Wall wood paneling immediately darkens a room, which can make the room look smaller. When you have panels on each wall, the dark color overwhelms the space, making the room feel like a cave. But there are some interior ideas you can use to lighten the space and tone down the heavy feel of wood. Decorate old wall panels by concealing the wood or inserting new elements.
Slip wall wood paneling with fine slip paper and fill any holes or chips with wood kittens. Grind the dried wood filler, prime walls and paint. The new paint tones down the naturally dark color of panels. Decorate the room with the mid-century modern accessories, if you cannot cover panels. This style became popular during the glossy day wood panel. Give the room a “Mad Men” feeling with a leather armchair or sofa, brass pieces and a starburst mirror or bell hung on the wall.
Cover some bookshelves with a layer of basic color and white color. Place the bookshelves against the wall wood paneling. The white color lights up the room and the shelves take the focus of the panel. Hang colorful artwork on the walls; distance the drawing around the room. The unexpected colors function as contact points for the room. Eyes move to the artwork and stay away from panels.