In addition to these contemporary takes on the process, many people are actually restoring the original shiplap that came with older houses.
Horizontal wood paneling is in vogue again, after the unfortunate faux wood-grain varieties that made it less than desirable.
But people are updating the look, using salvaged materials and creamy painted finishes, for a fresh interior surface. For a more sophisticated, traditional, and slightly country aesthetic, smaller tongue and groove panels painted a soft matte white or beige works nicely.
For more modern, rustic flair, large rectilinear oak or pine panels finished with a clear stain seems to be the way to go.
People who love and respect wood have had success using salvaged planks, and refinishing them in unobtrusive ways.
Thanks to all the people who read these pages and especially to the people who left comments and suggestions! Gary The picture above shows the close to finished wall and ceiling paneling for the camper van.
I've described what I did in quite a bit of detail below -- this is not to say that I think this is the ultimate way to go.
It was, in fact, a bit frustrating at times to not be able to quite get where I wanted to, or to be taking a long time to get certain parts done.
The need for tons of artwork is eliminated, and whatever you do choose to hang on your wall is highlighted all the more.
Here are some examples of horizontal paneling used in various environs.