Yes, you can make your house standout from all the rest on the block, and wall panels will facilitate your plan to achieve a high-end designer look. They are resurging in popularity because they not only hide a world of hurt, they also can be used to hide cables behind them when hung with suspension fittings. Rich wood panels give a room or feature wall a warm yet fascinating vibe. Practical and beautiful, wall panels turn an ordinary wall into an unexpected focal point.

When selecting wall panels, keep in mind these design hints:

1. Order actual panel samples. No matter how true your computer’s color monitor seems, it’s not possible to judge the quality and shading of a wood panel without first previewing it. You can see how the sample works with other features in the room and preview it in under your room’s natural lighting conditions. View the sample both in natural daylight and under artificial lighting at night.

2. Look for eco-friendly veneers. Green features add to your home’s overall resale value and are important to some buyers for health reasons.

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3. Budget appropriately. Keep in mind that cutting corners is not always wise, because when it comes to wall panels, it’s easy to spot the difference between a rich veneer and a laminate veneer. Also, budget for labor if this isn’t a DIY remodel. Although you can save money by doing it yourself, know what your limitations are. You can save aggravation by hiring someone that knows how to do it right the first time around. Wall panels that adhere with suspension fittings are easy to hang, but if you’re not handy and have a large space to do, it may be a job for a pro.

4. Keep an open mind. Are you stuck in a design rut? Consider going in a new design direction. If you’d normally choose a black or dark wood panel shade, think about going lighter. If your home is too dark, future buyers will notice that you were “obsessed” with one shade. You don’t want your home to be one note. You want harmony, but you want some surprises too.