Give retro wall paneling a parquet twist for some interesting & inexpensive decor

Retro wall paneling a parquet twist for some interesting and inexpensive decor
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Do you like the warmth of retro wall paneling, but find the simple wood plank lines a little less than exciting? Here’s an old-school way to use this basic material in a new way.

The geometric wallcovering shown here was a bold eye-stopper, and even today would be surprisingly easy to make.

To make it, just cut squares of prefinished 1/4-inch plywood from a standard 4×4-foot sheet of paneling, then arrange them in a parquet pattern like shown. A framework of painted 1x6s holds it all in place.

On the floors of this room, there was the kind of non-permanent decor that’s perfect for renters. A white vinyl tile border can be removed if it’s attached to the floor with double-sided tape rather than the usual adhesive backing.

A bright room-size rug covers the remainder of the floor — with an inexpensive non-slip grippers for area rugs beneath — both of which can be rolled up and used in another home.

Retro wall paneling a parquet twist for some interesting and inexpensive decor
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