How A Wood Wall Can Influence A Space's Decor And Ambiance (2022)

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Everyone knows that wood is a great material for adding warmth to spaces and for making them feel cozy and welcoming, all without minimizing their elegance. The question that naturally results from here is how could or should you use this material in your own home’s interior design and decor?

One of the options is related to walls, more exactly to wood wall accents or anything that basically puts this material up on a wall. We’re always better at understanding things by looking at examples rather than just talking about them so we’ve prepared a bunch for you to check out as well.

Wood accent wall inspiration ideas

Beautiful lake house decorated with wood accents on the walls

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The Stone Wall Fish Camp is a complex of lake houses situated on the edge of Lake Martin in Alabama. They were designed byJeffrey Dungan Architectsin a rustic style and they try with their design to capture and to maximize the tranquil and relaxing ambiance which defines this whole area.

The topography and the views served as sources of inspiration for the interior and exterior design of each lake house. We’re particularly interested in the interiors, more exactly in the wood wall panels which were used here to create a rustic and warm atmosphere. All this wood looks beautiful in combination with stone and metal.

Sunroom decorated with reclaimed wood

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This rustic house from Jackson, Wyoming has a very interesting story. Its exterior is made of stone which comes from what used to be aHutterite dairy and milking station back in the 1860s-1880s. The structure was disassembled and then moved here whereJLF Architectscollaborated withBig D Signatureto create this rather charming home. The weathered stones give it a lot of character and the wood walls give the interior a very cozy feel.

Ranch interior design with wood accents

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The Lazy Heart Ranch is a beautiful and inviting residence located in Bozeman, Montana. There’s a lot about it that we like, starting with its position on the site, the orientation and the fact that it makes the most of the views and the landscape which surround it.

The ranch was designed byBrechbuhler Architectswho used a palette of simple and pure materials intended to connect the structure to its surroundings and to establish a strong relationship between the indoor and the outdoor. A flagstone walkway leads to the entryway and inside you can notice a lot of wood being used throughout, including on the walls. Reclaimed timber and barn wood are used in a variety of forms, giving the spaces a lot of character.

Contemporary bedroom decor with wood accents and LED lights

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Of course, rustic interiors aren’t the only ones that are able to make wood walls look charming. Although it’s not that common, wood-paneled walls can also look awesome in modern and contemporary spaces. One example is a villa in Nantong, China which features a children’s bedroom with a unique wrap-around wood accent wall with built-in lighting. The wood covers the wall and part of the ceiling and creates a nice backdrop for the bed. It was all done byPRISM Design.

Platform bed with LED lights

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A somewhat similar design strategy was used byOM Architecturefor the bedroom of this modern residence in Kiev, Ukraine. The idea here was to create an interior decor reminiscent of a chalet and in order to achieve that the designers incorporates a wood wall feature in the master bedroom. The structure actually covers a section of floor and the wall and serves as a sort of frame for the bed (platform and headboard).

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Geometric modern headboard wall

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Wood walls look great when you highlight them with LED lights. You can see that in the design created byArchiplasticafor this stylish and modern bedroom. The geometric accent wall is the centerpiece of the entire space. It’s covered in wood panels with various different shapes and proportions and the lines between them are visible thanks to the hidden LED lighting system.

Hallway wood paneling

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When remodeling an apartment in Montreal, designerAnne Sophie Goneauwas challenged by the existing structure and appearance of the space so the decision to demolish some of the structures was made. This helped to expose the brick walls and steel elements which was exactly what the designer wanted.

This helped to revive the original architecture of the 1887 building and to give the apartment an authentic but at the same time modern look. Wood walls such as this one were introduced as a way to balance out the raw concrete, steel and the white surfaces.

Farmhouse with a big entryway front door

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The Ant Farm House definitely has an unusual name. The inspiration for that came from the new organization and proportions of the spaces.Xrange Architects were faced with the challenge of preserving an already existing house made of indigenous stone and in order to do that while also updating the property, they built a new layer of 80 cm by 177 cm spaces around the structure and basically created a house around the house.

