Currently there is a trend that folks are installing barn boards or planks on the horizontal for an accent wall. That is NOT what this post is about.
Interior timber wall claddings are a popular material that can add warmth to any room. There are a vast selection of softwood cladding panels and MDF cladding panels which are available from DIY retailers.
Maybe it is because I am at the cottage and yes, writing this post from the dock that I am thinking about wood walls. It is a country feel to have walls like these but I think it can be implemented in the city just fine. Perhaps you may even have a basement with wood panelling that can be painted because then it creates a similar feel. I think this look is great for a guest bedroom or laundry room too! Here at the cottage we have an entire bunkie clad in wood and yes, the wood is painted Benjamin Moore Cloud White. A fantastic white for wood clad walls.
So if barn boards hung horizontal are not your thing this might be an alternative!