It’s not your mother’s paneling. Today, coverings made of wood—from highly textured cork to intricate marquetry—are some of the most stylish wall treatments you’ll find. Many are so paper-thin that you can wrap columns and turn corners. Depending on your choice, you may want to use them sparingly; by limiting a wood covering to a feature wall, you’ll create a focal point in the process. Keep these tips in mind, too:
- Properly illuminate wall coverings made of wood, especially marquetry. Recessed halogen spotlights will allow you to better appreciate the wood’s luster and grain.
- Care for wood wall coverings like you would a piece of fine furniture. Dry dust with a microfiber cloth that will actually pick up the dust, as opposed to a cotton cloth that will just move it around.
- It’s best to hire an installer who’s accustomed to working with unusual wall treatments. (Some furniture upholsterers will even install wall treatments; because they’re used to aligning patterns, they can be a good choice.) The manufacturer should also be able to provide good installation advice.
By Louise Lange