Wainscoting, in simple words, refers to solid wooden panels installed across the lower half of a room's walls. In the earlier days, it was used as a means for insulating the wall. Now, it is a design feature in its own right and comes with its décor guidelines and style book.
Besides the style aspect, wainscoting also provides protection to the wall against dents and dings especially when used in areas such as hallways, mudrooms or stairways. Not only does the wainscoting hide these flaws better than a painted wall would, it also provides an easy-to-wash surface (especially for those made of polystyrene) for removing these spots from your walls.
It comes in a variety of materials other than wood such as MDF, plywood, engineered wood and plastic.
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