Wainscot features are something that makes a room look aesthetically appealing because they can add texture and charm to anywhere in a house. The beadboard paneling is one of the most popular wainscot forms that has created its own admirers. It’s typically associated with traditional spaces, but the modern interior designers have found its place in all kinds of settings – contemporary, Nordic, cottage, and more.
Whether you have planned to incorporate the design element with some eye-catching elements or let it stand on its own, check out these 5 ingenious ways of using it into your home:
Keep everything neat and clean.
Crisp interiors featuring beadboard wainscoting in white is what you want to create an open, airy feeling. The trick is highly effective if you want to shed the claustrophobic feeling of a small space.The presence of high ceiling will enhance that exposed feel while the use of a mix of horizontal and vertical panels will make the room feel cozier besides adding visual interest.
The white panels are a popular choice for bathrooms and kitchens. However, it’s not surprising to see them in living rooms too. You can bring in some black, gray, and other contrasting colors to offset the stark presence of the white shade.
Create contrasting effects through patterns.
Beadboard itself features subtle patterns, but you can add more through the incorporation of patterned wallpaper or tiled surfaces. The marbled paper or a combination of black and white tiles will give a place an elegant vintage style elegance. You can also throw an ornate mirror or a couple of artwork pieces in the mix to make the interior of the whole room look more interesting and refreshing to the eye.
On the other hand, you can altogether discard the idea of playing subtle and combine the architectural feature with playful wallpaper or whimsical mural. Upholstered furnishings or accessories decorated with printed fabrics are also great options to be juxtaposed with it. Keep the paneling in the backdrop to highlight the vibrant patterns and textiles.
Apply on a small scale.
Its impact will be huge if you can combine with the right accessories and décor props such as bold paint and rich accents. It will work if you use those panels only on the sideboards of the kitchen island and a few other spots.
Use aqua blue, ocean green, or sunny yellow on the panels and balance with lively wooden color trims and strategic use of colorful accents. Juxtapose the arrangement with gray, off white, or a neutral wall paint to create a contemporary statement that will surprisingly feel classic too. Some people prefer to use black or a similar dark tone for creating a bold contrast. You can do it if the room is mostly white. Otherwise, be careful with the application of dark shades.
Or spread it through the entire room.
Many people won’t like the idea thinking that it will look busy and overbear a place. It’s mentioned earlier that beadboard in white or neutral shade creates only a subtle impact. So, if you want to cover all the walls and ceiling of a room with these beautiful panels, paint them in a soft color to avoid the cluttered look.
Nonetheless, the incorporation of a few surprising elements will save the place from being monotonous and predictable.Some unexpected touches such as one or two pieces of sculptural furniture and a cute pendant light or wall mount fixtures could be the icing on the cake.
Use of wood color for a unique look.
We are accustomed to seeing beadboards in either white or other colors. Few of us think of giving it a polishing with wood accents. But, it will really add a dash of unexpected style in a place that is in need of a desperate makeover. You can shake things up by using thin or wide panels in a horizontal position rather than the traditional vertical style. Get bonus point on creativity by covering an entire wall from ceiling to the floor with the paneling. In fact, you can arrange such wooden panels into numerous positions, so the possibilities are endless if you want to apply this design approach.