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Things to Know About Wainscoting

Your home is beautiful - inside and out. But if you really want to enhance it’s interior, you can’t go wrong by adding touches of architectural detail. Like wainscoting! Nothing improves both your homes modern aesthetic and overall structure like wainscotting.

The History of Wainscoting

Wainscoting, also known as wainscot, originated from Holland around the 14th century. Back then, it was invented for more than décor. In fact, it was made to protect the lower half of the walls while providing insulation to homes. This is because there was no concept of central heating at that time. Nowadays, it’s used as a shield on our walls to protect them from nasty stains left by muddy shoes, dirty finger paints that can be a burden to clean, and other such scuffs that are inevitable in close spaces like stairways and hallways. Originally a combination of panels and decorative boards that typically extend halfway up a wall, as time continued, wainscoting styles have undergone many variations.

The Purpose of Wainscoting

As we’ve established, wainscot paneling serves a variety of purposes, including home décor and wall protection. In today’s world, it won’t be wrong to say that wainscot paneling is basically a design choice that can add much-needed richness and luxury to your home. How and where you choose to install it ultimately comes down to you and your design preferences.

You can use it to introduce subtle texture to your home, experiment with a bold color, or even go with an intricate design! If your walls look dull and boring, you can take advantage of these wall coverings to transform your interior décor as well as provide functional protection to your walls.

Is Wainscoting Right For You?

Choosing the right style of wainscoting can be overwhelming. There are so many different patterns and styles to choose from! The easiest way you can make a decision is by thinking about how you want different rooms in your house to function, and the type of feeling you wish to create in each room. If your house has large spaces, wainscoting can help you make them feel more intimate and scale them down. Another great idea is to keep the wainscoting simple and focus on the baseboard and crown molding.

If you need guidance finding the best style for your home, contact us today at 905.856.9100 or


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