Fall is here and that means the holidays aren’t far behind. Whether you are hosting family at your house or traveling to see family out of state, you will want your house to be the hub of relaxation for the fall and winter holidays. Like so many of us, we like to keep up with the latest design trends and decorate our homes accordingly. An easy way to completely transform a room is by adding a wood accent wall. When most people think of an accent wall, they picture painting one wall of a room a vibrant or different color than the rest of the walls. But, what if you could take it a step further? What about adding a wood accent wall to change the entire look of the room? Shiplap siding is no doubt a popular design trend, with people navigating towards the ‘farmhouse’ look in their homes. In addition to basic white shiplap siding, there are many other different types of wood accent walls that are easy to install and relatively affordable. Keep reading for some wood accent wall inspiration!
Shiplap Accent Wall
We’ll start with shiplap siding, because that’s the most common type that people think of when they hear the words ‘wood accent wall’. Although many people refer to shiplap as a universal term, it is actually a very specific type of siding. Shiplap siding is horizontal wooden siding. It has tight joints that are formed when one board overlaps the top of another board. This overlap creates a tight seal, which enables the siding to withstand colder climates. While it is often times seen beingused outdoors, many people also love to use it indoors because it has a certain type of charm to it. The most common type of way we see shiplap siding being used is when someone wants to keep basic white walls in a room, but create the slightest bit of design interest. While shiplap siding generally comes unpainted and with its natural wood tone of pine or cedar, it can be pre-primed or painted white before installation to cut down on the work once it is installed. Installation of shiplap siding is relatively easy to do because the boards fit on top of each other. For install, all you need is a hammer and a saw. Keep in mind that if you happen to need to remove shiplap siding, it’s easier to remove and replace compared to other siding options.
Beetle Kill Pine Accent Wall
Many of us in the mountain states or in the West are familiar with beetle kill pine siding because of the pine beetle epidemic. If you’re not familiar with this phenomenon, Beetle Kill Pine is the “result of blue stain fungus that spreads from bark beetles to Lodgepole Pine, Douglas Fir, and Whitebark Pine trees. A byproduct of the damage done by this is a strong and beautiful piece of blue pine lumber that is streaked with a natural blue-grey stain.” – RMFP. If you’re worried about the beetles altering the strength of the wood or being able to spread the fungus into your home, have no fear. The beetles do not contaminate or weaken the wood, and because it is kiln dried, the fungi is actually burnt away during the process. Eco friendly, affordable blue stain pine is all that is left behind. We supply beetle kill pine tongue and groove siding in a variety of different sizes and profiles. We also offer a beetle kill pine flooring product if you are wanting to tie the entire room together with one distinct look. Because it is a T&G profile, it can be installed horizontally or vertically. If installing horizontally, start at the bottom and work up with the groove edges facing downwards. Siding up to 6 inches wide can be blind nailed with one siding nail per bearing toe-nailed through the base of each tongue. Wider siding should be face nailed using two nails per piece- penetrating 1-1/4 inches into solid wood.
Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall
People love using reclaimed wood and it’s definitely a design trend! If you have access to a source for real reclaimed wood from a torn down barn, wind fence or other structure- you can denail and clean up the wood to be installed in your home. An easier alternative, however, is one offered by the many different brands featured through Rocky Mountain Reclaimed. If you don’t want to do the work of sourcing, denailing and cleaning up the wood- buy true or faux reclaimed wood siding from brands such as Couer D’ Alene, RePlank, Montana Ghostwood and many others. Each brand offers a distinct product with a unique manufacturing process. True reclaimed wood is wood that has been reclaimed from a truly old structure such as an old barn or wind fence. It is denailed, cleaned up and milled into specific siding profiles to allow for ease of installation. Another type of reclaimed wood siding that’s offered through Rocky Mountain Reclaimed, is faux reclaimed siding. This look is achieved by using new siding material and painting or distressing it to make it look old. This is a good option for those not wanting to deal with the mess of true reclaimed wood, but who are wanting the look of it. Whatever type of reclaimed wood you choose for an accent wall, all of our siding products are uniform, clean and ready to install without any prep work.
We hope that these 3 different types of wood accent walls have sparked your design imagination! If you are wanting to change up a room for the holidays, there are a lot of different options with wood accent walls. If you have any questions about what type of wood accent wall would be best for you, do not hesitate to reach out!