November 15, 2017
Keep in mind that drapes can change your perception of a room.
Long, floor-length drapery tends to make a room look (and feel) bigger than it actually is. Meanwhile, short drapes have more of a “compact” vibe, making a room seem quaint and cozy. You can use these characteristics to your advantage when it comes to dressing up your wood-paneled room. In a small space, adding floor-to-ceiling drapes may be the key to creating an open area. And if you like the idea of a small, intimate room, then understated drapes can create this mood. Deciding what, exactly, you want from the space beforehand can help narrow down your choices.
“Wood” is not a standard color, and wooden panels usually consist of many different shades of brown, red, and yellow. It’s entirely possible, then, that the wood paneling in one house will look completely different from the wood paneling in another house, even under similar lighting conditions. Take this into account before you see the drapes in a family member’s house and decide that you’d like to adopt the same color scheme or decorating motif at your house. The colors of the drapery may highlight the gorgeous shades in the wood, and beautiful, wood grain colors may complement the drapery. Finding the right combination is key.
Opposites attract; this is true in relationships and interior design! Dark-colored paneling can feel off-putting, especially if it covers most of the surfaces in a particular room (or house). And drapery that is light in color or overall have a playful appearance can balance out the space surprisingly well. Wispy, transparent drapery might not be strong enough to stand up to the paneling, but opaque window treatments—with or without a bold pattern—may be up to the task. Another common strategy is to hang drapes on the walls in areas without a window. Even if they’re only for decoration (as opposed to being practical or functioning), the drapery will still do wonders to dress an expanse of dark wood.
This one should be a no-brainer, but it’s still worth discussing in any conversations about interior design. For a room to really come together, everything must be well-coordinated. So when you’re picking drapery for your wood-paneled room, don’t leave your couch, bedspread, nightstand, or other fixtures out of the discussion. Sometimes, it’s easier to move furniture around (or replace it completely) than it is to disassemble an entire window treatment.
Decorating around wood paneling can be difficult. In fact, for a lot of folks, it’s a full-blown deal breaker when they’re searching for a new house, condo, or apartment. But before you pass up on that “practically perfect” home, remember that you do have options. The right drapery can improve rooms of all shapes, sizes, and wall treatments. And a drapery professional can be a veritable miracle-worker when it comes to beautifying wood-paneled rooms!