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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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Q&A Section

Tom Teevan  in 2019/02/04 - 02:26
How easy is wainscoting installation?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/04 - 02:31
Pretty much easy. Just that it drags on. The real work begins when the boards go up. Puttying, sanding, caulking and painting to name a few. If you’d like a step-by-step tutorial of the installation, click here.
Mike Gonzales  in 2019/02/04 - 02:25
What are the colours I should consider for my wainscoting (living room)?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/04 - 02:30
While the classic colour for wainscoting is always white, it is important to match its colour with that of the trim. Also, you can play with shades. For instance, if the walls are light creamy white, then the wainscoting could be a darker shade of white.
Peter Hayes  in 2019/02/04 - 02:24
Is there any difference between wainscoting and beadboard?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/07 - 00:13
There is a difference. Beadboard is one of the styles of wainscoting used wherein the panel consists of narrow planks lined up vertically on the wall separated by indentations or ridges.
Mark Collins  in 2019/02/04 - 02:23
At what height are wainscoting generally installed? Are there any specific rule?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/04 - 02:32
The general rule of thumb is to start 3 feet above the level of the floor. And the wainscoting itself is taken up to 5 feet in height, sometimes even higher – most of the way up the wall. Tip: Tip: Also, do not try to split the wall in equal halves using the wainscot, however much you may love symmetry.
David White  in 2019/02/04 - 02:22
Which is the best material to use for wainscoting?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/04 - 02:33
Plastic polymers such as polystyrene, polyurethane etc. are generally considered the best because they don’t absorb moisture or are prone to rot unlike MDF and wood, and at the same time, add an appealing look to your interiors.
John Manning  in 2019/02/04 - 02:20
What is the right style you would recommend for wainscoting?
Josiane Flores - Architect Santa Luzia  in 2019/02/04 - 02:34
The generally recognized five styles are raised panel, flat panel, overlay panel, beadboard and "board and batten". For further knowledge on their designs, we suggest you to set up a call with our in-house architect.