When finishing the walls of a home, it is often desirable to create a comforting atmosphere in a room or two. Covering walls with interior wall planking can give a room a rustic, old-fashioned look that provides comfort and warmth, however, certain finishes offer a more modern take. Explore various plank styles to find one that suits your home.
Installing simple plank-style paneling over furring strips is a relatively quick way to add rustic persona to your walls. You can choose from a variety of wood paneling, such as pine, maple or birch. Run panels all the way up to the ceiling, or to chair rail or plate rail height, and finish them with trim as you would with tongue-and-groove plank installation.
Although you can fasten horizontal planks to vertical wall studs, running planks vertically requires horizontal strapping. Vertical planks visually elongate a room, making a low ceiling seem higher, for instance. For a rustic look, leave the planks natural; for something a bit more modern, stain them an unexpected blue, green, gray or any shade that goes with your decor.
From Barn to Bathroom
Barn board or reclaimed lumber is vintage, aged wood that is salvaged from old barns, buildings and fences that are slated for demolition. These boards may be distinctive knotty pine, oak, and other hardwoods. Weathering and natural blemishes, such as wormholes and knotholes, provide added cottage or country character. Use such wood in moderation -- on a spa-bathroom, living room or bedroom focal wall, for example.
Bias Wood Planks
Attach wood planks to a wall at an angle to create more visual interest. An ambitious do-it-yourselfer might even consider creating an interesting pattern, such as a herringbone design. This job entails more planning and cutting, but using tongue-and-groove planking makes the work easier.
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