25+ Stylish Wainscoting Ideas

25+ Stylish Wainscoting Ideas

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! Weve rounded up nearly 40 stylish wainscoting ideas that weve shown here on Remodelaholic to help you decide what look is best for your home.

25+ Fabulous Wainscoting Ideas

The Ultimate Guide to Wainscoting:

25+ Stylish Wainscoting Ideas

Why Wainscoting?

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.  Adding a little extra wainscoting can help dress up a standard chair rail and make it an architectural feature :

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,

Wainscoting can also be a wonderful solution to disguising some of your homes quirks. such as oddly placed utility access points.   See how one reader 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 Wainscot

Beadboard 48 sheets is a wonderful wainscot material because it is quick to install and doesnt require as much of the measuring and math as many of the other styles of wainscoting do.  You can see some fabulous examples of  beadboard wainscoting in thishalf bath remodel.  or this lovely farmhouse dining room .

You can also add a ledge to beadboard wainscoting like we did in our Logan House bathroom, to give a great added bit of interest.   And dont forget to consider installing the beadboard horizontally like we did in the half bath that we added to our Logan House it is such a fun way to get an updated look with beadboard.  Dont overlook the power of paint.  For example, see how much drama is added just by painting this beadboard black like in this modern powder room :

Board and Batten Wainscoting

Justin and I have used board and batten in most of our homes. You can alter the height to fit your style and the room, and choose an installation method to fit your budget, time, and skill level.  Board and batten can be chair-rail height (about 4 feet, typically), like in this tutorial ,  or taller like Superwoman  Brittany shared with us in her living room remodel. or like Justin and I installed in our Logan House master bedroom.  Or heck, you can keep it going full height. right up to the ceiling, like we have done in our current house. (I wrote up detailed spacing  and installation  tutorials for your building pleasure.

25+ Stylish Wainscoting Ideas

You can also split up the board and batten style to make a paneled wall with stacked squares like these $50 faux board and batten   or this dining room stacked square wainscoting.    And board and batten is a great wainscoting style for stairs and stair walls so long as youre willing to do some angular math!

Picture Frame Wainscoting

Picture frame style wainscoting is another popular style, especially in older homes where you need more classic styles to match the architecture.  I love this true raised panel wainscoting tutorial .  But if that seems like to much work  you can create a faux picture frame wainscot  or like this one .

Dont forget like I mentioned before, you can also change things up and have two-tone picture frame molding   with just a little bit of paint, it is a whole different look.  Or add a little extra texture to the picture frames by using paintable textured wallpaper to look like carved wainscot .  Or you could follow this great tutorial and have a wainscoting that mixes the styles of picture frame with the thicker boards like board and batten.

Non-Traditional Wainscoting Ideas

If youre looking for a wainscoting that will add architectural interest AND oomph, there are plenty of non-traditional and unique wainscot styles that will set your home apart from builder grade. Try one of these, offset squares wainscoting  

and one of my favorites

Wainscoting for Every Room!

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