For the paneling and built in bookcases I knew I wanted the room to have a more relaxed and less formal feel, which I felt respected the farmhouse architecture of the house. So I chose a quarter sawn oak with beautiful and consistent graining. Here is the oak paneling in its raw and unfinished state. It was a great experience and process to work with Artisan Builders on the design.
I worked closely with the finisher to achieve a lighter color for the stain. I did not want the room to become too dark or masculine. I also wanted it to coordinate with the reclaimed wood mantle in the adjacent living room as well as the field stone walls and rustic beams on the other side of the house. Creating a connection and consistency between both sides. The junction boxes for the wall sconces and picture lights have yet to be installed.