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Vertical Wall Paneling

Take a basic hallway from staid to striking. Instead of choosing a standard chair rail to divide the wall horizon, tally and hang thin strips of lattice vertically, parallel to one another, about six inches apart. The paneling-in-reverse creates texture and dimension — and helps protect the wall from damage.

wall vertical lattice decor

Photography: JOHNNY MILLER

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2017


This project appeared in our feature, 6 Finishing Touches That Will Completely Transform Your Home.


  • Measuring tape
  • Pencils
  • Strips of ½" x ¾" x 48" molding
  • Wood nails
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Wood filler
  • Paint
  • Paint tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller


  1. Using a tape measure and a pencil, mark the wall in 6" increments to indicate where you want to add the molding and to calculate how many strips of molding you need. Do the same at 48" to mark where the top edge of the strips will stop.
  2. Holding a strip of molding steady, use a hammer and nail to secure it onto the wall at the bottom. Hold a level against the strip and adjust it until it's straight; draw a line in pencil to mark the correct placement. Ensuring that strip stays in line, hammer in middle and top nails. Cover nail holes with wood filler; let dry completely. Repeat with the remaining strips of molding.
  3. Paint the entire wall, using a brush to completely cover the edges of the molding. Let dry completely.

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