For reasons that I'm not totally ready to go into, I've been thinking a lot about wood paneling these days. Normally my answer is "Paint it! Make it white! HIDE IT!"
Anything to take the brown away.
However, I stumbled upon this room today (designed by Matthew Bees and featured in Southern Living) and suddenly my heart grew three sizes for wood paneling. The giant white sofa, curtains and art brighten up the space, while the wood makes it feel cozy and inviting. It feels like place where you could curl up with a book, a board game, or a brandy...
...and never once consider painting the walls white.