Beadboard: What's It All About?
Decorative panels promise a fresh look for any room.
When it comes to beadboard, what's old truly is new again. Originally used on the walls and porch ceilings of Victorian homes through 1930s farmhouses, these textural panels are popular again. Here's what makes this finish material a beauty bonus for rooms, plus some installation tips.
Covering and creatingThink of beaded board as a kind of makeup for walls—use it as a concealer to cover up dents or even water damage, or simply install it to beautify or protects walls, especially in dining areas where chairs can slide back and damage the wall surface.
You can apply beadboard directly over existing wall materials or to wall framing. Use it to instill architectural interest in a bland room, create vintage or cottage style, or introduce texture and color.
Beadboard is a welcome addition throughout the house, including on a kitchen backsplash, as wainscoting in a bathroom or dining room, or on the sides or doors of cabinetry.
Beadboard can be also installed at any height; cover the lower portion of the wall for a traditional wainscoting, change things up a bit with a three-quarters height installation, or continue it to the ceiling.