Whether you’re renovating or redecorating your home, one thing should always be at the back of your mind: function versus form. The introduction of wainscoting using oak panelling has always served to both insulate a space and protect bare walls from unnecessary wear and tear. These days, the use of wainscoting has evolved to not only provide warmth to both the exterior and interior of homes, its also very much a decorative trend that’s continuously adapting to our way of life.

Let’s take a look at what you can achieve with the right use of wainscoting:

Although the wainscoting technique has very much become a decorative feature, you can still take advantage of its initial purpose. Cladding your home exterior in vertical metal wainscoting gives the illusion of added height as well as provide added insulation against the cold.

The most common material used for wainscoting is wood panels, but there are plenty of other materials you can use to create a stunning showcase. Cut pieces of stone form a natural feature that would normally only be seen on the exterior of houses. Its rough texture and earthy colour lends both a rustic and solid feel to any part of your home.

Flat &Raised Panel Wainscoting

Flat panel wainscoting is revered for its simplicity. As a decorative wall cover, it portrays a subtle hint of depth that’s perfect for any design concept. Due to its popularity, flat panel wainscoting is also a welcomed addition to cabinets and drawers as well as both interior and exterior doors.

Raised wainscoting panels is the most traditional style; dating back to the Colonial days. Its use and function throughout the years have also followed a gradual change to suit the taste of each new generation. Here, you can see that it has been adapted to the cabinets and doors to create a simple yet elegant effect that pairs perfectly with a polished marble counter and soft lighting.

Beadboard Wainscoting

Beadboard wainscoting is very affordable and easy to install. Its subtly rounded edges are placed closely side by side and instantly provides any space with a laid-back atmosphere. Although this home chose to have it from floor to ceiling, you can always choose to have it at any other height.

More Wainscoting Ideas

It’s always good to keep in mind that the colour theme of your home is not restricted to natural or pastel tones. There are plenty of wonderful colours available for wainscoting: from blue to pink and even custom-made patterned wainscoting. If you’re not feeling as adventurous as all that, you can still consider a feature wall instead.

These days, it’s pretty easy to find porcelain tiles that mimic the grains of wooden panels. Not only does it provide a natural feel to the interior of your home, it’s also a great wainscoting choice as it can be used in any space and is also easy to clean and maintain.

In case you were wondering to what extent you can utilise wainscoting in your home, here’s another example of metal wainscoting that’s applied to the ceiling. Although ceiling wainscoting can also serve the function of an insulator, it is more commonly installed as a decorative piece. Custom detailed patterns are the way to go for that polished and interesting eye catcher.

Have a curved wall? No problem. When it comes to wainscoting, this concept is as hardy as it is versatile. There are many choices available other than tiles, and every single one is both appealing and made to last. Now you wont have to stick to just paint or wallpaper the next time you choose to renovate your home.

Using wider wooden boards lends an expansive feel to any interior. Individual boards are usually set side by side and can be used for entire walls and even ceilings. Not only does it provide a cosy and structured setting, it’s also easy to install and versatile depending on where you use it.

As seen from the examples above, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any fault with the concept of wainscoting. The next time you decide to upgrade your home, you should definitely consider this wonderful option and its many merits.