Wooden wall panels immediately darken a room, which can make the room look smaller. When you have panels on each wall, the dark color overwhelms the space, making the room feel like a cave. But there are some interior ideas you can use to lighten the space and tone down the heavy feel of wood. Decorate old wall panels by concealing the wood or inserting new elements.
Decorate the room with the mid-century modern accessories, if you cannot cover panels. This style became popular during the glossy day wooden wall panels. Give the room a “Mad Men” feeling with a leather armchair or sofa, brass pieces and a starburst mirror or bell hung on the wall. Cover some bookshelves with a layer of basic color and white color. Place the bookshelves against the wall as well as panels. The white color lights up the room and the shelves take the focus of the panel. Hang colorful artwork on the walls; distance the drawing around the room. The unexpected colors function as contact points for the room. Eyes move to the artwork and stay away from panels.
Tips and warnings
Wooden wall panels for a funky and unexpected look, consider painting the panels in contrasting colors. The two colors create a striped effect that conceals old panels. Use a heavier weight fabric when covering panels. Heavier fabric does a better job of hiding panels; thin fabrics let some of the original wood color to shine through.