Along with plaid and gingham, domed mushroom lamps, maximalist mix-and-match prints, and saturated color (yellow, olive greens, etc.), we’re officially adding dark wood paneling to this summer’s nods to ’70s style. Plain, unfinished wood walls that may have been deemed dated and painted white just a few short months ago are now adding an intriguing backdrop to interiors—more retro than rustic.
One theory for the comeback? “Biophilic design, or bringing a connection to nature into our homes,” designer Nicola Holden told Refinery29, perhaps spurred on by lockdowns. “A lot of the ’70s trends incorporate this, such as wood paneling, shag pile carpets, fringing, the use of natural materials and texture (exposed bricks and textured walls), and curved shapes.”
Whatever the reason, we’re into it (exposed-wood trim and doors, too). Take a look at a few favorites from our archives.
Time to strip back the white paint? Let us know what you think.
And if you’re looking for a deep dive on wood cladding options (painted or unpainted, consult our guides: