Courteney Cox’s Malibu dining room is a fresh take on wall paneling – and experts approve of this timeless trend

The dining room of Courteney Cox's Malibu home serves a minimalist approach to wood wall paneling

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Courtney Cox has given us a preview into the dining room of her rustic Malibu home, which channels a minimalist approach to wood wall paneling ideas

The post which Cox shared via Instagram over the weekend, is a light-hearted video that references her former Friends character Monica Geller, and we were able to catch a glimpse into the actress’s stylish dining room, which has been recently renovated.

The dining room presents an overall earthy aesthetic, featuring lots of natural wooden materials to promote an organic feel. Whilst the choice of furniture certainly nods to a farmhouse decor aesthetic, Cox has offset this with more sleek and minimal elements, the standout being the floor-to-ceiling wood paneling that is integrated seamlessly across the wall and door, much like her clean minimalist kitchen

Besides its aesthetic appeal, opting for wood-paneled walls in the home has a range of other benefits, too. Wood is a natural insulator and so it aids with heat regulation, allowing your home to feel cool during the summertime whilst optimizing warmth during the colder months. In addition, it is known for improving acoustics in the home, as well as being a highly durable choice of material.

To ensure the use of wood in the home does not overpower a room, make sure to offset it with other contrasting natural materials, such as stone flooring as seen in Cox’s home which creates balance whilst maintaining the room's organic aesthetic. 

‘Wood paneling is a timeless design feature that remains a popular choice in the world of interior design,’ explains Jennifer Ebert, deputy editor at Homes & Gardens.

‘The natural properties of wood create a textured look that promotes an earthy feel to the home, whilst it is prized for its durable qualities. In Cox's home, the wood paneling has been integrated seamlessly for an unfussy and minimalist appearance that ensures the space feels contemporary.'

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Paint & Color Editor

Emily is H&G's Paint & Color Editor, covering all things color across interior design and home decor. She joined the team in the summer of 2023, having studied Fashion Communication at university before working in various creative roles ahead of making the leap into interiors. She lives in Glasgow where she loves admiring the city's architecture, frequenting her favorite coffee spots, and sourcing vintage furniture for her tenement apartment. Emily's interior style is inspired by the simplicity of midcentury design, mixed with more playful modern pieces that inject small (but bold) doses of color.