The main focus of this room are the dark wooden panels and framed picture, but the lighter wooden slats complement the panels and prevent the ceiling from being too bright and distracting from the focus point.
The urban loft would excel with this natural-looking wooden wall. Planted beside a living wall, its thin wooden panels match dangling oblong lights and fuschias. See more of this scintillating design here.
Sometimes you can work with what you have. In this room the wall is slightly curved, so the designer chose to highlight this by partially covering the wall with dark wood slats, and letting the wooden panels lead the eye to the gentle curve of the wall.