Wood paneling on interior walls is a good way to reduce plaster work, add contrast and warmth, and hide any irregular earthbag walls. Image above shows rustic wainscoting from Design the Space.
Just a few of many possible options:
– use recycled wood, possibly resawn to expose fresh wood
– mill your own wood from logging waste, tree trimming businesses, etc.
– use woods with decorative grain such as beetle kill or spalted maple (may be available at lower cost)
– create diagonal patterns
– incorporate colorful twigs and branches
– make custom trim with a router table
– make raised panels on a table saw
– buy paneling or plywood to speed the work
– wire wheel soft grain wood such as cedar to create an interesting rustic texture and/or rub in a background stain for special effect)
You can expand the range of options by making or buying special trim. The image above shows a sampling of decorative wainscot trim from The Blue Ox Mill.