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How to Incorporate Wainscoting into Your Style of Design

Wainscoting


Wainscoting sees the use of paneling on walls to create a sense of ornamentation in a room, thus making it that much more pleasing to the senses of its occupants. Generally speaking, wainscoting is supposed to start at the base before progressing to about a third of the total height of the room, but it is important to note that different examples of wainscoting can use different design in order to produce different effects. (1) As a result, even if you are not sure whether your home would benefit from some wainscoting or not, you should put some serious time and effort into investigating all of its wonderful possibilities.

What Are the Uses of Wainscoting?

  • First and foremost, wainscoting is meant to create a sense of ornamentation in a room. Although this can seem like an example of excessive spending for no real purpose, it is important to note that ornamentation makes a room seem premium, which in turn, makes its occupants feel premium. This is important because happier people are also healthier as well as more productive people, meaning that the right ornamentation in the right places can produce some surprising benefits for those who see them.
  • On a related note, ornamentation is an excellent method for homeowners to personalize their homes, with wainscoting being no exception to this rule. As a result, an ornamented room can be a more comfortable environment because it is a better fit for the personal preferences of the occupants, which in turn, makes for better living in the long run.
  • With that said, it is important to note that wainscoting has a practical purpose as well in that it protects the wall from impacts that could damage them. In fact, wainscoting started out as an element of Dutch interior design in the 14th century for this precise reason, though it should be noted that accidental jabs and scratches from spurs and scabbards have since been replaced with their modern equivalents. In other words, if you are concerned about accidental damage to your walls, you should consider investing in a set of wainscoting in order to protect them.
  • Finally, it is important to note that while most people think of wooden panels when they think of wainscoting, modern wainscoting can actually come in a wide range of colors as well as a wide range of designs and materials. As a result, it can fit with surprising ease into a wide range of settings, which should come as welcome news to those who are interested but also concerned about how its presence would change the look and feel of their homes.

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How Can You Incorporate Wainscoting into Your Style of Design?

1. Wood is the classic choice of material for wainscoting. Better still, it is an excellent choice as well, partly because it exudes a natural sense of warmth and partly because it can be surprisingly strong and long-lasting so long as it receives the right care and maintenance. Wood is particularly appropriate when it has been painted to emphasize its grain patterns, thereby bringing out its best qualities.

However, it is important to note that there are also materials as well, which might be suited to some settings than wood. For example, plastic is excellent for kitchens, bathroom, and other settings with plenty of moisture because of its moisture-resistance, whereas plywood is particularly well-suited to those who are running on a tight budget.

2. You need to choose the design for your wainscoting based on not just how they look but also how they look when placed side-by-side with the rest of your interior. For example, putting a relatively simple and unadorned set of wainscoting lets it blend into a relatively sparse room, thus providing some tasteful detail without standing out too much in the process.

In contrast, if you choose the most lavish designs possible, you should not be surprised when your wainscoting dominates your room, particularly if they are much higher than the normal one-third of the total height of the room. Simply put, you need to always consider potential complements and contrasts when you change something about your interior design.

3. Before you start installing your wainscoting, you should measure the dimensions of your walls. This is important because all of your panels must be of the same size in order to create the right impression of tasteful elegance, which is only possible if you determine the dimensions of your walls beforehand so that you will not have to hack up individual panels in order to make them fit.

Similarly, you should consider other elements that can be used along with your wainscoting in order to create an impression as well as performance that is better than the sum of their parts. For example, baseboards can provide some extra protection for wainscoting in high-traffic rooms that need them, while molding can be used to smooth the transition from the floor to the start of the wainscoting.

Further Considerations

Once you have decided to add wainscoting to your home, you need to decide how you are going to install it before you actually get to the installation. For example, you could do it on your own, particularly since there are all sorts of resources out there that exist to provide useful information to those who want to install their wainscoting on their own. (3) However, if you are either short on time or just do not want to take the risk of something going wrong because you have insufficient expertise and experience, you need to seek out a contractor to do it for you.

As always, make sure to choose a skilled and reliable contractor that can be proven to be both of those thing by looking through their reviews. Furthermore, make sure to talk to them about what sort of wainscoting you should get for your home because you should not hesitate to make use of their knowledge as professionals. Remember – you should always make your own decisions, but you should never hesitate to get advice from those with advice that is worth listening to.

References:

  1. http://www.jpallarinopainting.com/articles/what-is-wainscoting/?ModPagespeed=noscript
  2. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,20304701,00.html
  3. http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/how-to/intro/0,,20537962,00.html

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