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Top Trend: Accent Walls of Wood

In a recent post on Living, Etc, interior designer Jensen Killen from Logan Killen Interiors, says, “wood accent walls are an “effortless way to introduce architectural interest, while also providing a more durable wall surface.”  We couldn’t agree more and many consumer are looking to wood for inspiration to add an upscale rustic touch to their homes.   Here are four of our favorite ideas from the article.

Who doesn’t love a little wainscoting to add depth and texture to a room?  For centuries, builders and homeowners have installed wainscoting to protect their walls from chair or table damage, scuff marks from footwear, and other damaging elements.  In a recent article on, Andi Morse, of Morse Design, said that “dark wainscoting is a trend that has blown up in the design world in 2021 and will continue to rule 2022. Wainscoting in a deep, saturated color is popular because it leans into the moody color trend, adding an elevated look to any room with features that make the space look much more expensive.”

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Protect your investment.  Used here as a durable backsplash, wood can be painted to match the rest of the kitchen’s color palette.  This can be an inexpensive way to add a practical and rustic touch to your home.

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Floor to ceiling texture.  Layers add texture to spaces, and leveraging wood’s natural beauty is a masterful way to provide some character to your living space.  Grooved, painted timber paneling, adds interest to an otherwise plain wall.

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This modern farmhouse is vibing hard.  In this case, the designer chose to use exotic veneer paneling to lean in to the mid-century modern style of this kitchen.

(Image credit: Colombe Studio)


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