Rich Wood Judges Paneling~Den Makeover

The power of custom woodworking never ceases to amaze me and this room transformation is a great example.  Chris and Gary are a wonderful couple having fun sprucing up their empty nest.  Chris enjoys transitional style while Gary leans more towards traditional.  This den makeover combines both traditional elements with a few fun contemporary accents.  

Here is a look at the room before the makeover:



The first new design element was rich custom woodworking.   Bill Walter is the talented carpenter behind this beautiful judges paneling wall treatment.  The addition of judges paneling immediately transformed this space.


We brought in a pair of beautiful wingback chairs in bright white upholstery to pop against the dark wood paneling and floors.  

Comfort was just as important as style when it came to choosing the perfect chairs.  After shopping around at bit, Potterybarn's Gramercy Chair won.  

Fun, oversized, contemporary lamps were incorporated for a bit of whimsy to the lighten the mood. 

A cute console table was used for printer storage and display of Gary's collectibles.  

For the new desk, they needed something compact yet large enough to work at comfortably.  We also wanted a piece that felt light, as not to compete with the visual weight of the judges molding treatment.  
The Ava Desk from Potterybarn was perfect. 

This handsome desk with simple lines is the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional.  The glass top makes the desk appear lighter while the size of the desktop provides ample work space.  

This project was a lot of fun.  Rich wood judges paneling had a dramatic effect on the feel of this room.
Blending new furniture pieces with the clients existing treasures resulted in a warm, comfortable den.  Combining traditional and contemporary elements created a space that both Chris and Gary enjoy.  

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  1. With blogs full of images of rooms void of natural wood furniture in favor of painted pieces it's refreshing to see a room with beautiful natural wood paneling. The combination of wood and white furniture is always so lovely. I'd like to spend time in that office.

  2. Thank you, Karen. It was fun working with the wood tones in this space. It really created a warm, inviting atmosphere. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah

  3. Please please please share where that console table is from

    1. Hi Stacey, we snagged the table just before it was discontinued at Pier One. Isn't it cute? Thanks, Sarah

  4. That is a wonderful makeover! Amazing how the wood paneling changed the whole look and feel.

  5. Sara, love this! Awesome help in our dilemma on how to paint upper walls in our heavily paneled living room. Can you share paint color?

  6. Can you share paint color please??


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