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Beyond construction, wood walls and ceilings have a long and colorful history in home decor. Wood panels began as a way to insulate and hide flaws before grand boiserie began to decorate the finest castles and mansions, eventually refined to the elegance of the Rococo style and the gentle touch of the Victorian era. And it's hard to forget the chunky vertical boards that graced midcentury homes alongside shag rugs and fringed upholstery! Today's wooden interior trends take on a more minimalistic style by favoring flat smooth panels, horizontal alignment, and light finishes that highlight rich grain. The appeal remains.