A couple of days ago, I had someone ask me on the A2D Facebook page, “How much is too much board and batten in a home? I LOVE the look, and I want to do nearly all of the rooms in my house!” So I started thinking about the question, and then I started realizing just how much wainscoting (whether it’s bead board, board and batten, tongue and groove, inexpensive wood slats, bead board wallpaper, or some other unique wainscoting) is going up in the homes of bloggers. And I would venture a guess that it’s not just bloggers. Have you noticed this yourselves?
I absolutely love wainscoting myself, and I think it adds so much interest to a room. But I can’t help but wonder if all of this wainscoting is going to turn out to be like the dark paneled walls of the 60s or the avocado and harvest gold appliances of the 70s. I know that wainscoting is nothing new (it’s been around at least since the 18th century), and it really is a classic, but have we all gone a bit wainscoting crazy?
I have board and batten in my breakfast room and living room…
And right now, I also have plans to use some sort of wainscoting in the house once we get moved in and I start decorating.
I put board and batten in John & Alice’s bedroom makeover that I did a while back…
And I also used wainscoting with a traditional picture frame molding it in my mom’s master bathroom remodel. On this one, I added a glass tile border at the top just for a
When pondering the question of whether or not a house can have too much wainscoting, I immediately thought of Thrifty Decor Chick’s house. I don’t think Sarah has it in every room of her house, but she certainly has it in lots of her rooms! She uses mainly picture frame molding throughout her house, but she also has this board and batten treatment in her office, which I think is just lovely…
Kate at Centsational Girl also has different wainscoting throughout her house, including picture frame molding, board and batten, and then this
I really like all of those traditional wainscot wall treatments, but I also love seeing some of the really unique and even modern applications as well.
Tracy at soulstyle has this amazing custom wainscoting in her living room…
And then just yesterday, I came across this very unique application of traditional bead board to create a chevron pattern from Maison Classique…
What are your thoughts on all of this wainscoting? Do you love it? Do you have it in your home? Are you drawn to the more traditional beadboard or board and batten treatments? Or do you prefer the more unique or modern uses?
And do you think this is a trend that will eventually die down (and possibly become our avocado and harvest gold appliances)? Or do you think it’s a classic that will never go away?
Wow, that’s a lot of questions! Share your thoughts!
And if you have wainscoting in a room that you’d like to share (and you have pictures available online), please feel free to leave a link in the comments below. I’d love to see it!
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