Wainscoting in Bathrooms

Wainscoting is a very popular decorative technique that is used in many bathroom designs. Wainscoting in bathroom redecoration involves installing a series of panels that are called planks. These planks are usually placed on the wall in a vertical position and provide a uniform look. Although, in some cases it can be installed horizontally.

While the main purpose of Wainscoting is to protect the walls from damage, most people choose it for its distinctive appearance. It can turn a boring bathroom into a charming one. Depending on material, Wainscoting can be left unfinished, or slightly finished to create a rustic atmosphere. Or, it can be painted to reflect the tastes of the customer.

Should we fit wainscoting panels plank by plank or would it be convenient by sheet?

There are two styles of Wainscoting paneling commonly used in bathrooms. The traditional style is known as tongue and groove. The planks are carefully fitted manually. The other option is a sheet of solid planking that can quickly be installed.

Here are a few pertinent questions for you to think through:

1. Where to place the planks?. The wainscoting planks can serve as a backdrop for a standalone bathtub or the length of the sink vanity. It can be placed around the entire room or in certain spots that could use extra protection. There are examples of wainscoting that is run along the entire bathroom tub exterior, which is very attractive.

Wainscoting is normally installed around the lower portion of the wall. Most likely, bathroom fixtures and accessories will be placed in front of and around the panels. Whether the panels are being built manually or are being purchased as sheets from a store, their height really is of the utmost importance.

Although not so common, there are many bathroom with Wainscoting ideas that do include the ceiling area. Instead of a plain painted ceiling the beaded paneling design is carried up overhead. This can help to create a larger sense of design continuity within the bathroom. It also is not necessary to have beaded walls when installing a wainscoting ceiling, since a ceiling by itself gives you a unique look.

2. What material to use? Also, you have lots of flexibility when it comes to material choices. You can find Wainscoting in MDF, pinewood, cedar, vinyl or PVC. If water damage to wood and MDF is a concern, the PVC, cedar or vinyl material is best.

Many homeowners choose to go with wood and MDF because they really like that distinctive wood panel design. These materials tend to lend a bit more natural warmth to the room. Pine and MDF are popular types of wood often used to create wainscoting for homes.

Polystyrene Wainscoting from Santa Luzia gives homeowners the look of wood, but is made to be much sturdier. The durability the reason why most people decide to install this variety in their bathrooms. Polystyrene is water resistant and also does not abrade or become damaged like wood does. What’s more, we have varieties that look exactly like ebony, oak, ipe etc. Since our polystyrene is also recycled, you can feel good as well while soaking in your bathtub!

3. Should you paint them? Color choices usually are between white and natural wood. These colors tend to blend best with the prominent wall color within the room, whatever it may be. However Santa Luzia offers some optional colors such as pink, black and kidz as well.

Design Ideas: Here are some bathrooms with Santa Luzia Wainscoting installed to give you some ideas!

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