Pine

Photo: Kelly Baron Designs

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For years, the mere mention of knotty pine paneling—with its smattering of dark, ringed eyes—has caused decorators everywhere to lunge for a gallon of paint. No more, says Schmitz, who's seen Houzz users start sharing images of ceilings and walls showcasing the speckled panels au naturel. It's part of a larger movement toward adding light wood-grain anything—from a carved coffee table to trompe l'oeil tiles—to the home, and surrounding it with white and cream accents to keep it from feeling like the Brawny paper-towel mascot's man cave. "It could be white trim, or painting the bricks on a fireplace white—anything that lets the room breathe," Schmitz says.