December 5th, 2012

Creating a Herringbone Focal Wall

After finishing my kids’ playroom, I set my sights on my home office. I spend many hours in there every day, and it was a sad, neglected place to work. The crazy, unorganized mess just compounded over time, and I soon found myself dodging wayward pieces of furniture and paint cans. It definitely wasn’t an inspired space.



I enjoy painting really graphic patterns on my walls, but I decided to do something a little different for the office. I love the continuing trend of wood planked walls, but I wanted to put my own spin on it. After looking at a lot of inspiration pictures online, I decided to attempt a herringbone pattern on a focal wall, made from pine wood paneling.


I bought pre-cut 36” tongue and groove panels from the home improvement store and stained them in three different shades of brown. Once they were dry, I started installing them on my wall with a pneumatic brad nailer.



The center of the wall was easy to install, and the pine planks went up really quickly. Once I got to the edges of the wall, I had to use my miter saw to cut 45-degree angles on the boards and shorten them to the necessary length. That process was time consuming, but not difficult.


Before I installed the trim to finish the edges of the wall, I painted the rest of the room in Glidden’s Cool Cobalt (almost an Air Force Blue) and the ceiling in my own favorite formula I call “Lindsay White” (a gallon of white Glidden paint off the shelf that I have the paint counter personnel add one ounce of white pigment to).


I stained and installed some lattice trim around the edges to finish off the wall.



My herringbone wood paneled wall brings so much warmth to my office. I like that it lends a slightly retro vibe to the room, as I’m adding other elements from that time period into the office, too. It’s also visible from the front of the house, and I’ve actually seen neighbors stop on the sidewalk and gawk.


Defining your own personal style sometimes means taking a risk or putting your own spin on a traditional trend. Pick a bold paint color, think outside of the box, and bring at least one unexpected element into each room.


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