What are the best ideas for wainscoting ?


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There are many wainscoting ideas, like installing beadboard wainscoting in bathrooms or dining rooms. Install beadboard horizontally to create length in a room or paint wainscoting a color that contrasts with the main color on the rest of the wall, such as black wainscoting on cream walls.

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One idea for installing wainscoting is to play with different heights. For example, a classic wainscoting height is the chair rail height of about 4 feet, while wainscoting that is 5 to 6 feet tall can create visual interest in a bedroom or a mudroom. It is also possible to install wainscoting that fits the entire height of the wall with wider panels to balance the look.

A great way to create a unique design with wainscoting is to play with shapes, such as picture frame squares, circles or various rectangular shapes. For example, install a rectangular insert in the wainscoting panel under a window that is the same length as the window sill. Play with interlocking circle shapes inside a panel for a nonlinear look, or offset squares for a sophisticated and modern look. Add visual interest to picture frame squares with a textured wallpaper insert. There are also classic designs, such as barn door wainscoting or striped wallpaper panels.

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