Add Personality and Protection to Your Walls with Wainscoting


Wainscoting is wood paneling that covers the bottom portion of a wall.

If you are searching for a way to spruce up your decor, protect your walls, and maybe even cover up an imperfection or two, then wainscoting may be just the answer you have been looking for. Simply put, wainscoting is wood paneling that covers the bottom portion of a wall. However, nowadays, wainscoting can be found in a variety of materials and finishes, both natural and synthetic, so your possibilities with wainscoting are virtually limitless. Here are the most commonly used types of wainscoting and why they may be perfect for your space.
 
Beadboard

Beadboard wainscoting is where it all began. It is the original form of the craft, and it can still add just as much warmth and coziness to a room as it always could. The beadboard technique uses simple tongue and groove vertical paneling, along with a baseboard at the bottom and a chair rail up top. However, the widths of both the paneling and the grooves can vary greatly, altering the finished look dramatically. Since beadboard emits a casual feel, it is often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and even baby rooms.

Beadboard is the original form of the craft and emits a casual feel.


Raised Panel

Doing a complete 360, raised panel wainscoting will add a dramatic flair and sense of elegance to your space. It usually still has a baseboard and chair rail, like with the beadboard, but what is in between them couldn't be more different. Just like the name suggests, you will find raised rectangle panels of wood that have very distinct beveled edges. Since this look does tend to be more upscale, it is often seen in formal entryways or dining rooms. While the height does vary with all wainscotings, raised panel ones will rarely go above three-and-a-half feet.


Board and batten wainscoting is excellent in craftsman style rooms.

Board and Batten

When you want something a little fancier than beadboard, but not quite as sophisticated as raised panel, you may be satisfied with a little board and batten. Basically, it is a flat wood panel that has vertical, perfectly straight-edged, battens that connect the baseboard and chair rail. With this form of wainscoting you will not find any beveling. All of the edges lack any style, which gives them a style all their own. Board and batten wainscoting is excellent in craftsman style rooms, and can sometimes go up to a height of six feet.

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