Certain decor ideas seem to be enmeshed in your DNA. For me, it's that charming cottage look, one that my mother loved (and still loves). Though I've dabbled in midcentury modern and live in a nice-but-new construction apartment, I find myself going back again and again to this simple and lovely style.
The key "ingredient" to this look, of course, is beadboard. Commonly used as wainscoting, this affordable material is more versatile than you think — like in this kitchen featured in Better Homes & Gardens, where it covers the island, walls and cabinet doors. Here are just a few more ways to use it in any space you would like to give a clean, cottage-inspired feel.
Emily Pribble of Lifestyle and Design Online thought of a genius new way to use beadboard: To cover up the popcorn ceiling that was throughout her home. Here, it makes a corner of a nursery feel as if it's in a quaint little cottage.
A corner tub (in the bathroom of Kate from Chic on a Shoestring) gets a completely new look with the help of a surround made of beadboard and trim. We do admit to wondering if we're experiencing an illusion akin to "The Dress": Is the surround gray or is it white? (We're assuming it's the latter.)
Here's another surround made of white beadboard, this time in a bathroom makeover seen in Better Homes & Gardens.
Back in 2011, Miriam of Prudent Projects completely made over her stairs after ripping up the carpet to discover the much-dreaded oriented strand board. After swapping out the treads and adding new trim, bits of beadboard helped give the risers a new look.
Beadboard adds a vintage feel to this enviable butler's pantry, spotted at Holly Mathis Interiors.
Erica Van Slyke of Designing Vibes remade her mudroom for under $200. The beadboard backing helps unify the storage bench and the coat rack into a cohesive look.
We've seen herringbone tile backsplashes, brick paths and wood floors, but beadboard can also create this pattern as well. Kate from Farmhouse38 cut beadboard at an angle to create smaller panels, then arranged each to make the herringbone motif.
An uninterrupted expanse of beadboard makes an interesting statement in a neutral kitchen by Charmean Neithart Interiors.