I admit that I get a lot of satisfaction when I design a room and implement the plan to flawless perfection. When I first look at a room, the idea that pops in my mind is this: What color am I going to paint it? Honestly, the idea of paneling for the walls never enters the arena. Don’t even get me started on wallpapering; that’s a whole different evil monster.
In my opinion, the fundamental idea of paneling is that it can be used to cover areas that are difficult to paint/wallpaper or where you need something that can be put up quickly. As a person that has spent many a year in rental units, I have seen paneling put up as a way to cover nasty wallpaper, holes in the wall and more.
It is also often used in basements because it can be difficult to paint concrete, so paneling is used to cover the bare brick. There are many types of paneling out there in various qualities, but I have never been a fan of it myself.
As a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, I have a dislike for anything fake, and paneling is the epitome of false everything. It not only pretends to be part of the wall, but it also isn’t even the material that it is supposed to look like. Wood grain paneling is just wrong.
Other than the obvious advantages that paneling has, painting has always been the way to go for me. It takes a lot longer, is dirtier and more painstaking, but the end result can be breathtaking. I also enjoy the painting process.
There is something satisfying about getting out the tarp, taping the baseboards, applying the primer and finally painting the room. That’s something I never got from paneling. Maybe I have been jaded by all the rental experiences and seeing the 1970s fruit wallpaper hidden behind the faux wood grain.
I have always felt that painting is something you do to a home and paneling is something you do to a rental. Painting means ownership and paneling means a quick fix. I have no problem paneling my basement and covering up the brick, but I will never voluntarily have paneling in the main living areas of my home.
Has anyone out there had good experiences with paneling or prefer it over painting? I would be more than welcome to hear the views and re-evaluate my decision.Tags: large wall decor, painting, paneling, wood paneling