3 Wainscoting Styles to Enhance Your Home

Wainscoting used to help insulate walls and protect them from scuffs, but these days they’re purely decorative. (DepositPhotos)

Wainscoting, the decorative wood paneling often seen on the lower half of a room’s walls, comes in many styles.

Here are three of them to inspire your room’s design!

Beadboard wainscoting gives this dining room a boost of sophistication and old-world charm.

1. Beadboard Wainscoting

Want to dress up or add an accent to any room? Use beadboard planks as wainscoting!

The distinguishing features of this wood paneling (which is often installed vertically) are its evenly spaced grooves.

Beadboard planks are available prepainted and prefinished, so all of you have to do is install them.

Related: Watch “DIY WAINSCOTING WITH BEADBOARD PLANKS” to get the look!

Board and batten wainscoting (properly caulked and painted) can transform a small room’s walls for as little as $50.

2. Board & Batten

Board and batten paneling features alternating wide boards with narrow wood strips in between them.

While the boards are often placed vertically, you can place them horizontally for a different look.

Either way, this style will add detail and texture to a room’s walls.

Related: Watch “QUICK & EASY DIY BOARD & BATTEN” get the look!

Want an affordable alternative to wood paneling? Fake it with picture frames.

3. Picture Frame

One of the easiest do-it-yourself approaches to wainscoting is to use picture frames as molding panels.

Simply adhere the frames to the lower half of the wall with construction adhesive, and nail them into the wall. Later, paint the wall’s lower half to match the frames’ color, and add a chair rail for instant paneling!

Related: Watch our “DINING ROOM REDO”episode to learn more about this project.


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