I am remodeling the middle room of our earth contact home. This particular wall is 11' tall and 42' long. Originally, it had sheet rock from the floor to 8' high and the remaining 3' was paneling. After replacing the chipboard ceiling with sheet rock, replacing the paneling with sheet rock was the next step. However, after removing the paneling it was found that it wouldn't be that easy. There is a wall cap where the sheet rock ends and 2x6 go on up to the ceiling - 24" centers (and yes, this is a load bearing wall). The wall itself is 2x4's so the 2x6 extend to the outside surface of the sheet rock.
So, anyone have any off the wall ideas to finish this space? One idea was to turn it into shelving/nook space for whatnots and such (not keen on that due to difficulty in dusting), another would be to install decorative panels, or replace the 2x6's with 2x4's on 16" centers and going ahead with the sheet rock. Not completely opposed to this, but started to view this as an opportunity to make lemonade out of lemons and try something a little different.
Any ideas greatly appreciated!