Wainscoting provides the perfect mix of function and style by adorning the lower half of walls while also protecting the wall from scuffs and smudges. This form of wall paneling started back in 1300s primarily as a way to shield the lower half of plaster walls from damage from things like chairs and boots. Today, they make up an important part of interior design, helping add some warmth and style to a space. Wainscoting is especially great at styling up bare walls that would otherwise look dull and boring.

Traditionally, wainscoting (typically pronounced as Wayne’s-Coating) is made from solid wood panels. But these days, there is so much more variety in materials. You can get it in plastic, plywood or medium fiber board (MDF). For more money per square foot, you can get yourself custom made hardwood wainscoting panels. Other materials used, though less commonly, include stone, tile and acrylic.

PLATE RAIL

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Jeff King & Company

I love the plate rail in this room.

IN THE DETAILS

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Winder Gibson Architects

Nice wainscotting detail in this hallway.

GREIGE DINING

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Lulu Designs

I really like the warm color used to paint this beaded board wainscotting.

FEATURE WALL

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Ann Parris Photography

Love that it features the entire wall.

CURVED AND CLASSIC

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Assyrian Star Construction, Inc.

Beautiful curved area around the table and gorgeous rich dark color.

MASCULINE

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WL Interiors

Very traditional– has a very masculine feel to it.

FRESH & MODERN

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Diane Burgoyne Interiors

Love the square detail in the wainscotting.

PICTURE PERFECT

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Candlelight Homes

Really like the depth of the picture ledge and the extra detail/profile of the molding used.

PRACTICAL

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Gray House Furniture via Chris Kauffman

Great idea for displaying your children’s special art pieces or photos.

RESTFUL RESPITE

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Ashton Woods

The height and color adds warmth without being too dark and the slightly deeper outer pieces give it more detail than the wainscotting you usually see.

Wainscoting Installation

While you can install your own wainscoting during your home renovation if you know your way around with tools, it is always best to hire a contractor to do a perfectly neat wainscoting installation. To save time and money, you can buy pre-made wainscoting panels so that the only work will be installing them onto the wall.

There are numerous styles, colors and patterns to choose from, ensuring that you can find something to match your décor. For instance, you can choose a recessed type of panel, raised panel or shaker panel.

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