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#TBT to Our Old Frenemy: Wood Paneling

#TBT to Our Old Frenemy: Wood Paneling

Wood panel and ping pong

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We can pretend to be environmentally mindful and tiptoe around the reality of our carbon footprint, but that would mean nixing the installation of any Brazilian walnut, Balinese carved wood, or wire-brushed oak to elevate the style of our tastefully decorated home.

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Why, you ask? Well, because these stunning materials deforest the far away lands from which they hail.

There’s an easier way to rock the woodsy look, and it involves less guilt. In this wholesome family edition of #TBT, we reintroduce you to the wonders of the wood look—without necessarily even touching a tree.

Our star? Wood paneling—sometimes real, sometimes faux.

The ultimate wood-clad lair

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The ultimate faux wood lair.

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The ultimate wood-clad lair

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Celebrated triumphantly in the 1970s, namely by America’s favorite TV architect dad: Mike Brady (of “The Brady Bunch” fame), the “wood” caught wind and was glued across the walls of many a family room.

Don’t laugh. Seventies-era wood paneling, real or faux, was seriously the epitome of suburban cool. Chances are this was your father’s big DIY home improvement project. (Unless, of course, you were the dad wielding the hot-glue gun. In that case, good work!)

Wood walls

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Wood walls

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The wood-lined vibe jived well through the decade—until the kids got a bit older and reclaimed those rec rooms as their bedrooms in the ’80s. Suddenly those vertical slats were the backdrop for goth-loving teenagers’ angst.

To be fair, wood paneling received a thoughtful homage in “Wayne’s World” and a kinda creepy one in Fiona Apple’s music video for her hit “Criminal.”

A woody retreat

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Wood walls

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A woody retreat

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We’ve gathered a few of our terrifyingly familiar yet utterly awesome wood-paneled favorites to remind you of a time when Cabbage Patch Kids were the most expensive toy ever, and the game “Operation” was considered high-tech.

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