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Beadboard Paneling in Bathrooms

Smita Pandit Jan 5, 2019
Though beadboard wainscoting is commonly used in traditional cottage-style bathrooms, it can look good in both traditional and modern bathrooms. Here is some information on this type of paneling.
If you want the walls of your bathroom to exude a rustic look, install beadboard wainscoting. If you are living in a cottage-style home, this type of paneling will surely provide the charm or rustic appeal that sets this style of architecture from other architectural styles.
This type of wall treatment surely blends in well with interiors of cottages or homes constructed according to traditional architectural designs.
The defining characteristic of these panels is their vertical line pattern, with a recessed strip or indentation called a bead between the vertical strips. This paneling design is increasingly being used to give a rich look to halls, bathrooms, and kitchens.

Why Use Beadboard Wainscoting in the Bathroom

This type has been used for lending visual interest to walls. It became very popular in the late 19th century. In this wall treatment, the panels are installed vertically in the bottom half of the wall. The purpose of installing these wall panels at the chair rail height was to prevent the damage to the walls due to chairs or furniture scraping against them.

Ideas for Using Beadboard Panels in the Bathrooms

If you have ever been to a cottage style home, you would have seen bathroom wall paneling with decorative wooden molding. The molding can be seen on the top of the panels or panels at the chair rail height.
Another feature in such bathrooms is the wooden baseboard moldings. Though most people have the panels painted in shades of white or cream, you could try other vibrant shades. However, make sure that the color blends well with other elements of bathroom design. You could buy the natural wood panels or panels that are pre-primed in white.
You could also use faux painting techniques to simulate the look of hardwoods such as cherry, maple, etc. If you are planning to have the wooden panels painted or stained, make sure that you select the colors carefully. These panels can certainly provide a wholesome look and enhance the bathroom decor.
The panels can be made from natural wood, plywood, or medium-density fiberboard. If you want a rich look, select wood with rich wood grain characteristics. Just a slight coating of varnish or very light wood staining will be enough to add visual appeal to good quality planks.
For a cheaper alternative, buy the less expensive pre-finished beadboard sheets. These will have to be painted. Apply a gloss paint to impart a sheen to the panels. For the installation, get the tongue-and-groove paneling system or use the sheets. The effort and the material cost for installing the tongue-and-groove boards is more than that of sheets.
The installation task involves cutting the sheets to size and installing them as per the desirable height. Remove bathroom vanities before installation and fit them back after the installation of sheets or boards. If you have good woodworking skills, install them on your own, otherwise, leave the job of installing these panels to professionals.
Dressing up the plain bathroom walls with these panels will surely give your bathroom a nice makeover. You will be surprised at the difference this type of wainscoting can make to your bathroom. So, spruce up the walls with this paneling design soon!