Wainscoting is not just the new thing to do to take your walls from sad to fab. Although they certainly do so.
This type of application of a decorative wood paneling has been around since the 16th century in England.
At that time, wainscoting was installed onto stone walls in order to keep the rooms warmer and dry. Through the 18th and 19th century, wainscoting became a more casual application and could be found in homes everywhere, including cottages. It was the ‘fad’.
Originally wainscoting was only 42-58 inches high, but as the 1900’s came about, wainscoting grew as tall as 60-72 inches high. I guess the more wall coverage, the warmer their homes were!
Now that we know that wainscoting has been around for centuries, lets take a look at what modern day wainscoting looks like…
Or you can do the 3/4 wall…
Or you can do the entire wall…
That last photo seems as though it would be considered as the 1/3 wall since the white section stops there, but that grey decorative trim continues to the ceiling so it is still considered wainscoting. Fun fact!
Or you can do a combination of two!
There are certain things that you can customize when it comes to wainscoting of course. Not just the height, but you can choose which thickness of trim, to add lots of detail, put a moulding ontop, make it a bead-board detail, paint the wainscoting an accent colour, and more! The possibilities with this detail are fun to experiment!
Wainscoting is a detail that looks so elegant that you don’t want to ‘overdo’ it either. The best places to add wainscoting are the dining room (to protect the walls from chairs backing into them), the hallway (to give it some interest), and the bedroom (to add some class). Choose your room wisely!
That is all the time we have for today Edgers! I hope you have learned a thing or two about wainscoting!
Until next time,