Knotty Pine is making a comeback?!?

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).

Here’s what my knotty pine looked like before we renovated.knotty pine before logo

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.

Find the ideabook here.

Good luck!


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