14 Wonderful Wood Accent Wall Ideas for Your Home

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Erin Little

A wood accent wall can instantly make a space feel more elegant and sophisticated, rustic and laidback, or warm and welcoming, depending on the style, stain, and type of lumber you choose. To boot, studies have shown that wooden materials can boost the quality of an indoor environment in many ways, from improving acoustics and moisture buffering to hampering certain bacteria. So why not incorporate one into your home decor? If you’re not sure how, we’ve got you covered. Read on for 14 timber-inspired ways to elevate your space.

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Custom wood paneling in this breakfast nook designed by Studio Shamshiri softens the crisp white walls and edgy concrete floors. Not to mention, it’s unique! “Everybody is using white oak, that’s very much a thing of our time, so I try to avoid it as much as possible. Do Shamshiri opted for black walnut wood paneling instead.

“I like how the warm wood makes the modern house and white floors feel homier,” says Eddie Maestri of Maestri Studio, the firm behind this project, which involved replacing and restoring black walnut veneer panels that were original to the home.

A backless, low bench ensures a laidback vibe in this hallway entrance designed by Ellen Kavanaugh. Neutral colors ensure that the tiled floor, texture-rich accent wall, and vintage sconce do all the talking.

Designer Cecilia Casagrande framed the brick fireplace of this colorful living room with rich wood paneling, adding texture and sophistication to the dramatic space.

Designer Laura Hodges added texture to this sweet nook by lining its back with horizontal wooden slats painted in the same bright white as the surrounding walls.

To create this organic look, designer Lindye Galloway used two-inch, rift-cut wooden slats in a custom natural stain. For a similar display, “just add a hanging light fixture, a long console table to span the length of the wall, a mirror, and decor pieces for styling,” she advises.

Prudence and Roger Kiessling, owners of vintage and home goods store The Kingfisher & The Queen, opted to restore and highlight the original wood paneling seen all throughout their cozy and historic 18th-century house in Alna, Maine.

Leanne Ford Interiors created intrigue and dimension with a partial hexagonal tile ceiling that becomes wood paneling when the shower transitions into the vanity zone in this primary bathroom.

The herringbone wooden accent wall in this living room by Sabrina Albanese gives the space a warm, bohemian feel.

Wood paneling on the walls gives this kids’ playroom by Bruce Shostak a slightly more grown-up feel.

Designer Breeze Giannaso lined three sides of the shower area in this tranquil bathroom with narrow, medium-dark wooden slats to enhance its nature-inspired aura.

Elaine Santos Design juxtaposed a barn door with vertical wooden planks and an accent wall with horizontal slats to create a clean, modern farmhouse look.

Porcelain tiling made to mimic dark wood lend this recreational room’s cozy and inviting atmosphere in this space designed by Jessica Davis.

Barrie Benson Design used strips of light wood spaced apart to create a wall divider that still allows plenty of natural light to stream into this island-themed dining room.

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