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New Color Spotlight: Espresso

April 17, 2015

American Tin Ceilings has added new colorway to our selection, bringing our unmatched variety to more than 50! ESPRESSO is a beautiful, rich color available in all of our 35+ patterns. Here are a few examples below (Click the pattern title to browse our patterns and colors). Pattern #12 Pattern #20 Pattern #15 Pattern #23 Pattern #14 Pattern #24 ...

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Tin for Commercial Projects

March 11, 2015

American Tin Ceilings understands the unique demands of commercial projects and the architects, designers, and contractors that coordinate them. In addition to providing tin tiles for our residential customers, we are also pleased to offer our tin panels to industry professionals with exceptional turnaround times and competitive volume pricing. Whether you’re an interior designer looking to spruce up a client’s kitchen, a builder installing tin ceilings in multiple properties, or an architect with a grand renovation on your desk, we’re here to help make your project a 10 - with tin!...

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What Your Tin Tile Color Says About You

September 29, 2014

With 50+ color options, choosing what finish to order your tiles in may seem overwhelming. By narrowing the choices by family, it may make it a bit easier to help determine what type of look and style you like or are trying to achieve. Let us break it down for you: Artisan - You care about having the highest quality home accents and it shows in your decor, each tile is lovingly hand finished to give you a distinct, one of a kind antique feel that will be the envy of the neighborhood....

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Trendsetting: When Old Becomes New Again

September 23, 2014

It’s often said that trends cycle. Whether it be fashion or interior design, from your trusty high-waisted jeans to classic red lips, there are some fads that aren’t really fads at all because they’ll never completely die. These “trends” may dip in popularity for a few years, but resurgence is almost surely guaranteed. One of those is the ever-popular tin ceiling. Hailing from the Victorian era, tin ceilings were beloved in the early 19th century for their decorative charm, a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to the pricey handcrafted European home accents that took years to complete....

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3 Ways to Give Your Home Vintage Charm with Tin Tiles

September 5, 2014

It has been said that, “Everything Old Becomes New Again” so it’s time to embrace the past as a current design trend. There’s something timeless and classic about a house with handcrafted details painstakingly picked out from start to finish. Even if your house isn’t sufficiently aged through the years, you can still add historic touches liked reclaimed wood, charming furniture pieces and tin tiles. Like a fine wine, a vintage home only gets better with age....

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4 Creative Ways to use Tin Tiles Around the House

August 18, 2014

Tin ceilings carry a nostalgic style that is reminiscent of the Art Deco period popularized in the late 19th century. Tin tiles are often used to restore historic Victorian homes, however, they can still be incorporated into modern and contemporary designs. Here are 4 creative ways to use tin tiles around the house. Walls in the Home Metal makes a bold statement and many wouldn’t even know that these tiles are incredibly affordable....

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Commercial Ceiling Design – Big Brands Love Tin Ceiling Tiles

August 11, 2014

For worldwide brands and international chains, interior design is about creating an aesthetic that is universally recognizable to convey a specific experience, yet distinct enough at each property that each location has a unique identity. For a lot of large retailers, that means incorporating tin ceiling tiles into their brand. From outdoor recreation to family entertainment, check out how these impressive commercial spaces are using tin ceiling tiles to make a statement....

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Vintage Tin Tile Art Projects from Etsy

August 8, 2014

It’s no secret we love seeing creative projects with t in. And when you’re looking for the ultimate in handmade, crafty wonders, you go to Etsy. Aside from selling our vintage tiles as standalone wall art, the artisans below are making truly innovation projects with tin, the perfect rustic gift for any art lover. Check out some of these cool households goods made with tin or dream up your own....

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Case Study: Cosa Design

July 21, 2014

As the winner of our photo contest, CoSa Design in Brooklyn completely restored this historic colonial home to its former glory. While this beautiful bathroom elicits a sense of nostalgia, it also achieves the perfect balance of newness by mixing metallic tin panels with traditional wainscoting over a one-of-a-kind wooden sink. The accents and fixtures compliment its rustic allure and we know quite well anyone would be happy to start their day in this charming space....

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How to Cut Tin Tiles

July 14, 2014

One of the most common questions we get is, “How easy is it to cut tin tiles?” In short: very easy. Weighing just 1.6 lbs., our tin coated steel panels are flexible but not flimsy and malleable but not cheap. To cut tin, you have a variety of options, but we’ll focus on our three favorites: tin snips, guillotine cutters and having your local metal shop do it for you....

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Where Do Our Patterns Come From?

