wood paneling

Old 06-26-03, 08:32 PM
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wood paneling

We have wood paneling installed in our living room and bedroom. We love the light wood but have found that in the years since its installation the wall color has changed and the areas that have been covered with framed artwork are now a different color from the rest of the wall. Is there any way to correct this so that we might move items that are on the wall to a new location or remove them entirely? Should we not put any decorative items on the wall so we avoid this problem?
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Wood paneling

All wood products will achieve a patina over time due to exposure to light, gas heat, cigarette smoke, and age. Like hardwood floors with area rugs, any area covered by art work will not be exposed to the elements. One option is to seasonally remove area rugs and artwork to expose covered surfaces.

Wood panelling can be painted. If you have high quality hardwood paneling and don't want to lose the look of natural wood, then you can remove art work and cross your fingers that covered areas will quickly catch up (doubtful). Or, keep art hanging in its original places. Also, you could consider sanding and refinishing paneling, but that's a lot of messy work.

Using shades, blinds, and draperies to reduce sunlight penetration in rooms helps minimize the effects of natural light. But, artificial light also affects hardwood. Some wood species are more sensitive to light exposure than others, particularly American and Brazilian Cherry, but all species are affected by light.

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