If you are searching for ideas that can completely change up the appearance of a room, wainscoting is an oldie but a goodie. It is basically a special wall treatment that normally goes around one third of the way up, breaking up the wall into two sections. Traditional wainscoting used raised panels, and back in the Colonial Days it provided interior insulation over stone walls and made the room more cozy.
Nowadays, wainscot doesn’t have to be made of wood. You can use tile, paint or wallpaper with a horizontal trim to supply a similar look that separates a wall into two uneven but unique sections.
It’s interesting that it can give a rich, ornate look when it many times used for the purposes described in the following post:
All About Wainscoting | This Old House
A combination of decorative boards or panels and moldings that extend partway up a wall’s face, wainscoting is a centuries-old marriage of form and style. Dating to the 1300s, the Dutch used it to shield the bottom half of plaster walls from such hazards as jostled chairs, spurs on riding boots, perhaps even carelessly swung scabbards. Wainscoting still guards our walls, but today it’s from dirt-caked gardening shoes in mudrooms, olive-oil fingerprints in kitchens, and the inevitable scuffs in the close quarters along hallways and stairways.
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Installing your own traditional wainscoting may seem a bit daunting, especially if you don’t have the proper equipment to do the job. In that case, you might want to consult with a contractor to help you accomplish this task. However, if you have a miter saw, a table saw, and a nail gun, the job is definitely something an intermediate level do-it-yourself type can manage.
The top horizontal trim piece is called the chair rail, which refers to its ability to keep chairs from scuffing up the wall. After installing the bottom and top rails, stiles, molding, and finally the chair rail, the finishing touch is painting. As you can see from the video, the final product is elegant:
Beadboard is popular with wainscoting because it is easy to install and paint, it is fairly inexpensive, and it provides a vertical contrast. This product can be purchased in numerous styles and materials, as it was originally wood but now there are options such as fiberboard or PVC.
The following is a list of all the materials you will need for a traditional wainscoting project:
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- Tools and Materials:
- baseboard with a rebate (notch) on the back side
- tongue and groove beadboard
- chair rail
- nail gun and nails
- construction adhesive
- circular saw and miter saw
- roller and paintbrush
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Instead of beadboard, you can use different types of panels to create an exclusive look. Along with the traditional raised panels, there are flat panels, overlay panels, and board and batten, to name a few.
Other ideas for wainscoting to administer the look of separation are installing ceramic tile on the lower area and then painting the upper area a complementary color. Just above the tile, in place of the chair rail, you can use a different ceramic accent trim for the horizontal line.
You can also use wallpaper on the lower section with a stained wood trim piece for the horizontal boundary. Other alternatives are embossed metal tiles or embossed drywall. Being creative with your wainscoting technique is what will bring a unique look to your home.