I've been looking at pictures of wide wood paneling on Pinterest, and I am getting excited for what the kitchen walls will eventually look like.
We do plan to paint it white, which feels clean and bright. I especially love the contrast of the white paneling and stained wood beams in the last image, as we'll have some of that going on in the kitchen too.
White wood paneling seems to be a trend right now, but that doesn't particularly concern me. Our house is kind of unique, so I think it is exempt from certain kinds of judgments about what's popular. At a certain point you just have to go with what works, trendy or not.