11. Two-Tone Paneling
The inspiration: New England barns
The project: Working with the barn-loving owners of a home in Weston, Massachusetts, architect Chris Adams finished this guest room with locally harvested eastern white pine, prefinished by a nearby mill that distressed, stained,
and painted the wood in two shades of green. "The horizontal panels evoke barn exteriors, and the wainscot incorporates a bead detail from Colonial houses,"
he says. Beams and posts made from salvaged Douglas fir frame the paneling, adding to the warm, layered look.
The payoff: The beauty of old buildings with the ease of prefinishing