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Tongue and groove paneling with the end-matching design is the ideal wallboard for log cabins, log homes, and conventional houses. Our appreciation and use of this building standard have made a strong resurgence during the past few decades. It is no longer used just for small cottages on the lake or a hunting camp.
Pine and cedar paneling are available in superior quality at affordable prices. It can be ordered in an unfinished or prefinished condition in a variety of stain colors or a clear coat without stain. The following shows how beautiful knotty pine and cedar paneling can be in the displayed rooms and homes.
Paneling Can Be Mounted on Walls Horizontally and Vertically
These rooms use knotty pine paneling in two formats to showcase its rustic beauty. The first uses a horizontal pattern all the way to the ceiling. The second uses vertical wall installation and a horizontal ceiling layout.
You may want to lay out paneling in a diagonal or custom pattern or install it as wainscoting. You can vary the visual effect of walls by choosing the width of paneling that looks best to you. The typical sizes are shown here for both unfinished and prefinished wood:
Knotty Pine Cedar
Unfinished: 4”, 5”, 6” Unfinished: 4”, 5”, 6”
Pre-finished: 4”, 5”, 6” Pre-finished: 6” only
Both pine and cedar panels are available in ¾” thicknesses and are mounted to conventional wall framing with a nail gun. Door and window wall openings can be easily finished out with a variety of pine trims and moldings. Add matching baseboards and chair railing where needed and you create those dream house walls.
Ceilings Look Better with the Right Materials
Pine and cedar panels are mounted to conventional floor joists, rafters, or furring strips with a nail gun. This cedar ceiling is an outstanding example of what can be achieved in a modern log home. Its natural richness and beauty can’t be matched with other varieties of wood.
Pine and cedar ceilings look like they belong in log homes and cabins compared to drywall. Conventional homes also look gorgeous with natural wood ceilings and trim.
These ceilings can be enhanced with the addition of log beams. You can stain both with the color of your choice for a vintage or modern look. Everyone’s eyes will be drawn upward to the splendor of pine and cedar ceilings.
“If you want to bring more of nature’s beauty and fascination into your home or cabin, consider using knotty pine or knotty cedar for your walls and ceilings.”
Pine and cedar are used as decking under lofts and walkways the same way it’s used for other ceilings. This type of paneling can be installed on walls and ceilings by homeowners with basic woodworking skills. Consider hiring a contractor to install paneling in higher vaulted ceilings to be on the safe side. Watch this video for details about installing paneling on walls and ceilings.
Knotty Pine Is a Smart Choice in Woods
Knotty pine is the standard for wall and ceiling paneling because it has desirable characteristics:
- Its natural colors, grain, and knots make it one of our most lovely woods.
- Knotty pine is one of the most affordable building materials.
- Its composition is softer than hardwoods that allow easy sewing, drilling, and sanding.
- High-quality pine and cedar are available from reputable online suppliers.
Knotty pine paneling can be stained at your supplier’s mill, you can do it yourself or you can hire a painter. Another bonus with pine is you can build complementary cabinetry for kitchens, bathrooms, and bedrooms as illustrated here.
More people appreciate the sustainability of pine trees than ever before because they are cultivated and harvested more readily than hardwoods. This ‘green’ effect stems from trees that are grown on farms that perpetuated the variety for years to come. Be sure to use the right size nails for your nail gun.
Cedar Is Another Outstanding Option for Walls and Ceilings
Cedar is one of nature’s most amazing woods that add a colorful accent to any wall or ceiling. Northern white cedar is typically reddish-brown, pale brown, and tan with paler sapwood shades. It has a straight grain with fine texture and usually many small knots.
Cedar is an ideal wood for any climate, especially in humid areas. It is less resistant to rot and insects. This variety has a pleasing smell, though not as strong as aromatic cedar. This cool-looking bedroom has both a cedar ceiling and walls.
In summary, if you want to bring more of nature’s beauty and fascination into your home or cabin, consider using knotty pine or knotty cedar for your walls and ceilings.