One wainscoting idea is to use beadboard wainscoting with the lines running horizontally in a bathroom or dining room to make a small space look larger. Painting wainscoting a dramatic color is another way to update the old-fashioned feel of traditional wainscoting.
Adjusting the height of wainscoting can add visual interest to a room. For example, using board and batten wainscoting to create a chair rail in any room gives it visual contrast and room to create different textures. Running it from floor to ceiling with trim in the same color lengthens the height of the room. Running it along the ceiling is a clean-looking alternative to other types of textured ceiling finishes.
Many older homes have picture frame wainscoting in the dining room, which is a great idea to use for classical architecture. For a non-traditional idea, offset squares wainscoting and barn door wainscoting add an architectural and artistic paneled wall to any room. Metropolis circles wainscoting uses circular patterns to line the inset of a chair rail. There is also horizontal plank wainscoting, which takes planks and lines them up in staggered rows along a wall. It gives the wall a back splash look similar to subway tile in a kitchen.