WALL COVERING – PANELLING

 

Panelling ad.

Panelling ad.

Ahh, panelling. The ever so popular wall covering that ended up in every household in the fifties through the seventies. It was used in basements, rec rooms, family rooms and any other room in the house. I understand why it was such a popular option. It could easily cover up imperfect walls, was reasonably priced, came in countless shades, was very low maintenance, durable and simple to install.

Panelling was easy to install...much simpler than plaster or drywall.

Panelling was easy to install…much simpler than plaster or drywall.

I actually don’t mind the look of panelling for a rec room or basement area but for me, most of it is too dark for a living room, dining room or bedroom. The panelling in the living room of the house we are currently living in was so dark when I moved in so we painted over it. The only panelling in the 1960s house we’re renovating is in the back entry/laundry room. The rest of the rooms are plaster or wallpapered.

Our home growing up (built in 1974) was filled with panelling of all shades. To refresh my memory I flipped through my old childhood photo album – we had more panelling than I remembered. There was a classic rich wood panelling in the dining room, the rec room and the three bedrooms, a light blonde knotty pine panelling in the den and a dark charcoal panelling with a silvery grain in the living room that contrasted nicely with the multicolour shag style carpeting and orange damask fiberglass curtains. My siblings might not appreciate me posting this photo but it was the best one I could find for showing the unique silvery grey panelling in the living room I remember so fondly (aren’t we stylin.) Like many homeowners, my parents renovated their home in the nineties and tore out all of the old panelling (along with the shag carpet) and replaced it with wallpaper and paint.

Our living room panelling growing up.

Our living room panelling growing up.

Here are a few old ads for panelling.

Vintage panelling ad.

Vintage panelling ad.

panelling

Ad for Weldwood wood paneling, 1959

 

 

1959 ad for Weldwood paneling.

1959 ad for Weldwood paneling.

 

living room panelling.

living room panelling from Abitibi.

 

Panelling worked well for toy and rec rooms.

Panelling worked well for toy and rec rooms.

 

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Comments:

  1. moni-jo says:

    seriously, paneling should come back – it’s so practical! 😉 and by the way, I LOVED my dress in that photo – Mom made it for me and it was truly one of my absolute favourites!

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