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Old 07-06-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
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So we moved into this old mill house and the living room has 10 or 11 ft ceilings and is wood paneling... which I hate, but my boyfriend loves. It also has honey colored hardwood flooring throughout with the exception of about 3/4 of the living room being carpet. Is there a way i can kind of hide the paneling or things i can do to make it less noticeable. we painted the trim around the windows and doors white to match the doors and fireplace and mantle, but not sure where to start next. The whole house is going to be elemental in decor, but i hate wood paneling. any ideas would be great, because I am lost and dont know what sort of compromise we can make here. If it were up to me, i'd fill the grooves and paint the walls, but he loves the panels

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Old 07-06-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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Recently we had a couple discussions about paneling- weed thru the BS in this one to the pics I have of what I did and see if the BF likes the idea-

painting paneling with primer in the paint

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he wants to keep it how it is and not paint it or anything, I just wonder if there is anything we can do decoratively that might help get rid of some of it. or so its not OVERLY paneling... lol
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he wants to keep it how it is and not paint it or anything, I just wonder if there is anything we can do decoratively that might help get rid of some of it. or so its not OVERLY paneling... lol
Loud pink flannel prints sewn into pajamas with feet in them have been known to distract from the fact there is an elephant in the room wearing them.

How about investing in some real art (or large posters if better suited to your budget) to go on the walls and some track lighting to highlight the art. This will pull attention from the wall to a forward focal point. Complimentary colors (those directly across the color wheel) tend to cancel each other out. You might want to think about painting the trim something other than stark white to reduce the contrast a bit.

Sounds like you may have to learn to live with the panels. I don't sense this is a battle you want to fight out? Maybe if you wash them down you might like them better?

I have painted panels in similar fashion to what Brushjockey has and maybe when your boyfriend sees the approach, he will be more excited about painting.

By the way, I assume we are talking rather generic masonite/luan veneer type paneling popular in the 60s? If it is real wood paneling and you decide it has to go, I would pull it off carefully (praying ahead of time it is not glued on) and sell it.

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