What the Heck is Wainscoting?

I’ve been living (and loving) the “Vintage Wine” by Benjamin Moore wall colour in my living room for the past 3 or so years now but we did a major kitchen facelift and with an open concept floor plan the dark smokey purple color on the adjacent walls was just too heavy.

I really wanted to paint the whole living room a cool white as we have tons of natural light coming through the windows and I have a ton of very colorful accents (can you believe that!!) But, my husband felt like plain white walls reminded him too much of his 80’s era apartment dwellings. Come on, really? I tried to convince him that it’s all in the design of the rest of the room and showed him multiple examples on my Pinterest boards but he just wansn’t buyin’ what I was sellin’.

Ok then, how about white with a little textural interest?! I showed him some pictures of wainscoting and he began to listen. Now, there are a few different types of wainscoting and they tend to work well with distinct design schemes so bear with me while I explain.

First up: Beadboard – Beadboard is a type of wainscoting made up of rows of vertical boards. It can be any height but typically comes about 1/3 of the way up the wall. It can be also be painted in any colour but it is commonly white. It lends itself well to country cottage looks as seen here:

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But it can also be used in more contemporary design schemes with success as seen in this bedroom below.

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#2. Picture Frame Wainscoting – This type of paneling works best with more traditional architecture and design schemes.

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But again, here’s to breaking the rules! And for the record I am in LOVE with this next room. I’m drooling right here behind this screen! (Ok, maybe not the teeny rug styling with the vases but the rest of it!)

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Last but not least and my definite favourite at the moment: Board and Batten – this type of decorative moulding best serves contemporary design