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How To: Wood-Paneled Bedroom

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If you're a minimalist but prefer a cozy, not cold bedroom, one tactic to consider is wood-paneled walls. Adding organic materials warms up the space without adding fussy detail. Here are eight examples.
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  Architect Thomas Bercy’s austere bedroom in Austin, Texas, relies on a streamlined aesthetic plus warm natural materials. Photo by Denise Prince Martin.

    Architect Thomas Bercy’s austere bedroom in Austin, Texas, relies on a streamlined aesthetic plus warm natural materials. Photo by Denise Prince Martin.

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  Wood built-ins abound in this renovation by H2O Architectes of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. To free up space, beds, shelves, and a sofa appear to be built into the wall. To accommodate the gentle curve of the "unit," the architects selected birch plywood.

    Wood built-ins abound in this renovation by H2O Architectes of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. To free up space, beds, shelves, and a sofa appear to be built into the wall. To accommodate the gentle curve of the "unit," the architects selected birch plywood.

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  In a Minnesota factory-turned-living space, the bedroom is decorated minimally by a Vogt screenprint, a strand of green Algue, and wood millwork that matches the rest of the built-ins that divide up the loft. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

    In a Minnesota factory-turned-living space, the bedroom is decorated minimally by a Vogt screenprint, a strand of green Algue, and wood millwork that matches the rest of the built-ins that divide up the loft. Photo by Cameron Wittig.

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  In this Southern California ode to minimal living, the bedroom's wood paneling is painted in crisp white and sharp dark gray. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

    In this Southern California ode to minimal living, the bedroom's wood paneling is painted in crisp white and sharp dark gray. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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  Even in a coastal community, wood paneling does the trick. To keep things from getting heavy, sheer curtains let light and breezes into the master bedroom of this Long Island home. Photo by Richard Foulser.

    Even in a coastal community, wood paneling does the trick. To keep things from getting heavy, sheer curtains let light and breezes into the master bedroom of this Long Island home. Photo by Richard Foulser.

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  In this renovated Cape Cod house redesigned by Minneapolis studio City Desk Studio, mother and son enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes. Photo by Chad Holder.

    In this renovated Cape Cod house redesigned by Minneapolis studio City Desk Studio, mother and son enjoy a playful loll on the bed in the Deans’ new master bedroom. The perforated wall facing the neighbors’ backyard offers a great deal of diffuse light while still managing to conceal the Deans’ boudoir from prying eyes. Photo by Chad Holder.

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  Mix materials, but with caution. In addition to wood and concrete, the other main material in architect Ray Kappe's Los Angeles house is quarter-inch single-pane glass: No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as in the old bedroom of his son Finn. Photo by João Canziani.

    Mix materials, but with caution. In addition to wood and concrete, the other main material in architect Ray Kappe's Los Angeles house is quarter-inch single-pane glass: No room is without a natural light source, whether from skylights, mitered corner windows, or clerestories, as in the old bedroom of his son Finn. Photo by João Canziani.

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  Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a modern observatory. Large paneling on the master bedroom walls provide a smooth backdrop for artwork by Radcliffe Bailey. Photo by Tom Fowlks.

    Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a modern observatory. Large paneling on the master bedroom walls provide a smooth backdrop for artwork by Radcliffe Bailey. Photo by Tom Fowlks.

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