September 24, 2019

Trends are an interesting phenomenon. In any given aesthetic field there is always a set of classics. Staple items that never go out of fashion, such as a great pair of indigo jeans that can be dressed up or down. Trends are a different story though, they’re highly novel choices that may come and go in popularity and one never knows what it is that makes them acceptable in one generation and unacceptable in the next. One of the latest and greatest comebacks in the home decoration world today is something we at Drva Wood Co are real pleased about. It’s wood paneling!

The Heyday of Wood Paneling

Wood paneling is something Millenials and younger may only remember through famous shows that were syndicated on television, such as The Brady Bunch, Wonder Years, and much later, That 70’s Show. It’s easy for us to look back on prior generations and not fixate too much on the details. I know when I think of what the average home in the 60s might’ve looked like, there might be a hazy image that I could put together and call it the 60s. However, when you really start to nitpick at the details and consider it, you realize that there are a few things that tend to be ubiquitous generation to generation.

For the 50’s onward and going into the ’70s, you would be hard-pressed to not find a suburban home that didn’t have wood panels in the living room and bedrooms. Heck, the trend was even so popular that many station wagons of the time sought to place wood accents on the body of the car. In my humble opinion, it was a terribly ugly occurrence that never should have been brought to the light, but hey, at least it looked good on walls, right?

The Future is Now

This wood panel trend continued on into the ’80s but started disappearing at the turn of the century and by the 1990s, many old homes had these panels ripped right off because people were not only sick of them, but they did not fit in with the increasingly popular modern/industrial style that was making its way into office and homes everywhere. The future was here, and wood panels were for hippies and flower children.

Things tend to come and go, not just fashion choices but states of mind in the public consciousness—and these inevitably inform the fashion of our times.

This is all just conjecture, but hear me out. After the industrial revolution, there was a huge fixation on new technology making its way into homes. Better automobiles, fancy kitchen appliances, the advent of television and subsequent product marketing and innovations. This led to a very future-oriented mindset in the populace, things were changing fast. Parallel that to how people feel in today’s age, from 2007-2017—a mere 10 years, we had a landslide revolution in handheld smartphone technology and all of the connectivity that goes with that. So suffocating has this become as of late, that people are already trying to find way to return to basics, to something more natural-looking.

Easy Wood Panel Installation

So, you’re telling me it’s a coincidence that wood paneling is becoming popular again? I don’t think so. Guess what else is popular these days? Everything about the ’80s; synth music, films of the era, and TV shows that emulate and pay homage to those things are out in full force and have been for a few years.

Needless to say, many people are jumping at the chance to make their sterile modern homes look a bit more rustic and chic.

Our very own Ryan O’Leary founded Drva precisely for this reason. He wanted to use wood paneling in a home project and quickly found himself frustrated with the options. And like many great products, Drva Wood was born from those frustrations and a lack of any good options.

Drva’s New Vintage Wood is the easiest way to install wood paneling into your home. You simply obtain the panels and use Bond-All Professional Grade Eco-Adhesive, it’s an incredibly strong adhesive that is FDA approved and 100% safe for interior use.

Contact us here to beautify your home with New Vintage Wood paneling!