Learn the Lingo – Wainscoting

We’re talking about Wainscoting today. You’ve probably seen it at some point, but never knew that it had a name. It’s ¬†been trendy for a few years now but did you know that it has actually been around since at least the 18th century?

So what is it?
Wainscoting is a paneling that is applied to the lower half of a wall and is often topped by a chair railing. The top portion of the wall is left uncovered by paneling, often you will find the area above the paneling is painted or wallpapered.

Why would I use it?

If you like the look of wainscoting then go for it. This architectural detail is so versatile that, it can be used in any room of your house. Many say that wainscoting is easy to care for and clean, making it perfect for your mudroom.

What else should I know?

Wainscoting is pretty versatile, there are many styles available today that will suit whatever style you’re aiming to emulate in your home.

Living room interior with hardwood floor. 3D illustration
A modern take on Wainscoting
Simple Traditional Wainscoting


If you are interested in more wainscoting applications take a look at this photo gallery by This Old House