Adding a vertical wood slat to your wall can give you many benefits. A vertical wood slat wall is commonly used as a room divider, screen, ad panel. Moreover, it can also help you with sunlight, privacy, and flow.
Despite its practical use, a vertical wood slat wall can also be used as a decoration. It is an excellent way to add charm and character to the room without sacrificing views or light.
- Contemporary Staircase with Dark Brown Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Mid-century Living Room with White Oak Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Mid-sized 1960s Dining Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Screen
- Modern Living Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Partition
- Contemporary Living Room with Natural Ash Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- 1950s Family Room with Medium Tone Floor and Dark Tone Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Wooden Staircase in an Open and L-Shaped Design with a Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Minimalist Open Concept Living Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Paneling
- Zen Bathroom with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Panel
- Urban Modern Galley Kitchen with Small Vertical Wood Slat Wall Partition
- Beige Floor Basement with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Room Divider
- Small Covered Deck with Cedar Board Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Screen
- Enclosed Entrance with Huge Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Trendy Master Bedroom with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Behind the Headboard
- Concrete Floor Entryway with Tiny Vertical Wood Slat Wall
- Combination of a Metal Fireplace with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Surround
A vertical wood slat wall is also known as a slat wall. It features unique structures creating an exciting and contemporary way to define spaces in your room. The best thing is, vertical wood slat walls can be mixed with many decor styles.
Here are some ways to use slatted wood in your rooms:
- To create an entryway. An open concept entryway is good, but for privacy reasons, it isn’t recommended to have the whole house visible from the front door. Vertical wood slat walls come to the rescue. This wall can deliver a safe feeling, create privacy and a sense of surprise.
- To define a hallway. A vertical wood slat wall can be used as a partition, too, breaking up a large space into two smaller rooms with an adjoining hallway. Those separated spaces will benefit from steady light and airflow but at the same time still have a sense of enclosure.
- To replace a banister. A wooden slat wall is a great way to camouflage or even show off the stairs. Slats with wider spacing create a lovely focal point and increase safety at the same time. Wide slats with narrow spaces can be used to hide the stairs.
- To divide one large room. This way, a vertical wood slat wall serves as a screen that separates one large area. A wooden screen gives an exciting texture to both separated areas, creating a Zen-bohemian vibe.
- To create a focal point. Adding a wood slat wall can be an artistic and aesthetic way to make a decorative statement. Wooden slats give beautiful light patterns and shadows.
- To hide a room. If you have a room that you’d prefer to hide, a wooden slat wall can be a solution to create a visual barrier. The slat wall can block the guests’ view from your more personal spaces.
Here are some pictures to show you how to apply the benefits of a vertical wood slat wall into a room:
1. Contemporary Staircase with Dark Brown Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This contemporary room features a super trendy staircase that completes the whole look. The room is completed with wood floor, which is Tatajuba wood, according to the designer. The wood element is prominent in this area. We can see the wood floor, wood door, wood console table, wood stairs, and vertical wood slat wall.
The vertical wood slat wall was installed as a banister. And since the spacing of the slat wall is wide, it’s safe to say that it was not meant to hide the staircase. Instead, the slat wall is installed to enhance the trendy contemporary look of this room. It also creates more safety on the stairs.
The hardwood at the guard makes it free from snaking issues. This slat wall is a shade darker than the whole woods in this room. It creates a nice contrast and a focal point, making it the first noticeable thing when people enter this room.
2. Mid-century Living Room with White Oak Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This mid-century living room looks warm and beautiful in its soft blue color. It is also combined with a medium-tone wood floor to create a more modern look.
We can see here that this is basically one large room that is divided into two smaller rooms. It seems that there are a dining room and family room here. Both are separated by the vertical slat wall.
The slat wall here is clearly only used as a decoration, a screen to give a view to the other room. It is only installed in a small area of the wall, leaving a door-sized opening on one side.
The slat wall itself is made of white oak. The white oak slats are lighter than the floor, so they blend more seamlessly with the soft wall around.
3. Mid-sized 1960s Dining Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Screen
This is a vintage dining room in 1960s style, complete with a multicolored concrete floor that enhances its classic look. The floor is a poured in place terrazzo floor, can be installed over concrete or wood. It is not cheap, but it is lovely and can last forever.
This mid-sized dining room features a vertical wood slat wall as a room divider and a screen. The slat wall is also meant as an accent wall because it looks great when it is shaded, creating an aesthetic look.
The wood used for the slat wall is walnut with a clear satin finish. It mixes harmoniously with the wooden ceiling and the exposed beams. The wood elements in this room deliver a modern look but still maintain the 1960s style, making it a perfect mid-century dining room.
