Wood paneling was originally used to add warmth, both literally and figuratively, to a stone-walled structure. As a decorative element, it can infuse a room with a definite character—from traditional (think wainscoting and boiserie), to retro (hello 70s faux-wood paneled walls), to modern, depending on the degree of ornamentation used. Here, some prime examples.
For those with more modern tastes, this three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath co-op at 900 Fifth Avenue (yours for $4.75 million) includes a 16-foot-paneled entrance gallery that can double as an entertainment space.
And at 17 East 83rd Street, a single-family townhouse (priced at $22.5 million) boasts a formal living room with restored, 17-century Jacobean paneling from England, plus this mahogany-lined library with coffered leather-and-mahogany ceiling and woodburning fireplace.
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