Ever heard of Beadboard Wainscoting? Sounds familiar or a phrase picked up from the Latin language? I believe you choose the second option. Well, let me acquaint you to the concept of beadboard wainscoting. It is a type of wood paneling done for the interiors of your home. This is done at the intersection of the wall and the floor. The narrow strips of wood are put together rising at least 3 feet above the floor and has wooden crown molding at the top. The wood molding is called a chair rail. The historical background of this term could be dated back to the 1600s. Wainscoting as a wooden paneling method, came into being in England. It was primarily designed to conceal the damp areas that occurred on the walls.
Why Beadboard Wainscoting?
Beadboard wainscoting is predominantly used in the kitchen, and bathrooms, but if you want your plain and sober living room to get a makeover with wainscoting . . . go ahead, if this reflects your personal style and aura. For a stereotypical design, the paneling is painted white. You could experiment with different colors. Ideas need to be creative and innovative, but by no means, gaudy and distasteful. Some of the wainscoting ideas include playing with colors and its respective shades. The colors should match the bathroom decor, and add sophistication to the room.
Another novel idea to give your walls a playful appearance is to 'play' with the widths of the wooden strips. The wooden strips should vary in their width, and painted in variegated colors. This would lend a dual effect of uniformity, and a distinctive dimension. If the wall panel has become archaic and had dark shades that contributed to the gloom in the room, you could change the color. You could take your pick from warm whites to adorable blues (the lighter shades). To lend a unique feature to your wall, wallpapers of various styles, designs and textures could be employed.
A bathroom design could enhance the look of your bathroom and shower stalls. Vertical grooves of wood panels running across the lower half of the bathroom is a popular style. You could choose to have a small bathroom makeover by resorting to wood paneling, to have the bathroom look classy yet informal. You could experiment with different colors in your bathroom, but ideally they are confined to subtle shades and patterns. The panel could be a shade of white, with a mosaic bathroom flooring, giving an unconventional feel to the bathroom. For a grand looking finish, furnish the bathroom with porcelain tiles and continue with a mosaic pattern into the shower enclosure. In bathrooms, make sure that the wood used is of superior quality. Woods that deliver a rich appeal to the bathroom, need an extremely light coat of paint. Even varnish can do the needful. If the quality of the wood is not adhering to the standards, two to three coats of paint is a must. Beadboard wainscoting is a pattern that could be updated if you put your creative quotient at work. Wainscoting requires you to play with interesting color combinations. You need to keep in mind that the color of the paint and the bathroom fixtures should go together. They should not prove to be a total contrast. If the paneling is a sober shade of white, the fixtures should prove to be a perfect match by appearing subtly glossy.
Beadboard Wainscoting Materials
Plywood is one material that is easy to install. You may have your plywood sheets customized. A loophole in installing plywood sheets, is that plywood sheets are thin-grained compared to wood, making your task of covering the seams or gaps in between the wall and the sheet difficult. Beadboard wainscoting may also be accomplished with PVC material. This material manages to look effortlessly classy. The PVC beadboard installation adapts to spaces that endure a consistent exposure to water. The inclusion thus, makes the space water-resistant. Another material that is used is known as medium density fiberboard. An advantage, is the look of the material; one of that, resembling wood. However, it is not suitable for installation in moisture-dominant areas.
Types of Wainscoting Kits
Beadboard wainscoting kits are primarily of two types. The first kit consists of a chair rail or wooden crown mold, vertical grooves, a baseboard and a base-shoe. The installation of this kit takes a considerable amount of time and is also the most expensive installation kit. The second installation kit has the same elements except that the vertical grooves are made of fine plywood. The use of this material cuts down on the cost and the time consumed for installation. Both the installation kits work well but if asked in terms of appearance, the opinion drifts towards the first installation kit.
So forge ahead, install beadboard wainscoting in your home, and give your style quotient a high. Make a statement by adding a dynamic dimension to your abode.