June 23, 2014

One question we always get asked is where our beautiful patterns come from. And the answer is a variety of places. Some of the Victorian styles we buy at antique auctions. Others we replicate from designs we see. We try to cater to a range of home styles by offering as many modern, geometric patterns as old-world ornate designs. Some of the most interesting stories are below. Pattern #22 The #22 tin ceiling tile (24”x 24”) is a beautiful design that was salvaged from an abandoned 1800s building Cheyenne, Wyoming that was destroyed by fire....

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Beautiful Bathrooms with Tin

June 18, 2014

Notoriously homebuyers have put a huge emphasis on bathrooms and kitchens and are willing to pay more for well-designed spaces. It lends itself to the “home is my sanctuary” mentality, and having many desirable features not only increases your resale value, but also makes you feel more comfortable in the interim, blending practical and pretty. They key to good bathroom design is compartmentalization – keeping the shower and bath separate from the vanity, storage and toilet, while emphasizing luxurious finishes....

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Case Study: Adya

June 9, 2014

One of the most hotly anticipated spring restaurant openings in the OC, Adya is the new project from renowned Chef Shachi Mehra, deemed the Queen of Indian by Riviera magazine. The menu combines modern and classic Indian cooking, while balancing a bold Southern California influence. Located in the newly transformed Anaheim Packing House, an open kitchen with a view of the tandoor ovens is a highlight of the space....

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Surprise Mom with an Amazing Home Makeover

May 7, 2014

One of most important holidays of the year is right around the corner, and this year you’ll be able to wow mom like never before. Rather than give her the standard card and flowers for Mother’s Day, surprise her with a home makeover with tin ceilings in her favorite room of the house. Before you say no, we’ve outlined the top three reasons why a tin ceiling will earn you major brownie points with mom this Mother’s Day....

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Fresh Design Ideas with Tin

May 1, 2014

Designing with tin doesn’t need to begin and end with ceilings or backsplashes (although both look great). Tin is too pretty to limit to just one element as it works great in a number of home accents. The possibilities for tin design are limitless, and we’ve outlined our favorite ideas to inspire and get your wheels turning about some unique ways to use tin in the home. Playful Wall Art Tin tiles provide the perfect eye-catching element so go bold with your design choices and make an entire accent wall out of t in....

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Our Love Affair with Copper Tiles

April 30, 2014

As a precious metal, copper’s prices have been on the rise the last few years and it’s no wonder. It looks expensive, ages well, and adds an antique touch anywhere you use it in the home. The history of copper in architecture can be linked to its durability, corrosion resistance, prestigious appearance, and ability to form complex shapes. Copper is commonly used for plumbing and electrical work, but interior designers love it equally as much for the design punch it provides where form follows function....

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The Best Tin Installations in Europe

April 28, 2014

Our sales agent Arjan has been helping to lead the charge introduce tin to Europe and from custom patterns for the Heineken head office to the corner store; it’s been catching on like wildfire. Here are some of our favorite tin installations in Europe, from restaurant to retail. Milk Bar – Kiev Launched just two months ago amidst a country in crisis, Milk Bar is a welcome addition to the Ukrainian restaurant scene....

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Cool DIY Backsplashes

April 23, 2014

Kitchen backsplashes are one of the few aspects of your home where form follows function. Designed to be as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful, you can protect your walls from water with a variety of materials that match the look and feel of your kitchen, while creating an enticing focal point. Kitchen backsplash materials run the gamut from traditional ceramic tile to high-end granite and are as important a feature as your appliances to create a beautiful accent wall....

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Photo Contest Update- We’re Impressed!

April 21, 2014

We’re a couple weeks into our photo contest and just a quick note the deadline to enter, vote and share has been extended until May 15 so keep spreading the world! Also, due to your feedback, we’ve started accepting entries via email that we can upload to our Facebook app for you. If you’d like to enter this way, send your high-res installation pictures to photos@americantinceilings.com with a brief explanation of what/where it is....

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The Tin Market Expands into Europe, Are You Ready?

April 17, 2014

Tin has been a popular product for home design in the United States for nearly 100 years. Recently, that interest has expanded to Europe, as well. Primarily leading the charge is Arjan Estie, founder of New York Ceiling Co. Arjan has been working to increase tin’s visibility in Europe, and we at American Tin Ceilings Co. caught up with him to get the skinny on all the reasons why it’s the “it” product right now....

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How to Remove a Tile Backsplash (to Replace with Something Better)

April 14, 2014

Ever make a design decision that you regretted later? You don’t have to live with remodel regret! Thankfully, ceilings and backsplashes are easy enough to remove to replace with something better. Our tin tiles are beautiful, start at under $2 a square foot and can be installed on any surface. With all our color and pattern options and plenty of sample pack variety, take your time choosing a look you love for your new tin backsplash or ceiling....

