I was working and playing for a couple of days on location with
Balsam Hill in a gorgeous old antique house that was majorly talking to me.
Old plaster walls,
2′ high baseboard details,
original wood floors and banks of windows and built in bookcases.
It was an original condition antique house lovers dream house.
As I was working surrounded by all that architectural charm, I was noticing how much that detail of the wall and trim were adding to the overall charm of the photos.
And I started thinking about our wood planked walls and the charm they bring to our home.
We have a house full of wood planked walls. As in-Every.Room.
The kitchen, the bathrooms, the hallway, everywhere.
Truth be told- it was one of the things I absolutely fell in love with when I first saw the house.
Yes, even in that lovely shade of orange state.
And of course, I knew that those orange knotty pine walls would be painted with several layers of creamy white.
Before anyone yells at me about original wood…
I know that painting wood walls and trim isn’t something that everyone loves and will agree with-
it is an individual choice for sure- and you have to choose what works for you and makes you happy.
The dark dreary look the rooms had with those dark walls
was not working for me.
Fast fact about knotty pine:
Back in the day when these walls were put in- apparently they were not expensive and considered to be something ‘basic’ to go in a house. If you had knotty pine walls- it meant the house was on the cheaper side. But now, if you want to put knotty pine in- you will pay pay pay for it. Those grooved plank pieces can cost a pretty penny and are definitely way more expensive than your average wall material.
I know shiplap walls (horizontal wood planks) are all the rage right now- but I will take my pretty grooved vertical knotty pine over shiplap any day of the week.
And for this weeks Friday Favorites- which is all about what I am crushing on or favorite pieces/posts – I am sharing all about wood walls.
3 reasons I love wood walls
1. Planked wood walls make a space without overwhelming
I love the look of a vertical plank on a wall- it makes the room feel taller and more stately and the grooved details are almost like a subtle wallpaper –
they add so much and are so charming but not overpowering.
#2. Architectural details are a good thing
Yes, they are.
A room that has architectural details such as beautiful trim work
and abundance of windows and doors and walls that are far from basic
is a room that has character.
And character in a room warms it up and gives it a personality.
#3. Wood Walls ROCK
You can just pop a heavy mirror or something else on the wall with a screw
and not have to worry about using a wall anchor.
And I can’t tell you how many times that has been amazingly handy.
If you are thinking of adding wood walls to your home-
but catching your breath after figuring out the cost – there are some less expensive alternatives that have a smaller groove or no detail-
or you can even just use 1x pine boards and cover your walls that way too.
It would be a bit more ‘rustic’ but it works.
In my opinion, those wood walls add such an abundance of charm- they are well worth the money to put them in or fix them up.
I get so many questions about the wood walls, how to paint them, how to put them in, etc. I am sharing a few popular wood planked wall posts today
While most of our wood walls are original- we do have a few rooms where we added new to look old. Like the bathroom–
And out in the cottage– we created a wall to divide a 500 square foot room and create an entry area.
That meant trying to find a plank that semi matched the original planks out there.
my love for those pretty wood walls is real.