The new interior thus features a set of small and narrow vertical spaces which are reminiscent of the pathways in an ant colony, hence the name. Instead of trying to conceal the narrowness and unusual height of these spaces, the architects chose to highlight them with cool design features such as this wood wall.

Beautiful wood waves for staircase

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Particularly cool use of wood on walls and ceilings can be seen in the design of the Ahmanson Founders Room which is a space situated on the first level of subterranean parking at The Music Center in LA.

It was designed by Belzberg Architects and the main goal of the project was to create a warm and relaxing space linked to the communal areas of the music center on event nights. The architects used douglas fir lumber and fiberboard to create the sculptural wall and ceiling panels and created perforated patterns which give the space a refined look.

Attic room accent wall

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While some of the projects presented so far are definitely impressive, dramatic even, our goal is not suggest that you have to go all out when using wood in interior design. That being said, check out how simple and charming this wood accent wall created by AMW Design Studio is. We love the way it’s decorated with framed artwork and with decorative items.

Dining room accent wall

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There are lots of different settings in which you can count on a wood accent wall to create a pleasant and welcoming mood and the dining room is one of them, as proven by this chic contemporary decor created by Amek. The wood-paneled accent wall contrasts beautifully with the artwork displayed on it but also with the striped rug and the light wooden flooring.

Company office with wood accents

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A lot of office spaces nowadays are focused on creating a comfortable and welcoming working environment for the employees and that often translates into friendly, cheerful, cozy and fun design strategies. The architects at Metaforma Group designed one such space in Poznan, Poland. The interior that they created is dominated by warm wood accents, pastel colors and natural textures and finishes.

Floating bed and wood paneling

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Consider its name, the Heavy Metal residence has a surprisingly warm and cozy interior. The wood wall in the bedroom is a great example that supports this observation. The residence is located in Joplin, US and was designed by Hufft Projects. The name is derived from the fact that the house features a strong industrial aesthetic, having an exterior wrapped in perforated steel panels.

Reclaimed wood chevron bedroom wall

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If you like the look of wood on walls but you’re not that thrilled about the idea of an actual wood wall, there’s a trick you can use. We’re talking about wallpaper or peel-and-stick wall decals that mimic the look of wood. The idea comes from momtastic and you can see here how such an accent wall could look like.

Nursery room with a wood accent wall

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This cool patchwork wall and the entire room for that matter were a DIY project done on a budget. The wood wall panels come from pallets and were painted in various shades of gray, blue and black to match the overall color theme of the room. Find out more about the project on Projectnursery.

The most beautiful living room corner

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It’s important for the wood wall to fit naturally and beautifully into the context of the room because otherwise it stands out and not in a good way. Perhaps you could find inspiration in this eclectic living room decor designed by Ana Donohue Interiors. The decor is quite busy and there are a lot of pattens and color accents spread throughout the room and everything comes together nicely within the shell of the wood-paneled walls.

Modern bedroom with platform bed and paneling wall

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But what about modern and contemporary interiors? You’ve already seen a few examples of how a wood accent wall can fit into such a setting and we have a few more than we want to share with you, including this lovely bedroom which has a wonderful view of the tree canopies. The accent wall helps to ground the decor and to establish a visual connection between the bedroom’s interior and the outside world. This design was done by Cornerstone Architects.

Low ceiling chalet wood cabin

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In the case of this social area designed by Simmons & Co It seems as if the furniture disappears into the walls and the floor, forming a cozy wooden shell. That mostly has to do with the fact that wood was used for all these surfaces. Although there are some differences between the wood paneled walls and everything else made of wood, they’re small and insignificant.

Washed fireplace wood surround

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Sometime’s it’s ok to limit the use of wood on a single portion of a wall like the surround of a traditional fireplace. This strategy was used in this living room by Bardes Interiors and the result is quite charming. The wood coloring is nice and a bit neutral, the sconces are small and delicate and the fireplace has a pretty simple frame.

Office room with a rustic touch and pallet paneling wall

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In this home office the use of wood on walls helps to create a pleasant and comfortable ambiance without making the space feel small and claustrophobic. The large windows definitely help with that as well. The overall color palette revolves around shades of brown and the lighting is really cozy too.

