Embracing Knotty Pine Paneling

As I have mentioned in the past, I have analytics that allow me to see which pages of my blog are read the most. Front door colors are by far the most accessed, but my post on what to do with knotty pine paneling also gets its fair share of attention.

My post shows that I got rid of my knotty pine by painting over it. Since it is such a popular topic for readers, I thought I would show a room where the owner embraced their knotty pine. It’s a different decorating approach, but just as lovely. People have used decorating techniques to enhance the wood. I think the key is to use lighter accents and light-reflecting materials to pull up the luster of the wood (like the metal lamps or cream-colored furniture in the pictures below). If it fits into your decorating schemata, then leaving the knotty pine intact may be an effective decorating approach for your home. Houzz also has a great knotty pine ideabook with wonderful pictures and ideas.

Whether you are buying a house or trying to sell a house with knotty pine, have no fear. It can be a really unique design element if handled properly.

Images: Top – The FULLERVIEW, Bottom – Judy Cook Interiors
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2 Responses to Embracing Knotty Pine Paneling

  1. Dianne puttlitz says:

    We have a family room that has pine panelling.We are taking down a wall between the old living room and this family room. How do I incorporate these two rooms into one and keep the panelling, which my husband emphatically says must remain. Since life is a compromise, we will go from there. What colors could coordinate with the pine and we would like to have white crown molding. hELP

    • Susan says:

      Hi Dianne:

      Without seeing it, I would say you have two ways to go…1) paint the entire new space (old living room AND paneling in family room) one unifying color. I did this in my living room (see it here ). Typically a flat neutral color works best. Or, 2) you can paint the old living room a very neutral beige (color similar to the beige accents in the picture of this post) and keep the paneling its original wood, then put one accent color throughout both sections of the new room (e.g. use green pillows and accent decorations to tie both sides together.)

      If you have that lovely thick, carmel-colored knotty pine paneling it may be worth keeping and pairing it with a complimentary paint color. If the paneling is thinner and in a darker tone, you may want to consider painting it for a better transition.

      Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.


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