Question: We just bought a house with a beautiful paneled room, but to be honest, it is just too dark for us. Do you think it is sinful to paint the paneling?
Phoebe's Answer: The house is now yours and it should be how you want it. If you want the paneling painted, I'd say go for it. We have designed many painted paneled rooms, and we have also painted over pre-existing paneling. You'll want to use a skilled painter, and I'd recommend a semi-gloss finish for your paint (high-gloss takes a very experienced professional). We often use a decorative painter when painting paneling. Click here and here for more about paneled rooms. Below are some painted paneled rooms we have done: