Painted Paneling for Straight-Up Style

Paneling is one of the fastest ways we know of to add appeal and attention to the walls and ceilings in any room. However, if dark, manly dens and gullible libraries come into mind when you believe paneling, consider again. Rich wood paneling is ideal for creating that formal look, but if bright, airy and open are adjectives you’re attempting to conjure, don’t count paneling out. A coating of paint, or a few coats, can transform that wood into something which’s ideal for your property.

Borges Brooks Builders

If you like the look of white but occasionally find it dull, painted paneling can be an ideal enhancement. The white is sleek, clean and shiny, while the grooves at the paneling add interest and dimension, creating a space with loads of character.

Wendi Young Design

For the charm of painted paneling without committing to the entire room, put it in one spot. The paneling over this mattress adds focus to the focal point of the space and creates striking comparison to the walls surrounding it.

Whitten Architects

Painted paneling is a shore-house basic and, if you inquire, looks fabulous in colors that reflect the outside. Blues and greens conjure the sea beyond the window.

Whitten Architects

To get a space that has floor-to-ceiling paneling, making contrast with paint adds much charm. We’re huge fans of a blue that mirrors the sky.

Julianne Stirling

Paneling placed vertically and horizontally within this space adds visual attention and leaves the space feel more cozy.

Warmington & North

In newer houses, we love the way painted paneling creates the look of age. Coupled with tasteful decor, it is sophisticated and chic but can be equally relaxed when complemented with more casual decor.

Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

We love the architectural detail positioned behind the mattress — the ideal background for a gorgeous headboard.

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

To get a look that is not as dim as stained but has more of a presence than plain white, tan is a good compromise. It is still warm but much less formal and looks terrific counter with accessories.

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Guest Picks: 19 Ideas for Nautical-Theme Kids' Rooms

I am currently working on the redesign of my three-year-old kid’s bedroom. I think I’ve depended on a nautical theme, but I also need to make certain the room can grow together with him and be applicable ten years from now. Below are my top 20 picks for a seafaring-inspired boy room which will age gracefully! — Emma in The Marion House Novel


Seablanket by Vik Prjonsdottir – CAD 440

Using its dance anchors in royal blue, this blanket by Vik Prjonsdottir is whimsical and charming. It is a perfect statement piece.

Design Within Reach

Deck Light | Design Within Reach – $425

This brass dock lighting has roots back to the shipyards of 19th century London. It’d definitely bring a marine sense to a boy’s bedroom and would look great on the wall beside a twin bed.

Three Potato Four

Classic Plaid Wool Blanket No.4 – $152

I am thinking of working with this red, blue and white vintage plaid wool blanket in my son’s bed. The color scheme is perfect for a nautical-themed room.

West Elm

Stripe Sheet Set, White/Dusty Navy – $59

Nautical striped sheets in navy and white are the perfect complement to a plaid throw.

Three Potato Four

Whimsey Folk Art Anchor And Chain Carving – $250

This anchor and string carving would make a great accessory. It is carved from 1 piece of wood!


Vintage Ship Print 7 Nautical Sail Boat Sea From Hindsvik – $12

This vintage boat print is excellent for an adventure-loving boy area — superbly illustrated!


Silk Aviator Map Cushion From Atelier688 – $250

These map cushionsare created from original Cold War silk aviator maps, would be perfect as accents on a bed or seat.


Japanese Glass Fishing Floats Original Nets By GlassFloatJunkie

The story behind those original found Japanese glass fishing floats is so intimate. They traveled the ocean currents for many years until a beachcomber discovered them at Alaska. What a fantastic story to tell a little boy!

Three Potato Four

Wire Egg Baskets – $45

I love the redblue and yellow shade of those wire baskets. They would make great toy storage.


Pliant Rope Handle – $12

I am thinking of finding a secondhand dresser and substituting the knobs using these pliant jute rope handles. They will immediately make the piece more seaworthy!

