By Janet Myers | July 16, 2018

How to Design with Wainscoting in Your Home Remodel

Wainscoting, a traditional half-wall paneling, is a style that comes in all shapes and sizes. With so many options, wainscoting is a beautiful design element you can incorporate throughout your whole house. 

Designing with Wainscoting

Here are a few of our favorite ideas. 

Raised Panel

raised panel 

Raised panel wainscoting is the most popular type of wainscoting and goes back all the way to colonial days. It involves a panel that has beveled edges, creating a subtle yet defined line. Typically, this type of wainscoting is between 30 to 40 inches off the ground. It's a popular choice for bathrooms as a striking design element or in hallways as a transition between rooms. For a truly unique vibe, use it to decorate the wall of a staircase.

Flat Panel

traditional powder room
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Flat panel wainscoting looks amazing in kitchens, as it provides a clean look (especially when done in white and paired with a dark gray wall). The panels start at the baseboard and continue up with a bottom rail, stiles, and panels. Use flat panel wainscoting any time you want a simple yet refined look, such as in a powder room off your main living area.



For a look that's a little more subtle, try beadboard wainscoting. It's a great place to use in rooms where you want to evoke a more farmhouse style. Add some to your laundry room in soft, cool colors for a space that feels and looks clean.


overlay panel

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Overlay wainscoting looks similar to raised panel wainscoting, but it is constructed differently. Because panels are simply laid on top of the existing wall, it lets you create unique patterns with elaborate designs. This approach is great for homes that are searching for a more regal vibe, especially if you want a Neoclassical look. Use it for living areas or your den or office to create a sophisticated feel.

Board and Batten

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Board and batten wainscoting might remind you of wood paneling, as it's long panel strips that are installed vertically for a chic appearance. Because of the vertical installation, board and batten wainscoting is usually at least 4 feet high, however, it can sometimes be as high as 6 feet. It's a good choice for truly grand rooms that need a standout element, such as living rooms, dining rooms, or entryways.

Of course, you don't have to choose just one style of wainscoting for your home. A popular new approach is combining styles for a truly unique feel.

Finding the Right Look for Your Remodel

Whatever you decide, feel free to play around with arrangements until you find something that's right for you. For more help on your design journey, contact David Gray Design Studios today for a consultation: (904) 224-5971.

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