Sunday, March 06, 2011

Bead Board, Board and Batten, Wood Paneling -- oh my!

I read a lot of blogs about decorating. (Well, in theory -- my Google Reader account is almost always above 200 at the minimum.)

And, one thing I've noticed about them is that people are CRAZY right now about beadboard:

board and batten:

And, for lack of a better term, wood paneling:

I have to admit, while I think all of these pictures are great, and the finish product turned out looking fabulous: I'm not a big fan.

I don't know if it's my laziness...

Actually, I do know it's my laziness. I like to convince myself that I'm not a fan of this that way I have a good excuse for never trying it in my home!

But, I was going to say, I don't know if it's my laziness, or if it's my fear that beadboard will someday go the way of dark wood paneling and become a home decor joke/annoyance for decades to come. (Though, I do imagine these decorating techniques will be easier to remove when they've worn out their desirability.)

So, all off this to ask: What do you think? Have you done one of these projects in you home? Would you like to? Or, are you lazy and/or fearful like me?


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Anonymous said...

I mainly like the board and batten, but am not sure if I'd do it due to the money involved...I suppose if it would really "pop"/add something to the room, I would consider it more so.

- Miriam (CJ is a nickname)

tsbjf said...

I think all three are beautiful! It is a legit concern though, the going out of style thing. My Grandma's house was almost completely full of the dark fake wood paneling that you mentioned... not so cool anymore. BUT, it was cool in its hay day for awhile. I guess you just have to jump on the bandwagon at the beginning of a trend, or let it pass. Or sell your house before the bandwagon stops. LOL.

Mrs. M said...

I'm not a trendy gal. I like the classics that never go out of style. Nice molding, hardwood floors, plaster walls.
However, I will go w/ my mood for paint, as our hopefully will be in when school gets out home reflects!

Paint is easy to redo. Replacing entire walls, not so much.