Using Tongue and Groove Wall Paneling

Tongue and groove wall paneling creates an illusion of greater height in a room, and it adds architectural interest.

Thinking about using tongue and groove paneling on your walls or as an accent wall feature? This is a great way to add architectural detail to your home, and it’s less expensive than you think given the cost of plaster and wallboard. Plus, with walls this rich in detail, who needs to hang artwork?

Maple wood flooring with maple tongue and groove wall paneling and tiger maple trim.
We provided this tiger maple trim to complement the maple tongue and groove wall paneling and maple flooring the client ordered from us.

At Hull Forest Products, we’ve been milling bead board and other styles of wall paneling for our customers for years.

Pine tongue and groove paneling and white oak flooring from Hull Forest Products.
This timber frame home used natural grade white oak flooring and vertical pine tongue and groove paneling. The result is a very natural look that contrasts beautifully with the painted cabinet.

Whether used vertically or horizontally, half way up the wall or floor to ceiling, tongue and groove wall paneling creates a bespoke look.

cherry wide plank bathroom flooring and tongue and groove wall paneling
This cottage style bath features wide plank cherry wood flooring and tulip tongue and groove wall paneling with a beaded edge, both milled by Hull Forest Products.

Tongue and groove paneling can help define your home’s style.  The styles shown above range from formal to cottage.  But a more rustic take on tongue and groove paneling might use  pine like this Virginia log cabin:

Circle sawn skip planed pine tongue and groove paneling.
The owners of this rustic log cabin chose skip planed and circle sawn pine tongue and groove paneling for its rusticity.

Every species of tree that we mill into flooring can also be used for tongue and groove paneling.  Different edge profiles are available. Check out our species galleries to see more photos and find your paneling style. For even more photos, ideas, and inspiration on how to use tongue and groove paneling in your home, we love this article by a contributor: