Wainscoting is a great way to restyle your walls and add value to your home
Nothing transforms blah and boring walls faster than wainscoting. Crisp. Clean. Architectural. It's no wonder it's a favorite of designers and homeowners alike.
And for my lifestyle and aesthetic, it's a perfect fit.
From detailing new construction to reinventing tired, outdated rooms, wainscoting has always been my go-to for each and every one of my homes.
And in my current phase three home?
Let's just say it's added a stylish edge to more than one dowdy, over-wallpapered wall.
So if updating or remodeling your home is on your to-do list, wainscoting, and its endless variations, are worth a look.
Here's how it worked with our home's renovation!
A NOT SO FORMAL, FORMAL DINING ROOM
At times, refinishing a dated, more formal dining room with millwork can make it look, well..dated and formal. My challenge? Transforming this 20+ year old, very traditional space into an area that better reflected our style and decor.
So out with the heavy, dark, ceiling-to-floor, patterned walls (Before, above).........and in with a fresh half-wall of off-white wainscoting, accented above with an taupey-gray (After, Feature and below).
THREE AND ONE-HALF
When it came time to remodel our bathrooms, I once again turned to wainscoting to continue the home's fine-causal vibe.
So the dark, ho-hum first floor powder room--yeah, that had to go. Instead, a 3/4 wall of off-white wainscoting and a splash of Ralph Lauren Wallpaper in faux alligator, freshened the look (After, below).
Upstairs, wainscoting was added to both the hall bath (After, below)
And our master bath, (Before, below)
(After, below), to complement the new, airy paper.
The end result? Now our dining area and baths totally blend with our home's updated decor. And have added resale value to our home.
It's amazing what a small amount of moulding and trim can do!
Looking for a bit of wainscoting inspiration of your own?This Old House and Houzzare a great place to start. Also check out all the DIY options available, such as those in Elle Decor, in case you're up for a easy-to-do weekend project.
And of course, don't miss the miles and miles of wainscoting samples featured at Pinterest.