Wood Wall Paneling

Wood wall paneling coverings are constructed from components that are from rigid or semi-rigid components, and are often made of wood or wood products. Generally, the wood wall paneling coverings are made out of wood that interlocks, or with plastic or other materials that are conducive to a redecorating look. The paneling look was originally manufactured in an attempt to make rooms in drafty and stone buildings to be more comfortable and to retain heat more than needed. Although paneling does not do a complete job of blocking out all drafts, it does however act as a good filler and helps the rooms to retain much more heat than normal. It is mainly buildings that are constructed of stone or other porous material where this type of paneling is more beneficial, but paneling is typically used mainly for decorating purposes, and any insulating benefits that are a result of the installation is going to be merely an added bonus.

There are some types of wood wall paneling that are known to be mainly for decorative and styling purposes than for anything else. Functionality are secondary to these types of paneling, and some of these styles rate very high in terms of ornateness and design. For instance the Victorian designs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries play a big part in the wood wall panelings from the architecture seen in some British buildings. The most commonly seen styles in Britain are the wainscoting and boiserie styles, and many of those same styles you'll be able to find in the average homeowner's living room and dens. These overly decorated styles have had a huge influence on the architecture and design of today's contemporary styles. And although wood wall paneling looks have changed significantly over the past few decades, there are still some styles such as these that still have a lingering effect on design and culture.

Wood wall paneling designs have also changed somewhat from the original styles that were prevalent years ago. Instead of only covering the area from the floor to the ceiling in many design styles, the paneling decorations now cover only the lower part or the lower half of the walls in most cases. This gives the paneling a more contemporary, modern look and adds a bit of fashion flair to the look as well. This lower part of the decorative area is likely best known as the "chair rail" area or section, mainly because this is where the top of the chair meets the wall. In many modern homes this is desirable because while the paneled look gives the homeowner the taste and flair they like, the half-wall also serves as functionality by protecting the lower half of the wall from scratches and unsightly marks that occur.