How can I update paneling in my home?
Hi hi! I’m about to close on a big mid century home with lots of wood paneling. It’s an awesome old house, and was built by a builder for his own family, so the original quality is amazing. But the house has hardly been touched since (except for an unfortunate early ‘90s kitchen update). So everything is pretty dated. I have a decent renovation budget, but definitely not enough to do everything I want right away. And, I want to respect/restore the cool original vibe of the home, while making it a fresh, pleasant place for my family to live. So, with that rambling intro, WHAT THE HECK DO I DO WITH ALL THIS PANELING?!?! My ideas are: 1) paint the family room white, but leave the entry paneling as is.2) leave all the wood paneling, and instead focus on refinishing the floors. I like the cool black slate, but maybe bleach out, whitewash, or even paint the floors white, to get rid of the yellowish tones and provide high-definition contrast with the dark walls. 3) whiten the floors, but paint the entry white, leave the family room as is. This is probably the most expensive option. I could do it, it just means cutting some other corners. In any case, I’m planning to replace the light fixtures in the entry, probably with a 4’ Moravian star chandelier, and then some sort of complimentary sconces - any ideas for those are also very welcome! I’m also considering putting a cool wallpaper on the entry ceilings - leaning toward a cobalt/navy with gold stars, like you would find in an old church. Finally, someone suggested we paint the handrail on the balustrade high-gloss black, to blend with/highlight the cool ironwork. What sort of window treatments would you suggest in the family room? I’m leaning toward white drapes if we leave the wood, or simple blinds if we paint it. Thoughts? Other ideas? I’m not much of a designer, and MCM is totally new to me, so a project of this size is pretty overwhelming to me! Thanks for any help!!
Reverse view of family room
Upper level of the foyer
Main level foyer. The front door is straight ahead, on the right is the kitchen (destined for a white makeover with bright colorful accents), and the paneled family room is on the left.