powered by
Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma

How should I paint these walls? Working around wood panelling.

ktyd5December 15, 2012
So we close on our new home on Tuesday, yippee! I am in the middle of ordering a sectional for our 18 x 22 family room. It will be a 3 piece with a chaise. I haven't decided on the color but I am leaning towards a lighter grey (but beige or mushroom is a possibility). My style is more transitional. i plan on sticking neutral and adding a pop of color here and there.

My husband and I like the wood beams in the ceiling, and I am thankful the current owners painted the paneling on the lower half of the wall antique white, just as the wall/ceiling is. It's a fresh pallet. Yet as you see there is one wall with a bazillion doors and it is all wood (panelling and different colors...yuk) So, for my question(s)...

1. If I paint the walls a beige/taupe/grey should I leave the panelling on the lower half antique white? Or paint it a different color from the walls?
2. Should I paint the panelling on the "wall of wood"? How can I soften that wall?

Thanks in advance!
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
It's the center set of doors that's bothersome to me. It looks like everything else on that wall matches. What's behind door #2? Can they just be removed? Do you hate all the rest of the wood on that wall?
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Closet space which will most likely be used for toy storage. Hmmm? What if we remove the doors and put up cute curtains? Or is that just weird?
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Maybe I would be okay with the rest of the woodie those doors are gone? Also, the cabinets to the far right...most likely the top ones will come down and the TV will go above the bottom cabinets.

Note: in a few years this wall will be blown open and the kitchen and family room will be redone open concept. Until then, were just putting lipstick on a pig! :)
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
I think what makes the doors awkward is that they are not integrated with the rest of the room. Perhaps yo could either paint the wood white or in a grayish (that kind of a color scheme) or paint the rest of the room in matching earth tones. This way everything will look more in harmony
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Actually i think if toys will be stored there you will NEED the doors, for in my experience with my daughter closing the door is a great way to not look at any kind of mess.
1 Like    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
I wouldn't paint the wood wall. You would be left with three wood sections for the Franch doors, the cloest doors and the built in cabinet. I would paint the walls all one color and think about a warm color for the ceiling.

This is a good example of a color palette:
Zietlin · More Info
with a light khaki color on the ceiling. This is a soft grey that really makes dark wood pop, the ceiling color is the same as the walls even thought it looks yellow:
Cottage in the Trees · More Info
. The same creamy color of the walls is on the ceiling:
Tudor on the Point · More Info
. Benjamin Moore's HC-79 Greenbriar Beige is on the walls and ceiling of this space:
Great Room · More Info
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:25PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
On the woody wall, I would paint everything white except the cabinets on the right. I would also paint the trim around the sliding glass doors white. I'd leave the white wainscoting white and put the gray on the walls above it.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
1 Like    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:26PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Just by chance have you determined that there is not drywall behind that panelling? If so, you could take the panelling down and paint the walls.
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:27PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
If you want a more transitional than traditional look, I'd keep the wainscotting and above walll color the same color. Two tone walls are pretty traditional looking. Then, the furniture more contemporary than traditional because the beams and wood are pretty traditional. I'm guessing since you love the beams you'll be keeping the wood trim. So, for the paneled wall, I'd paint the wall antique white as well, but leave the french door and the actual cabinets their natural color. There will be a wood "balance" on each side of the wall but relate to the trim and beams.
    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Carolyn's got the right idea with the paint.

You could remove the louvers from the doors, and just put fabric in the openings. Or you could replace the louvered areas with flat panels. (and paint the doors)

You could take the doors off completely, and install shelves to make a built-in bookcase.

Is that the kitchen behind the closet? Do you need more kitchen storage? Close up the closet from this side, and open it from the other side, to make a large pantry.
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Here are some great colors for the upper part of your walls that would contrast nice with white :)
2 Likes    Bookmark   December 15, 2012 at 7:51PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help us decide which color stool to keep, please!
We ordered these counter stools in both colors, as...
Need help with the gap between 2 circles
We have a gap in the backyard between 2 circles that...
Need help for Great Room Wall
It is kind of hard to see in this picture but we ran...
Need help for my bathroom
Need help finding supplier for blue tile used in photo...
Is this typical for granite?
We just had this Volga Blue granite installed in our...
Sponsored Products
Faux Alabaster Supreme Wall Sconce
Lamps Plus
Red Cedar Woodland Landscape Screen
WAC Modern Forms | Rain 12in Outdoor Wall Light
$159.00 | YLighting
Dark Bronze with Opal Etched Glass 25 1/4" Wide Chandelier
Lamps Plus
Lineage Semi-Flushmount No. 1279 by Minka-Lavery
$379.00 | Lumens
Desert Gold Wall Clock
| Dot & Bo
Safavieh Area Rug: Soho Brown/Multi 8.25' x 11'
Home Depot
Eileen Wall Sconce by Kichler
$59.00 | Lumens
The content on this page is provided by Houzz and is subject to the Houzz terms of use, copyright and privacy policy.
Copyright claims: contact the Houzz designated agent.