the post - lots of great inspiration. Would I paint paneling? Heck ya!


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