4. Modern Living Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Partition
This is a perfect example of a small modern living room. The beige walls create a contrast with the dark wood floor, black carpet, and a very dark grey sofa. There is a vertical wood slat wall behind the sofa to balance the black and white look in this room.
The slat wall here is used as a partition too because we can see that there is another room behind this small living room.
The narrow space between the slat wall indicates that the other room needs more privacy. Despite its function as a room divider, this medium tone vertical wood slat wall serves as a perfect background for the sofa.
5. Contemporary Living Room with Natural Ash Vertical Wood Slat Wall
What a lovely and cozy living room! This contemporary room features a medium tone wood floor, a ribbon fireplace, a wall-mounted TV, a black and white patterned carpet, gray walls, and a vertical wood slat wall.
The vertical wood slat wall was built with the ribbon fireplace. So the black firebox fireplace looks fantastic, surrounded by a vertical wood slat wall, so does the wall-mounted TV. There are small twin windows on both sides of the TV to accentuate this slat wall.
The wood used in this slat wall is natural ash. The flat panels are roughly 4’-0” wide. Those were fabricated while the ash slats were attached to the panels using z-clips. The panels were installed next to each other while the depth of the slats perfectly conceals the seams.
6. 1950s Family Room with Medium Tone Floor and Dark Tone Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This is another mid-century room that looks nice and cozy with its medium-tone wood floor, a fluffy rug, a couch, an armchair, and a trendy ottoman.
The 1950s look of this family room comes from the natural stone wall that is installed side by side with the vertical wood slat wall. Both are juxtaposed with the glass window walls that give a modern look. The classic and modern combination thus delivers an excellent mid-century style.
The vertical wood slat wall has a dark tone, creates a contrast with a polished medium tone wood floor. The dark tone also gives a modern look. It is obvious that the slat wall here is used as a panel that accentuates the whole room.
7. Wooden Staircase in an Open and L-Shaped Design with a Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This wooden staircase has a unique design. Basically, it is only a usual L-shaped staircase. What makes it different is the vertical wood slat wall that serves as the banister. It makes the whole room look trendy, especially when combined with a natural stone floor like this.
The staircase itself is made of wood, so is the handrail. The slat wall, following the shape of the stairs, creates a perfect L-shaped area. And the designer added a wood console table there.
The slat wall here is also used as a room divider because there is another area behind the wall that shares a similar floor.
This is an excellent idea to apply if you have an open floor plan area with a staircase in the middle of it. You can divide the large room into two. No need for a fully enclosed slat wall to separate the rooms. A simple and small slat wall with narrow spacing like this will do.
8. Minimalist Open Concept Living Room with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Paneling
This minimalist living room looks grand because it has an open concept design. It is also combined with floor-to-ceiling glass windows to make it even brighter and look bigger than it actually is. The dark wood paneling enhances the elegance of this room.
The focal point in this living room is obviously the fireplace. It is basically a standard fireplace; however, it is surrounded by dark bronze metal with a white mantel as a contrast. The metal fireplace is also surrounded by a vertical wood slat wall as a panel wall. The slat wall is continued up to the ceiling, creating a dark yet elegant and cozy look.
The slat wall and the ceiling is a shade darker than the wood floor. The furniture pieces were also carefully picked in soft, neutral, and light colors to balance the whole look.
9. Zen Bathroom with Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Panel
This zen-vibe bathroom has a modern minimalist design that features a freestanding bathtub, mid-sized multicolored tile slate in contemporary style, and open light wood cabinets under a pair of wall-mounted sinks.
The wall here is a vertical wood slat wall that dominates the whole room. It is obvious to see that the wall here is used as a panel. It creates an excellent background and a contrast for the white bathtub. Combined with the creepers, these slat walls indeed give a tranquil and calming effect.
10. Urban Modern Galley Kitchen with Small Vertical Wood Slat Wall Partition
This galley kitchen has a modern urban style with beige porcelain tile floor and beige patterned walls. This kitchen features an open design concept. We can clearly see the comfortable living room with the fireplace right from the kitchen.
In order to create a distinction between the kitchen and the living room, the designer added a vertical wood slat wall. Basically, the slat wall is not only used as a wall partition but is also meant for a banister. The tight space indicates that the staircase behind it is meant to be concealed.
The slat walls are installed on both sides of the staircase to perfectly hide it from the kitchen and the living room. The woods used are similar to the material of the stairs, creating an excellent harmony.
11. Beige Floor Basement with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Room Divider
This modern basement is basically only one large area. However, the homeowners intended to divide it into two rooms.
We can see that this basement has been transformed into a home gym and a living room. The living room and the home gym are separated by a vertical wood slat wall. The slat wall is installed in wide spacing, so one room can clearly view another room through the slats.
