We decided to do the family room because it is a room we use every day and it would maybe serve as inspiration for what we will do with the rest of the house. We decided to panel (yes panel!) the entire room in cedar tongue-in-groove planks. I never thought I would like something like that, but hubs finally talked me into it. We put some up earlier and will do more later.
The planks are about 8 ft. long. The wall in the picture is 12 ft. high. We decided to put up the 8 ft. pieces and then put 4 ft. pieces on the bottom, and we will then put up chair rail where the ends will butt up against one another. Since the ends of our planks aren't tongue-in-groove I didn't see any other alternative that would have looked o.k.
The planks are unfinished and, since I like the color and patina of the wood, I am thinking a matte, non-yellowing poly would be good to finish it with. I will be looking for some inspiration pictures to give you an idea of the direction I am going in with this room.
Wishing everyone a good weekend!