Paneling is really providing a lot of charm in homes lately, especially in kitchens. Now, 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 paneling in the kitchen.
Covering the walls and range hood, the subdued paneling creates the perfect backdrop for this beachside kitchen. Painted in a creamy white, the barely-there paneling lets the cottage-inspired flooring, fixtures, and color palette stand out. Molding along the ceiling and doorways keeps the look polished.
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. Pops of color, such as the green vase near the window, stop the space from being too neutral.
Ceiling treatments are a trend we're seeing a lot more of. The paneling and wooden beams in this dining room have a very natural feel that brings the outdoors in. A sliding glass door and large windows make it easy to take in the scenic views.
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. A rustic backsplash captures even more eye-catching detail and complements the panels.
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.