The Ultimate Guide to Wainscoting:
25+ Stylish Wainscoting Ideas
Wainscoting is a classic way to add texture and interest to the walls of any room. Deciding what style and height of wainscoting, however, can be as tricky as choosing the color of paint! We've rounded up nearly 40 stylish wainscoting ideas that we've shown here on Remodelaholic to help you decide what look is best for your home.
Wainscoting can be used for many different reasons. Most commonly, wainscoting is used to add interest and texture, even without adding color, such as this full paneled wall, shared with us by Decor Chick:
Adding a little extra wainscoting can help dress up a standard chair rail and make it an architectural feature:
shared by My Cottage Charm
Wainscoting helps enhance the structure and design of the room. Merely by splitting the wall into two sections and giving the eye a line to follow, wainscoting helps the room feel bigger. Molding and wall treatments can also help a tall space feel fitting instead of echoey-large, such as this tall 7-foot wainscoting in this extra-tall 14-foot entryway, shared by Design Dump.
Wainscoting can also be a wonderful solution to disguising some of your home's quirks, such as oddly placed utility access points. The Modern Parsonage shared how they hid their plumbing access by dressing it up to match the wainscoting.
Taller wainscoting with a ledge on top provides a great place to add decor, especially if you intend to switch it out frequently.
And styles? There are so many different styles of wainscoting!
Beadboard is a wonderful wainscot material because it is quick to install and doesn't require as much of the measuring and math as many of the other styles of wainscoting do.
And The Reformed Ranch installed a tall beadboard wainscot in a farmhouse dining room.
You can also add a ledge to beadboard wainscoting like we did in our Logan House bathroom
or install the beadboard horizontally like we did in the half bath that we added to our Logan House.