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14 Stylish Wainscoting Ideas


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Whether you wish to disguise some of your home’s quirks or dress up a standard wall, wainscoting is a classic way to add interest to an otherwise boring wall.Wainscoting designs in symmetrical squares, wide panels, or large wall sized frames look stunning when painted in contrasting colors to the wall above. The wainscoting will become the focal point in the room and create visual interest.

Here are a few stylish wainscoting ideas for your home:

14. Embossed wainscoting

Wainscoting with inlayed rectangles next to a white stucco wall looks stunning when painted in dark. You may paint the whole wainscoting in a dark hue or simply highlight the inside of the rectangles in contrasting color to highlight the design and add depth.

Add a splash of color to the rectangles within while leaving the outer rectangle white. Use a patterned wallpaper on the blank wall above the wainscoting to give the entire setting a great look and add instant personality to the room.

13. Colorful wainscoting

Who says wainscoting has to be only white or pale neutral? Go wild with color to brighten any space and add a classic touch to the room. Why leave the wall of the stairs empty when you can add contrast colored wainscoting to it? Painting the wainscoting will add beauty to the decor. If you want to keep the wainscoting simple, color the wall above in the same shade and then add accents in dark primary colors to create a sophisticated look.

12. Stripped wainscoting

Stripped wainscoting looks great whether painted or not. You may paint the wall above the wainscoting in vertical or horizontal stripsto complement the wainscot design! Leaving the wainscoting white or painting it in a peaceful color and splashing a darker color over the wall above will add interest. The strips look lovely, giving the room instant personality.