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Wainscoting- what is it?

January 13, 2014

Wainscoting’s origins can be traced back to 16th century England where it was applied to lower sections of stone walls to counteract the cold and dampness. It used to refer to only wood, literally “wall boards” made of Wainscot oak, but today the term is more inclusive of any type of ornate wall insulation used as decorative paneling. Boiserie specifically means the intricate wood paneling as exemplified in the Palace of Versailles and 18th century French designs.

Benefits of Wainscoting

Historically, wainscoting referred to the bottom half of walls or about 3-5 feet from the floor, but today it can mean entire accent walls. It is practical and a great way to hide imperfections on areas little hands and tails can reach. In addition, it is durable, a great way to increase your home’s insulation if you have warped or uneven walls. So whether it’s for protection, aesthetics, or a combination of the two, wainscoting is an inexpensive way to beautify your home while optimizing your construction.

Wainscoting With Tin

Wainscoting with tin is a great way to increase your home’s value by upgrading interior walls. Similarly, tin tiles can also be used for metal cladding an exterior. We offer 80 finishes in 34 different patterns in our Nail-up panels that would be similar to installing a kitchen backsplash. 6” and 12” patterns are recommended with M1 or M2 flat molding around the base of rails for the best look.

With our finished tiles starting at just $7 a piece, there are very few DIY home projects more affordable or accessible. All you need is some tin snips and wood baseboard paint to match the color of the tiles. We have easy installation videos to follow or our design center would be happy to help you create a project plan from start to finish to create interesting wainscoting walls.


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