How to Wainscoting in Bathrooms

If you are wondering about adding a wooden touch to your bathroom, think of wainscoting. In most cases, it involves covering 1/3 to half of the wall, starting from the flooring. The height may vary according to your preference. Though this method was previously restricted to living rooms, and especially for the wall besides the staircase, it’s now popularly used in kitchens and bathrooms as well. It gives a feeling of luxury and elegance to any room. Let’s learn about the ways in which this style of paneling can be installed in your bathroom.

Raised Panel
The most popular style is the raised panel, which you can also get to see in many traditional interior designs. Basically, it consists of a raised rectangular panel and continuous rails running at the top and bottom. Though 1/3 of the wall is usually covered, it can be, in some cases, extended up to the ceiling with about 3 rows of such panels.

Flat Panel
This is a simple and decent looking style that is very popularly used around the staircase. However, it can also give a decent and clean look to your bathroom. Unlike the raised panel, the level of these panel frames is deeper than the flat and bottom rail.

Overlay Panel
An overlay panel looks quite stylish. These are almost like the raised panels, but come in smaller frames, and have a prominent raised molding. There is a lot of scope in terms of designing with this pattern.

Beadboard Panel
This looks simply awesome when used to adorn the bathrooms walls. These are usually 4 feet wide panels placed side-by-side with a 2-3 inch raised plate in between. If you want something to add a classic touch to your bathroom space, this is the thing to opt for.

You can combine one or more patterns, if you want to give a modish touch to your bathroom. In this case, you should have one pattern as the base design and another as a small row running over the base. Its height should be 1/3 of the main design. You can also broaden the bottom and top rail a few inches and add small designs in it. Another idea is to have molded patterns inside each panel frame. You can also choose to have a delicate design like scroll prints inside each flat panel. While white color remains the most popular, you can experiment with colors, from green, brown, beige, mauve to bold black. You can also choose a dual color magic by simply adding white borders and rails for dark panels. Make sure that the base color of the panels matches with that of the wall. White goes well with any color, but going for matching colors is a great way to liven up the space.