Wood paneling — time for a comeback?

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I‘ve been holding off for a while on posting this incredible 1966 wood paneling, thinking I could find some today-sources for this stylish material. Click the images to enlarge and see the wonderful decorative detail. Alas, nothing on the internet. Does anyone have any other ideas…sources?

1966 wall paneling
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It’s so interesting – that this was so popular…then so unpopular. Please don’t rip yours out unless it’s truly pedestrian! When we bought our 1951 “colonial-modern embankment ranch” seven years ago, another of the selling points was its original cherry paneling in the basement. The room itself needed some work – insulation, better heating, lighting, ceiling, carpet…but there was never a doubt about the paneling. Today, it’s the favorite room of my husband and his guy friends — a classic.

Methinks it’s time for paneling like this, to make a comeback.

This post was first published Feb. 19, 2008

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Comments

  1. says

    every single room in the 1945 house we just bought is wood-paneled. it’s a bit overwhelming =) most of it is in perfect condition, but dark paneling makes everything feel so gloomy – there’s simply no way to lighten it up enough for me. i hope i can find it a good home – just not mine! there’s also a light (kind of birch-looking) paneling in one room that would be quite pretty, but unfortunately it’s been stained by years of smoking, and was not particularly well-installed.

  2. Femme1 says

    Jean, one of the things I learned from hanging around here on RetroReno is that many different kinds of finishes were used on wood in the 50s and 60s. A whitewashed finish would still be in keeping with the period, although the honey-colored finish was probably the most popular finish, you do see all kinds of interesting colors—blue and green stains, too. Pam has a post about kitchen cabinet finishes that include that whitewashed look.

    You might want to live with the paneling for a while and see if it grows on you before you decide right away, too.

  3. says

    I’m trying to find a solution for my sun room feature wall and I will have to investigate this as part of the list. I was originally thinking wallpaper, now I’m leaning towards a faux stone wall paneling. Pam, do you have any rec’s or posts on feature stone walls?

    • pam kueber says

      Hi super kawaii mama, I have never done a post on stone or faux stone walls. I have never researched this. But I tend to think that yes, they were used. Go for it.

  4. retroppo says

    I do like that panelling, but only as a feature wall, I think it would be too much to put it on all 4 walls! As for the tableware…according to my Taschen “Decorative Arts of the 1950’s” bible the shape is designed by Carl-Harry Stalhane & made by Rorstrands Porlslinsfabriker (Sweden) x

  5. Sharon Vincent says

    We have top grade wood paneling in our 1973 Master BR, 350 sq ft room, plan on sanding and whitewashing it. (white stain) Mother-in-law has a 1971 6000 sq ft home of tongue and groove spruce interior walls and ceilings, and has whitewashed ceilings in 2 bedrooms to lighten them, turning out beautiful. I plan on lacquering the finish after whitewashing – for a shine that pops. Grasspaper would cover the quality of the old paneling but I want to save the era.

  6. John Korolow says

    I’m very interested in using wood paneling in one room in the 1969 home which I will soon buy. I can’t seem to find a resource for really good, authentic looking wood paneling (panels that have the vertical groove, intermittently about every 5 to 8 inches across were popular in 1960s homes.) Any ideas for resouces?

  7. Marquee says

    We are buying a ranch style house built in 1948- and the “den” or tv room- is totally wood paneled, with roll-out windows and black and white checkered floor. It also features wood sliding pocket doors. We are leaving is JUST the way it is. Except for the ceiling.

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