I find this space incredibly inspiring. I love the neutral palette that is made interesting by lots of textures and white washed wood. I love the shiplap ceiling, I love the mobile that actually makes sense for a baby (dark and light contrast is the only thing that newborns can see), and the twinkly lights would be nice touch for a Christmas baby. Why is this space so intriguing to me? Because I'm expecting my fourth and probably last baby (tear) this Christmas season. I am dreaming of warm things to wrap my New England winter baby in, and cuddly places to rock with him, Having a new baby is magical, but having a nice place to be with him is icing on the cake.
We've talked about wood paneling on 2nd and Strand before, here. On today's Design Therapy we get to see inside a readers home to see how she implemented wood paneling in her family room. Reader Natalie sent in some great before and after shots of her room. Not only did she and her husband add some great color to the walls, but the plate rail her husband installed is truly inspiring. The picture below was taken during their paint color picking debate. Picking a paint color is a true challenge, for anybody. I'm happy to see that Natalie did all the necessary leg work to make a great choice!
This is a great family as it already had crown molding, good light, nice furniture, and plenty of seating. But Natalie knew she could do more with the space. I really like the improvements she and her husband, Nick, made.
Impressive right? My two favorite parts are the contrast between the white wainscoting and the dark armoire and sofa, and the addition of the plate rail. I think the decorative molding makes the room feel bigger and really draws your eye up the wall. What a great place to display artwork and other meaningful accessories. I also really like how the white space allowed them to go darker on the wall paint, but that the whole room feels bigger and brighter in the process.
Thanks for sharing your Design Therapy with us Natalie! It looks fantastic and with such classic choices it will look fantastic for a long time!
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I wanted to give myself a terminology lesson today and I think it is worth reviewing what different wood paneling options are available. Some people have dated wood paneling, some people have boring new construciton, and some of us just want to use the right words when we're talking to others about wall treatments! Below you will find a great round up of wall paneling.
The three images below are examples of ship lap. This is modern day ship lap for sure, lots of character, but none of the rawness of what hangs in an old cabin in the woods. I love how well this paneling works with neutrals, as in the first and third pictures, but also bright color as in the second picture.
The image below is of classic beadboard. Most beadboard comes in 4 and 8 ft increments and is fairly easy to install and gives you a great look for minimal effort. It's very durable and is great in high traffic areas as it works to protect your walls. It also allows for a color change, one color for the wall, one for the wood work.
Next we have the most modern wainscoting, and it's so great. I've seen this paneling used on every wall in a room from floor to ceiling, but I've also seen in used on just one wall and up to plate rail height. There is a lot of flexibility with this paneling, and isn't it just so graphic and cool?
I'm currently trying to decide what type of paneling to use in my kids play room. I'm a fan of the diy pallet look in playful spaces, now I just have to win my husband over to the idea!
I love the above image for it's color and texture, but I also love how they were able to use the recycled planks with some ship lap on the ceiling - so lovely!