Design Dictionary: Wainscoting

Wall paneling, called Wainscoting, is often found in today's home. Wainscoting was originally used as a means to clad the floor-to-ceiling interior of stone walls to help insulate the cold walls and minimize water infiltration. Now wainscoting can be used protect the lower third of the wall from nicks and scratches from everyday abuse, but is most often used as a decorative accent.

It comes in a variety of styles such as beaded panel, raised panel, recessed panel, picture frame, and flat. It can be made of wood, MDF, or PVC, and come as prefabricated pieces, or can be made of separate pieces for a custom design.

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(Images: 1. Eric Laignel/Interior Design, 2. Apartment Therapy,
3. Apartment Therapy, 4. Muffy Kibbey/This Old House, 5. Mark Champion/Style By Emily Henderson)