Heard Around The Office: Kitchen Paneling

July 06, 2013

Trend: Kitchen Paneling

Have you seen BHG Editor Kelly’s trend video on paneling? She’s so right—paneling is really providing a lot of charm in homes lately, especially kitchens.

Don’t get me wrong, paneling itself isn’t entirely new—beaded board has been a staple of cottage design forever, and we all remember the rather dated looks of the 70s. Thankfully, today is not about dark paneled rooms so much as accents that add texture, character, and often unexpected style elements. Here’s a look at five ways to use

Large format, horizontal panels on a grand scale

Covering the walls and range hood, the subdued paneling creates the perfect backdrop to the cottage-inspired flooring, fixtures, and color palette of this beachside kitchen.

Horizontal panels as accents


Running partially up the wall, the rustic grains of the paneling add texture and pattern in a fresh way that complements the wood-tone cabinetry and flooring. Like the tall windows, the paneling draws the eye up the wall, making the room appear larger.

Panels as a ceiling treatment


Ceiling treatments are a trend we’re seeing a lot more (look for a future Style Spotters post!). The paneling and wooden beams have a very natural feel that brings the outdoors in, accompanying the scenic views and sliding glass door to the outside, and create a cozy “nook” feel in the spacious off-kitchen dining area.

Thin, vertical panel accents


Paneling tends to be pretty flat, which is why I’m rather enthralled with this custom range hood. The color and texture match the island but in a surprising location that’s formed into a great shape.

Colorful panel accents


Color is in, and mixing accent panels—like these backing a custom, hutch-like section of cabinetry—with a pop of color produces a burst of personality with a traditional twist.


What do you think: Could it fit your style? How bold would you go? Are there other ways you’d use paneling? I’m totally on the mint green bandwagon (with no signs of departing), so this last kitchen seems right up my alley. Although… I’d like to switch those letter mugs to K’s and M’s. But now I’m just being picky.

-Kristina McGuirk, Kitchen and Bath Ideas 

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