Wood Plank Walls
A few months ago, we coated the downstairs walls with Gray Owl paint, lightened by 50%. Most of the color will stay, but there are a couple of walls we’ve been wanting to clad with Simply White or Gray Owl-painted wood planks since the day we moved in. We’d love to give the place a little more cottage character and we’ve always had a heart for wood-covered walls. If you’ve been reading since last year, you know that we’re in the process of pinching our project pennies (#adoption), but I’m excited to share that I’ve got a fun gig coming up that will finally allow us the opportunity to add a few walls full’a wood as a part of the project! (#grateful) I look forward to sharing the whole process with you as it comes together this month, but first, I’d love to hear what you think about this:
We’re in the process of trying to decide if we want to run our boards vertically or horizontally right now. Here are a couple of Photoshopped mock-ups I put together yesterday to help us visualize both options:
Whatever we do, it’ll go all the way down this wall, to the corner…
…and then tie in to the built-ins we want to build on either side of the fireplace over there. I’m thinking we’ll do something sort of like this at some point:
When I see that photo, it makes me want vertically-oriented planks. I love them in Sarah’s farmhouse entry, too:
Our old living room had vertically-oriented boards too, and I always liked the way they looked in there:
Here are some more vertical board inspiration pics:
That said, I’m also a fan of horizontally-oriented planks. We had a bunch of those in our old house, too:
Here are a couple more horizontal board inspiration photos:
I guess if we can’t decide between the two, we could always do a combination of vertically and horizontally-oriented boards like they did in the 2012 Southern Living Idea House?
Horizontal on the walls, vertical above the fireplace? What do you think? Thanks for your thoughts!
Which wood plank direction are you most drawn to?
- Vertical (46%, 897 Votes)
- Horizontal (38%, 747 Votes)
- Horizontal AND Vertical (16%, 319 Votes)
Total Voters: 1,963