While talking with my builder about the interior walls, he suggested smoothly finished boards from his mill, lightly stained and preserved. A slightly glossy look will make cleaning easy he noted.
I, on the other hand, lean towards something more rustic. I asked about rough cut boards but he said cleaning would prove impossible. Sat at a "log cabin" steakhouse last week and admired their hand hewn log walls and chinking. Of course it wasn't a log building, but it looked good too.
I'm trying to avoid a refined, finished, or smooth look, in favor of a rougher, more rustic flavor. Something that asks for a bearskin or pair of snowshoes on the wall. Any ideas on wall options for the main room of a hunters cabin? Has anyone used rough cut boards horizontally arranged? When stained light brown and preserved, are they impossible to clean? Must walls even be cleaned regularly? I've had 4 houses and never washed a wall once.