Is Wall Paneling Right for My Home?

July 10, 2023 | Interiors

Installed directly over your existing walls, custom wall paneling lets you dress up your walls while protecting what’s underneath. From your stairway to your dining room, there’s a lot you can accomplish with a thoughtful wall panel design: it can pull a room together, giving it texture and dimension while elevating your home’s overall aesthetic.

The Benefits of Wall Paneling 

It looks great.

With a range of colors, patterns, and styles, wall panels can accentuate your style preference, from rustic to modern to traditional. Decorative wall panels can make different spaces in your home pop, with versatile materials to suit your design preferences. 

“I love the way wall paneling adds texture to a room,” noted Sydney Monson, one of JBDB’s designers. “It can easily add dimensions and excitement to the design, either as a visual focal point or a subtle accessory to the room.”  

It stays looking great. 

While wood wall paneling may be the traditional material of choice, today, there are lots of options better suited to withstand the scuffs, bumps, and dents of daily life. Fiberboard and melamine, in particular, are great for high-traffic areas like an entryway or kitchen. Melamine is moisture–resistant, meaning you can use it in the kitchen or bathroom. 

“We always talk our clients through different materials before settling on the one that makes sense for their lifestyle, especially with little kids running around,” added Monson. “Tailoring our suggestions to your lifestyle keeps the design looking great long after the home remodel is complete.” 

Bedroom with navy blue walls and wood wall panelingWhere Does Paneling Work Best?

As you assemble images for your upcoming home remodel, these wall paneling ideas can get you thinking about your space. 

Dining Room or other formal space. Here, wall paneling – including millwork – can bring new life to a room, giving it a distinct style separate from the rest of your home. Extend the paneling the entire height of the wall for a modern look, or pull it up only halfway for a more traditional one. 

Mudrooms, Entryways, Stairwell. Not only are these spaces highly utilized, they’re likely the first thing a visitor sees when coming by for a visit. Use this space for a strong first impression. Paneling’s durability also means if muddy shoe prints wind up on the wall, you can wipe them away without worrying about long-term damage. 

To Read: Three Millwork Ideas to Add Character to Your Dining Room 


Can Wood Paneling Make a Room Feel Small?

Mudroom with wood paneling and bench

It can, especially if you decide to go with a darker color! When working with paneling, consider the room’s size, shape, and purpose before selecting paneling materials and color. JBDB’s design experts can help make sure that the material choices for any renovation look and feel intentional and highlight the best parts of the space.

Work Through Decisions With a Design-Build Team

Home remodeling decisions can easily get overwhelming, with seemingly endless options. Working with an experienced design-build team gives you insights that make the process smoother for everyone. A professional opinion means you can rest easy knowing you made the right choice for your home and it’s been installed beautifully. 

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