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10 Things to Consider in a Reclaimed Timber Wall

By: Carmen Ballock-Bunt
Posted In: News

Reclaimed peel and stick wood allows anyone to DIY a masterpiece on their walls within hours. But if you’d like to take it one step further, consider some simple design elements that will help you install a reclaimed timber wall that even A-list interior designers would envy. Here are the top ten factors to consider when installing timber panel walls.

The Figure of the Wood

Pink-undertoned reclaimed timber wall behind bed works well with teal and pink pillows in teenage girl’s room.

Figure refers to the appearance of wood resulting from its cut and inherent properties such as its grain, color, and texture. Different figures present distinct looks on a reclaimed timber wall. For example, the straight grain of Minimalist Fir wood paneling contributes to a muted figure that blends in seamlessly with subdued spaces like the bedroom.

The Finish of the Wood

Weathered reclaimed timber wall creates backdrop for music room.

Primer, paint, or oil can play up or down the figure of wood. But if natural beauty is your design mantra, opt for walls made of unfinished wood planks. The Reclaimed weathered wood planks in this music room were left unfinished to amplify the quiet symphony of blue, brown, and gray in the pine.

The Color of the Wood

 

Dark colored timber panel walls add interest at top of staircase.

The hue of a reclaimed timber wall should harmonize with the color palette of the room where it lives. In this twist on the timeless combination of black and white, a wall made of Charcoal wood panels is married with cream-colored walls to create a high-contrast focal wall in the stairway landing.

The Pattern of the Wood

 

Brightly patterned timber panel walls add interesting diagonal vine pattern to dining room wall

While nothing says understated sophistication like unpatterned timber panel walls, patterned reclaimed timber planks exude energy. The ebullient orange and mellow mauve vine pattern on this Reclaimed vine wood plank dining room wall lend it a stunning split personality that will be the talk of your dinner table.

The Milling of the Wood

Mainstream plank profiles include flush-cut (adjoining planks about one another), shiplap (with rabbeted edges that overlap), and tongue-and-groove (with a lipped and recessed edge that interlock). Flush-cut reclaimed timber planks are the easiest to position and mount as they have no grooves and neither overlap or interlock during a reclaimed timber wall install.

The Size of the Wood Planks

Planks shorter than one foot lengthwise can slow the installation of a reclaimed timber wall, while planks exceeding four feet lengthwise allow for fewer planks on the wall and less pronounced DIY wall treatments. Stikwood reclaimed peel and stick wood wall boards, measuring one to four feet long, can be speedily installed in a sparse or dense arrangement.

The Ease of Installation

“Ouch” moments are unavoidable when installing timber panel walls with a hammer and nails. Self-adhesive wood wall decor allows you to create paneled walls sans stubbed fingers with a painless two-step peel and stick approach.

The Orientation of the Wood

abstract reclaimed timber wall creates focal point for hanging vases on salon wall

Install reclaimed wood planks vertically to evoke added height, horizontally to create a sense of sprawl, or in an age-old motif such as chevron or herringbone to invite the art of antiquity into your home. Alternatively, install DIY wall treatments in a custom layout like this asymmetric accent wall made of Sierra Silver reclaimed wood planks mounted in a staggered arrangement.

The Proportion of Wood to Other Decor

Consider the surface size and the number of surfaces in a room that your wood paneling will occupy in relation to neighboring design elements. Installing four floor-to-ceiling timber panel walls can be desirable in a room with minimal texture and color. But if there are other eye-catching pieces in the room, you might want to draw focus to them by installing a half wall behind them, or divert attention from them by installing a single wood accent wall in a separate area of the room.

Less Is More

Taking a less is more approach to decorating your reclaimed timber wall will allow it to make a statement without screaming, “look at me!” Mount wall art, mirrors, or potted plants on the wall sparingly so as not to wash out the wood and oversaturate the room with eye candy.

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