Where to Install Wainscoting Panels in Your Home

When the question of where to put wainscoting panels in the home pops, the mind starts working in a different way. It’s always about which panels to choose, how much to spend, which design is best for your style, and how much wainscoting is enough. And then there are matters concerning space. The most important one is how high ceilings are and so how high wainscoting should go.

But it’s also the matter of how space is distributed in each home. Unless you live in a classic loft, where nothing is hidden except perhaps the bathroom, your home breaks down into smaller spaces. The rooms. And each room will be different in terms of space available, height, utility, and style. Am I trying to give you a headache? Not in a million! We just point out that wainscoting installation is a great idea for every home and each room, but it’s also subject to conditions.

Where should wainscoting panels go?

No doubt of the appeal a raised panel would make in the dining room. But then again who wouldn’t agree that living rooms become far more elegant with such wall panels. And then you move to your home office and realize that wainscoting would bring the required sophistication in that room. But how about the kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom? Don’t they deserve the best wall decorations too? Alex Mouldings offered modern wainscoting designs that can be perfect with your home interior.

So, is a modern wainscoting design a good wall decorative option? The truth is that it is. And here’s why:

  • There are so many wainscoting ideas and designs to fill not one but hundreds of homes. In other words, there are many styles, profiles, and sizes to install in any house and room regardless of home style.
  • Wainscoting walls is a great idea if you want to renovate them and conceal some minor imperfections.
  • But such panels also become excellent wall décor solutions since they would look good with anything you choose to hang but would also stand on their own.
  • And then don’t forget that beadboard or other profiles are not only made of wood. They are also made of PVC and vinyl and thus they are fine solutions for high moisture environments.
  • One more thing. Some panels might have the appearance of wood. Beadboard wainscoting is often white. But no matter which style you choose, you can paint it. And thus your choices are broadened since selecting different colors gives you the chance to play with interior design ideas and shape the style of each room.

Where you can install wainscoting?

Since we established that a raised or flat panel would look good in any home and in every room, let’s take it from there.

  • It goes without saying that wainscoting is actually the best wall design idea. You can put these panels in any wall.
  • But you can also put them on the ceiling. Imagine a coffered ceiling with beadboard. Or, lose the coffered design and just add the panel.
  • And then such panels would fit well on partitions. Room dividers serve to split an open space into smaller utility sections, create private zones, or make room for more family members. And although there are many ways to divide a room (glass panels, plants, bookcases etc.), installing a wall is also an option. And a shaker will make the partition, which already stands out, to stand out even more.
  • Break the rules by installing wainscot as a frame for the fireplace. Why settle with traditional fireplace mantels? You can even extend the panel from the fireplace all the way up to the ceiling.
  • Since wainscots belong to the family of trims, don’t forget about the door and window casing.

When wainscoting becomes too much?

There is no rule of how much wainscoting is actually too much. But one of the main interior design rules is to keep balance in the house and in each room. When you overdo it, it’s overkill. On the other hand, it depends on the size and height of the house and of each room. The smaller the space the easier you should go with wainscoting.

Another common mistake is to install bead board all over the room – walls and ceilings. That’s an exaggeration too. Sometimes, letting a simple chair rail run the wall horizontally and matching it with the crown molding suffices. The secret of succeeding with such efforts is to let wainscoting speak for itself but not yell.