Just like mouldings and millwork, wainscoting is a great finishing touch you can add to the home to give it a sophisticated and finished look. Wainscoting consists of a simple tongue-and-groove board at chair rail height, vertical pieces of wood called stiles that reach from the top board to the bottom, a bottom piece of wood called the rail, and a panel between the stiles and rails. Wainscoting got its name from the particular type of oak it was made of, called wainscot. As other types of wood become more readily available, the material that went into creating wainscotting became diverse. Nowadays, there are all sorts of woods and styles that go into creating a sophisticated wainscotting. Here are a few styles that you have to choose from.
There are five prominent styles of panels to choose from. These are the panels that go in the open area between the stiles.
- Raised panel: A raised panel is so named because of the beveled edge of the panel that raises the face to be flush with or extrude out in front of the stiles. This is the oldest style of panel, as it was used in 17th century English homes to create room for insulation. This type of panel looks great in a Colonial or Queen Anne style home.
- Flat panel: Flat panels, rather than being raised, lay flat behind the stiles. This type of panel creates a sense of depth.
- Beadboard: Beadboard panels consist of thin boards that are laid side by side and interlock via a tongue-in-groove method. This style is great for creating some unique visual appeal.
- Overlay: An overlay panel achieves the look of a raised panel by a different method. A flat panel is first installed, then additional panels are inserted to create a raised look, often finished with moulding.
- Board and batten: Board and batten is a simple style of wainscoting that is essentially just flat panels with boards overlaying the seams of the panels. This style is easy to DIY and popular among farmhouse style homes.
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