What Is Wainscoting?

Wainscoting, a decorative molding that gained popularity in the 1800’s, is a practical and sophisticated way to add depth and beauty to a home or office. Using a combination of chair rail, trim and moldings, wainscoting typically runs horizontally along the lower portion of a wall. More durable than drywall and plaster, wainscoting holds up well against the normal household wear that comes with use. With numerous options for design and finishing, this style of molding presents a myriad of possibilities for individualizing and adding value to your home.

Types of Wainscoting

Shadow Boxes: Composed of stained or painted trim pieces, shadow boxes are a series of horizontal frames or boxes along the bottom portion of a wall, topped by chair rail and bordered by baseboard on the bottom. The installation is fairly rapid and the materials cost is surprisingly low, considering the warmth and charm it brings.

Panel Molding: At a basic level, panel molding is similar to shadow boxes, except that it is composed of panels that are actually recessed behind substantial frame pieces. The artistry and craftsmanship of panel molding is superior, and their quality of depth and sophistication is greater.

Bead board: This type of wainscoting uses panels with routered vertical grooves that give a homey, warm look. Whether painted or stained, bead board has clean lines and a neat appearance, evocative of a country atmosphere. Bead board is the easiest form of wainscoting to install.

A.G. Williams, a Westchester and Fairfield painting contractor, provides fine carpentry services to our valued clients. In addition to installing wainscoting of various kinds, we also specialize in crown moldings, decorative trim, wood refinishing and wood rot repair. We are always delighted to hear from you, and would be happy to discuss any redecoration or repainting project you have in mind.

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