5 Unexpected Interior Applications for Log Siding and Wood Paneling

Interior log sidingWho says log siding is only for the outside of a home? Last month, we wrote about ways to dress up the walls of log and timber frame homes with wood siding and paneling products.

Maybe this sounds a little “off the wall,” but why stop there? Northern White Cedar and Pine log siding and paneling are just too beautiful to restrict to walls. If you’re working with a homeowner who wants to incorporate more wood into their log or timber frame home, share these ideas for ways to install wood on a number of indoor surfaces.

1. Ceilings

What better way to draw eyes up to dramatic pitched ceilings supported by impressive trusses or beams than with wood siding or paneling on the ceiling?

One of our favorite materials for ceilings is beadboard. For even more visual interest and charm, paint or stain the wood ceiling a different color from the walls.

2. Cabinetry

We also love the use of beadboard on cabinets doors. Inset the wood paneling on door fronts to add charming texture in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, mud rooms — and anywhere else the homeowner is looking to add custom built-in storage. Beadboard, board and batten, and log siding and wood paneling also look great wrapped around kitchen islands, peninsulas and bars.

3. Backsplashes

The area above your bathroom, bar or kitchen counters isn’t reserved strictly for tile. Homeowners also can opt to use log siding or paneling, board and batten, and again, beadboard. Northern White Cedar naturally resists moisture, mold and mildew, so it’s a sensible wood to use in this application, but you’ll still want to seal the wood properly for extra protection in these splash zones.

4. Fireplaces

Fireplaces are the focal points in many log and timber frame homes. Often, homeowners choose to go the traditional route, facing them with large river rock or fieldstone. If a homeowner expresses interest in something different, suggest mixing materials and covering the overmantel with beadboard, board and batten or even cedar shake.

5. Closets

Why stop at the walls when you can line an entire room with Northern White Cedar log siding or paneling? Cedar has long been used to line closets and storage chests to protect clothing, blankets and fabrics from damage caused by moisture and pests. Plus, it makes your belongings smell great!

Trust Heartwood Mills for the wood siding and paneling products you use inside log and timber frame homes. Not only do we carry the products mentioned in this post, but our experts also are on-hand to offer advice for how to use them creatively in your next renovation or new build. We’d love to hear from you!