West Elm

Seagrass Basket, Oversized – $129

I enjoy using baskets to stow toys away. They are easy to use and look great. This sea grass version would add texture to a nautical-themed room.

West Elm

Star Garland – $12

This burlap star garland includes a beachy feel and could work nicely in the area. Maybe behind his bed or more than his window framework?


Akari Light Sculptures – $130

I’ve wanted one of those iconic Noguchi paper lanterns for a little while now. This is one of these bits you’ll always find a place for on your house and that will last the test of time.

The Rug Loft

New Dhurry

This white and blue flat woven carpet with jaunty stripes would be great underfoot!

ABC Carpet & Home

Baxter Table/Stool, Small – $1,495

This chopped weathered wood stool could function as a little seat or table. Its tough texture and diverse layout echo faraway lands.

Dash & Albert Rug Company

Blue Awning Stripe Woven Cotton Throw – $74

Toss this blue awning stripe throw at the end of a bed or over a seat for a nautical appearance.


Signal Flag Décor, W Flag – $11

These nautical signal flags could make a fantastic wall decoration. Hang one or 2 of them onto the wall or string a whole group of them together just like a bunting.


Curtain Tie backs Light Brown Rope Nautical By AlaskaRugCompany – $40

These curtain tie-backs would pop some navy or red linen drapes.

Three Potato Four

Folk Art Large-Scale Model Rowboat – $450

I am not certain when we have the room for this particular piece, but it’s something which may be hung from the ceiling of the room. I love all the layers of accumulated paint.

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Have a Tour of Popular Colors Through the Decades

How does a palette get chosen, and why does that particular colour become popular and specify an age? Probably because colour choice does not happen in a vacuum. Politics, economics and technology all affect what colors will be popular in a special time. When there’s an economic boom, then the colors will likely be happy and celebratory. If, on the other hand, there’s an economic downturn, the chosen palette will more than likely be of more somber hues.

Let us take a look at how this has performed in the USA within the past 100 years.

1920s. While the industrial age began in the 19th (or, some might say, 18th) century, the most modern age did not actually come about until after the conclusion of the Great War. Starting in the 1920s, in reaction to the stylistic excesses of the 19th century, architecture and domestic design took on a clearly functional, machine-like cosmetic. As Le Corbusier, one of the excellent architects of the 20th century, said, our homes were “machines for living”

The perfect colour to portray that aesthetic has been white. Pure, platonic and honest, this colour came to signify the dawn of a new age in structure. From Corbu into Mies into the present, modernism became synonymous with the white box.

Sadro Design Studio Inc..

Even the easy kitchen required on the aesthetic of this lab. White walls, white cupboards and white appliances led to an aesthetic that talked to some clean, healthy and disease-free environment.


1930s. This decade would have to be distinguished as missing into the Great Depression. With huge unemployment and a nearly complete collapse of this building industry, it’s a wonder any homes were constructed, especially one that must be among the most beautiful.

So the colors of this decade were forest greens, soft browns and yellows in addition to Frank Lloyd Wright’s favored, Cherokee Red. See more of the Colours of Fallingwater.

Mal Corboy Design

There has been a countervailing colour fad in the 1930s also, though. Go figure, but during the depths of the Great Depression there was a lot of optimism about the long run. So compact buildings using polished chrome, stainless steel and other surfaces that are polished, and flowing curves have been also a style fad.

James McAdam Design

1940s. Throughout the first half of this decade, much of the planet was engaged in World War II. So it’s not surprising that the colors Americans associate with that time would be the red, white and blue of the U.S. flag. The stars and stripes were flying anywhere.

When the war ended and our servicemen and -women returned, Americans took to constructing a brand new 20th-century America. This America was a party of the future, with modern materials and designs. Chrome tubular chairs substituted overstuffed lounges, while curtains and blinds offered way to sheets of glass. The colors were sophisticated and wealthy; deep browns and ebony blacks against glistening metal controlled.

