Wainscot paneling is made generally from hardwood. It is somehow similar to marble or some type of precious wood, materials that once dressed in full or partial the interior walls of a house.
Wainscot paneling have been accessories in fashion until the 50s of the last century when their popularity has been drastically reduced because of the emerging modernist concepts in interior design. However, not all have given up on their charm, so from a sympathy well kept awake, half of century in America has revived this style, which is again a crucial element in the interior design and in the homeowner preferences.
More than that, lately, multi-coloured designs have appeared along with white paneling, which have a totally different look from the classical one. In fact, they are more suitable for a contemporary interior. Basically, coloured panels provide a better protection against mould and can be solve visual imperfections such as stains, holes or scratches that are more obvious on the lower side of the walls.
However, the question remains: What Rooms of Your Home Are More Suitable for Wainscoting?
The Lobby or the Home Entrance
The lobby at the entrance of the house is the first impression of someone who visits your home and that reveals the taste and your personality. In general the best is to avoid dark colours in favor of pastel and to pay attention to finishing.
In some cases wainscot paneling are not preferred because their installation will significantly narrow the halls. However, if the space allows you to use this ornament, choose a model discreet and elegant.
For a rustic or country look, cover the lower half of the walls with white wainscoting.
Wainscot on Stairs
Wainscot never misses from American and Canadian homes with upper floor and staircase. In fact, this combination of elements is even an emblematic image of American home.
Wainscot Paneling in the Kitchen
You can install wainscoting in the kitchen only if you have hardwood floor and no tiles. The best is to avoid installing paneling in kitchens, with tiled floors. Instead, it would be much better a tile wall, which can create a pleasant design.
However, if you have a hardwood floor, you can wainscot the kitchen wall halfway, or even up to the top. A paneled to the top wall provides a comfortable, cozy sensation, like a wooden house.
Wainscot is an economical solution but also practical, easy to maintain and resistant to moisture.
Wainscot Paneling for the Living Room
To adapt perfectly the wainscot paneling to your living room you should take into account the room size and the chromatic of the other objects.
The safest way is the matching of wainscot with diverse furniture pieces such as sofa, chairs, shelves; complex color schemes, requiring however, the opinion of a interior designer. Do not resort to the floor-to-ceiling paneling, because such a measure would not be in any case, the wise one. The moisture in the living room does not compare with the bathroom or kitchen humidity.
Wainscot Paneling in the Bathroom
Paneling is a traditional and elegant alternative to tiles, but not every material is suitable for the more bathroom specific conditions. It is wise to seek expert advice to make the best choice.
However, the effect is phenomenal. Wainscot generally has a “heating” effect in this room, where cold materials predominate.
Wainscot Paneling in the Nursery
The little ones will remain most likely, indifferent to the wainscot paneling in their play room, but parents. It is appreciated the way it looks and the fact that is much easier to clean traces of pencil or watercolors on a paneled wall than on the painted wall. Your home walls will definitely be more clean.