A-frame cabin with a wood backsplash

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A nice design strategy can also be to introduce a wood accent wall into the kitchen. In this particular case, interior designer Jessica Helgerson managed to also use the accent wall to highlight the pitch of the roof and to create a strong but pleasant contrast between the wall and the elements surrounding it, furniture included.

Rustic bathroom with wood walls and ceiling

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Wood is not generally among the materials commonly used in bathrooms. That, however, doesn’t mean you can’t add a wood accent wall to such a space. In fact, such a design feature would really stand out in a cool and interesting way. Curious how that would turn out. Check out this rustic bathroom created by Pearson Design Group.

Rustic cabin living room

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Another interesting strategy can be to use wood extensively on more than just one accent wall. That wouldn’t necessarily turn out so great if the room is small but check out this open living room designed by Nguyen Architects. It’s practically wrapped in wood and it looks amazing.

Warm and cozy bedroom

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At the end of the day, it’s best to balance warmth and coziness with freshness and openness and that’s exactly what this mid-century bedroom does with its design. The subtle pitch of the ceiling, the wood paneled accent wall, the neutral gray floor, those large windows and sliding doors and the funky accent colors all contribute to an overall stylish and very chic decor and a very pleasant ambiance.

FAQs

How do you style wood walls? ›

Simply using a handsaw i pre-cut some pieces to fit the size of my wall. There are so many different

Why wood walls? ›

Wood panels offer enhanced acoustics as they're good at insulating sound. This makes timber wall cladding a great option for people looking for some privacy and peace. A large number of commercial clients also opt for wood panels for the same reason.

What is wood decoration on walls called? ›

Wainscoting is a broader term referring to decorative paneling used for centuries as: a) a wall accent; b) insulation and; c) to prevent (and cover up) damage to walls. It typically is made of wood, and covers the lower three or four feet of an interior wall.

What wood is best for walls? ›

To Choose the Best Lumber for Framing, Consider Treated or Manufactured Wood. Redwood or cedar hold up to the elements, but a less expensive option might be to go with pressure-treated wood that is resistant to water, insects, and rot. This is easier to maintain, too, and can extend the longevity of your structure.

What is a wood wall? ›

Wood wall paneling is a type of wall covering that has been used for centuries to insulate houses, as well as interior decoration, and it has started making a strong comeback in home design ideas in recent years.

What type of wood is used for wall panels? ›

What wood should I use for paneling? Medium-density fibreboard (MDF) is the most common type of wood paneling used for interior walls in hallways, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

What is the importance of home decor? ›

Home décor is important because it can affect everything from our self-perception to our confidence and productivity. So, go ahead, buy that new throw pillow or piece of art if it makes you happy. You're not treating yourself, you're creating an environment in which you can be the best version of yourself!

How can I make my house nice? ›

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What are the old wooden walls called? ›

Panelling (or paneling in the U.S.) is a millwork wall covering constructed from rigid or semi-rigid components. These are traditionally interlocking wood, but could be plastic or other materials.

Is wall panelling a good idea? ›

Affordable, versatile and eye-catching, wall panelling is a smart way to instantly transform your home, whether that's adding character to a new-build or enhancing that sense of old-world grandeur in a period property.

How do you make a wood accent wall? ›

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Which term would be used to describe the wood that is used when building a house? ›

Timber traces back to an Old English word initially meaning “house” or “building” that also came to mean “building material,” “wood,” and “trees” or “woods.” Timbers are large squared lengths of wood used for building a house or a boat. In British English, timber is also used as a synonym for lumber.

What wood is used to frame a house? ›

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A stud wood type that is favored is the Douglas Fir, known for its structural strength. The framing lumber species will change for each region, such as Douglas Fir-Larch in the west and Hem-Fir in the east. Some projects require more than one type of wood.

What is a wood accent wall called? ›

Wainscoting—a type of panel molding that covers the bottom half of a wall—is the most classic of wood accent walls.

How do you do a wood plank accent wall? ›

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