In my post from yesterday, where I discussed 1/4″ wood paneling, I mentioned that I thought knotty pine paneling was making a comeback.
For those of you that don’t know knotty pine paneling, it is typically found in homes constructed in the 1950s. I think it’s beautiful. It’s thick and heavy and oozes “Mad Men” charm. But that’s me…other homeowners can’t get away from it fast enough (aka my husband).
Now, I know I said I like knotty pine, but this is our living room and we wanted something more formal so we opted to paint the knotty pine and the fireplace for a more uniform look.
Our contractor at the time wanted us to remove it entirely, but we opted to leave it and paint it and I am so glad we did. It just adds an architectural element to the room that I quite like.
To me it says my house was pretty well constructed in its day. Nothing beats good, heavy tongue-and-groove paneling.
One thing I do notice is that my knotty pine posts on this blog get quite a bit of traffic. More so than a lot of my other topics. Seems a lot of people are looking for tips on handling their own knotty pine. Those posts are here and here.
The other thing I notice is that those viewings come primarily from the East and mostly from Virginia and New England. I guess knotty pine was a popular building element in those regions.
Well, things are looking up for those information-seeking owners of knotty pine. According to a recent Houzz ideabook, knotty pine is making a comeback [does anything ever not “come back”?] Leaving the bare wood is now fashionable!
Even though I painted my knotty pine, when I saw the topic of the ideabook I was quite excited to read through it for ideas. Fair warning though, the knotty pine featured in the article is more modern in nature. It’s not the old-fashioned stuff featured above. That said, if you are a homeowner looking for some ideas for your knotty pine, it may show you some color palettes that complement the wood tones.