Mark English Architects, AIA

1950s. The age that adopted the charm and humor of the Cleavers and Lucy, created the interstate highway system and saw the fulfillment of the American dream in the suburban ranch home was an age of grand joy. And when there was one thing that symbolized this, it needed to be automobile tail fins on pastel-colored automobiles. In case you have to ask exactly what the tail fins were for, you are missing the point entirely.

Colors of the 1950s epitomized the optimism of the years. I can still picture my parents’ multigreen Pontiac Parisienne along with also my uncle’s red Corvette. From mint greens into turquoise to soft and creamy yellows, our automobiles came in more or less every single pastel conceivable, it seems.

Chimera Interior Design

1960s. From Haight-Ashbury into Piccadilly Circle, the Beatles into Peter Max, Woodstock into Selma, the decade of the 1960s was one of change, occasionally full of peace and love and at times disturbingly violent. It was a decade of taking sides and proclaiming, in the loudest possible terms, that you’re.

Colors from this decade are abundant, profound, psychedelic hues, such as acid orange and orange pink. The name of one of my all-time-favorite books, The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby, sums up the strategy to colour for this decade.


1970s. From Afros to disco, from Jaws into Star Wars, that the 1970s has been a time to become big and bold. As the Vietnam War came to an inglorious close, the shadow of Watergate loomed over politics and we waited in long lines to fill our gas tanks, the decades also had a dark side.

So at precisely the same time we’d bold graphics and moved big, we had a colour palette of rusts, golds, greens and browns. But rather than simply taking their hue from the normal world, these colors were a bit off, more manmade, with only a hint of grey.

Who will forget all those avocado green and harvest gold appliances?

Susan Jablon Mosaics

1980s. Reaganomics, David Bowie, MTV, the computer and also the Space Shuttle are emblematic of the economic boom during this decade. With sumptuous movies like The Last Emperor and from Africa in addition to television shows such as Miami Vice, that the 1980s was a stunning time.

The colors of the ’80s have to be flamingo pink, Caribbean blue and lime green — bold, bright and brash colors that transported us into the tropics in a “go fast” boat.

(m) + charles beach INTERIORS

And for all those in a more conservative state of mind, who will forget Nancy Reagan red?

Vandeventer + Carlander Architects

1990s. Cell phones, personal computers and the Internet supposed that we were more “connected” to one another at the dawn of the information age. A middle of this new age was Seattle, home to many of the technology companies that would come to dominate the economics of this decade. And you can’t mention Seattle without mentioning grunge and a feeling of isolation and alienation only if we were becoming more connected.

The colors of the decade included grays and a muted palette of reds, blues and greens and blues.

2000s. What a couple of years! Surely it was 10 years of one intense after another. A snowball bubble burst, two more wars began, cheap and effortless credit allowed for irrational exuberance to take hold anywhere — and the celebration crashed.

While it appeared that each homeowner needed to have the stainless steel appliance package, and each dwelling had to be big enough to accommodate a small village, there was likewise a strong counter motion toward smaller homes and less glitz.

If one thing does stand out, it’s that all those surfaces needed to glow using a metallic glossiness. And stainless steel has been, in fact, the colour of this decade.

BY DESIGN Builders

2010s. While we’re still in the first years of this decade, we’re already seeing a few tendencies. A colour trend is toward greens and blues. While these colors might have been deeply and richly toned not long ago, now they are somewhat subdued. Coupled with earthy neutrals, now’s greens and blues are milder and less glitzy. That’s not to say they are boring. While the colors may be milder and quieter, the finishes tend be glistening and opalescent, including some glitz to the overall scheme.

For many, those muted earth colors, no matter what the finish, just don’t do it. Pantone has had some predictions color lovers appreciate, such as …

Larry Hanna

… Tangerine Tango in 2012. Recession and governmental gridlock be damned! A colour in this way will always put a smile on your face and jump-start your heart no matter what is happening elsewhere.

Carlyn And Company Interiors + Design

And Pantone chose Emerald to get 2013: green and glitz all in one package.

Tell us : What colors do you believe that the 2010s will be remembered for?

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