The slat wall creates an excellent background for the sofa too. The sofa is in brown leather, so it blends seamlessly with the slats behind it.
Behind the grey chair, actually, there is also another slat as a window treatment. However, these slats are different from wood slats. These ones can rotate to provide full coverage and close out the light like a vertical blind.
Both slats are combined with the beige wall to give a soft and neutral look. Generally, this walkout basement is an ideal example of a 1960s style with a touch of a modern design.
12. Small Covered Deck with Cedar Board Vertical Wood Slat Wall as a Screen
This is a small covered deck in a contemporary style. This deck features an all-wood design, and it is combined with a crisp white table set. This can also be a trendy balcony that opens to a beautiful view of the yard.
There is a vertical wood slat wall that serves as a screen. The deck, railing, and slat are made of cedarwood. However, the deck and the railing are treated with a clear sealer, while the slat or the screen wall remains untreated. This way, the wall will gray over time.
In order to increase the slat’s durability, the designer picked the 5/4 x 8 ones and spaced them about 2 1/2” apart. The spacing is not too wide but not too thin either. It is perfect for letting sunlight come into this covered deck.
13. Enclosed Entrance with Huge Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This is a trendy entrance in an enclosed design. Basically, this can be a foyer too, because there are some steps opening to the other rooms there. This modern enclosed foyer features a dark wood front door that shares similar material with the vertical wood slat wall and concrete floor.
The vertical wood slat wall is not like the other slats you’ve seen before. In fact, these ones are pretty huge and can also be used as louvers. As louvers, these slats can tilt too close. They were custom made for this area.
The slats, as well as the door, create a beautiful contrast with the soft gray wall. Over the slats and the door, there are picture windows that can let the natural light come into the room.
Overall, this one is a pretty and elegant foyer, even though it is small. The glass windows and the dark and light contrast in this room make the room bigger than it actually is.
14. Trendy Master Bedroom with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Behind the Headboard
Who said that vertical wood slat walls are only used in a living room or deck only? This bedroom proves otherwise. This trendy master bedroom features a light wood floor, white walls, gray carpet, and of course, the lovely slat wall behind the headboard.
It is obvious to see that the slat wall is meant to separate the bedroom area with another space behind because the bed is floated right in the middle of the room.
In a floating bed like this, it is important to add an accentuated headboard to make the bed stay grounded. This slat-wall also delivers a perfect background for the bed’s headboard. It blends harmoniously with the light wood floor.
15. Concrete Floor Entryway with Tiny Vertical Wood Slat Wall
This is another entryway with a vertical wood slat wall. Unlike the previous one, this entryway features only a tiny slat wall. It is because the slat wall here is not used as louvers. This slat wall is only used as a screen that also separates one area over another. There is also an identical door plank with the slat wall. Both are made of white oak.
The vertical wood slat wall, along with the door plank, creates a contemporary look when combined with a concrete floor like this. The concrete floor never fails to give a classic look, the 1960s vibe.
This entryway combines concrete with wood, which is a considerably timeless element. That way, it becomes an ideal inspiration for a mid-century entrance.
16. Combination of a Metal Fireplace with Vertical Wood Slat Wall Surround
This contemporary living room with a pop of color features a super trendy metal fireplace. That is basically a standard fireplace, but it is surrounded by metal and vertical wood slat walls. The slat wall only accentuates the fireplace, so it is only installed in the middle of the beige walls.
The walls in this living room area are actually the commonly painted ones in beige color. However, the fireplace wall is meant to be a focal point in this room. That is why the designer decided to add a vertical wood slat wall with a metal attached to it.
The combination gives a trendy look. The metal is in silver color, while the slat wall is in medium tone wood. Both create a lovely contrast in this room. The slat wall here is meant to be a decoration as well as a panel.
From the pictures above, we can see that there are actually many types of woods used for a slat wall. Here are some recommendations of finishes and laminates you can choose to beautify your slat wall:
- Unfinished. The fiberboard panes are raw. They can be displayed as they are, perfect for a country-style, rustic, or farmhouse-style room.
- Paint grade. The woods can be painted to match the room’s decor.
- Melamine. It is also known as LPL (low-pressure laminate). This finish gives a high-end look at an affordable price. Usually, LPL is available in solid colors or wood grain.
- High-pressure laminate. This finish is considered the most resilient and heavy-duty. It comes in a large variety of colors, recommended for you who need a color-specific look.
- Real wood veneer. The boards can be coated with a stain, lacquer, or varnish, or even unfinished. The most common styles are oak, mahogany, cherry, and birch.
So, what are you going to choose for your vertical wood slat walls?