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Transform Your Home With These Tin Tile Design Ideas

April 3, 2014

Creating a warm and inviting space for your home can seem like a daunting and time consuming task — one that many would shy away from. But unique design doesn’t have to involve huge and costly renovation projects .Sometimes, the littlest changes can make the biggest impact. Tin tiles can be used in a variety of ways to create a sophisticated and timeless element to your home. Without breaking the bank or tearing down walls, we’ve identified three simple DIY projects to get you started on your spring home remodel....

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Interior Design Spotlight: Collaborative Design Group

March 19, 2014

We love installations of our ceiling tiles that are non-traditional. Don’t get us wrong, a great ceiling or backsplash will completely transform a room, but it’s the unique spaces, uses and innovative design that really gets us excited about all the possibilities with t in. Our interior design partners have no shortage of creativity, and Mickey Bufalini of Collaborative Design Group in Houston, Texas is no exception. With the goal of “breathing new life into a space and enticing you to stay,” one of their founding design principles comes from Paola Antonelli, curator of MOMA, “Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know was missing....

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Ceiling Tiles Comparison (Tin vs. Plastic)

March 17, 2014

We know you have a choice when it comes to ceiling tiles, or home remodeling in general. In fact, you probably have way too many choices from colors and patterns to finishes and materials. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it helps to make a pros and cons list of the cost benefit analysis so you know where to splurge and where to save when comparing tin or another metal to plastic. At least in the world of ceiling tiles, we’ll help break it down for you....

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Ceiling Tiles – Do You Know the Different Types?

March 12, 2014

Contrary to popular belief, ceilings don’t just come in one shape and size, popcorn or otherwise. Effective building design requires balancing multiple objectives: aesthetics, acoustics, environmental factors, and integration with the building’s infrastructure—not to mention cost of construction as well as long-term operation costs. So how do you know which type of ceiling tiles are right for you? Suspended / Dropped Ceiling Tiles With a somewhat interchangeable name, dropped, grid or suspended ceiling tiles are popular because they provide an attractive, finished look that hides wires, pipes, and other unsightly fixtures....

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Spring Cleaning: The Pain of Popcorn Ceilings

March 10, 2014

In turning our clocks forward yesterday, we officially look forward to spring’s prudent arrival. In doing so, it means it’s officially time to start planning spring cleaning projects. And one thing that should definitely be on your list? Finally getting rid of those horrid popcorn ceilings. Give your 5th wall the attention it deserves with a beautiful tin ceiling upgrade. A mainstay of the 1950s to 1980s, popcorn, cottage cheese or stucco ceiling as it may be called was a spray-on paint treatment....

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Case Study: Haunted Mortuary

March 5, 2014

One of the most actively and famously haunted mansions in America; ghost hunters from around the world make the trek to New Orleans to experience paranormal activities at the Haunted Mortuary. Originally built in 1872, the historic property at the end of the Canal Street Cemeteries streetcar line has an interesting story to tell. A Grand Victorian Mansion with awe-inspiring porticos, the building was considered an architectural marvel with its neo-classical revival style exterior and eclectic interior....

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Interview with a Design Consultant

February 28, 2014

Operations manager and design consultant Crystal Pinkston has been with American Tin Ceilings Company for over ten years. With countless stories and advice, we caught up with her to get the skinny on home renovations and remodels. Where are you from? I am from Palmetto, Florida. I was born and raised here, and I have never lived anywhere else. I had never seen snow for the first time until I was 21 years old — definitely a beach girl....

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Case Study: Melt Bar & Grilled

February 26, 2014

“Tin ceilings were always my first choice and I never considered any other materials. Why settle for second best?” –Matt Fish, Owner of Melt Bar & Grilled As American as baseball or apple pie, grilled cheese is a comfort food that can take you back to your childhood. Melt Bar and Grilled is no ordinary sandwich shop, though. With rotating specials that include everything from Sriracha butter to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, this cult phenomenon (seriously, their fans get tattoos) uses American Tin Ceilings as a major identifying element of their brand....

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How to Install and Care for a Tin Backsplash

February 24, 2014

So you’ve decided your kitchen needs a little pick me up and the perfect solution is a beautiful and affordable tin backsplash? Good choice. For any DIYer or halfway handy homemaker, installing a tin backsplash is an easy project that can be accomplished in as little as a few hours to make a world of difference in your kitchen design. How to Install a Tin Backsplash in 3 Easy Steps Step 1: Choose Your Pattern and Color...

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Secret Benefits of Tin Ceiling Tiles: Fire Protection and Home Safety

February 19, 2014

You know the beauty and ambiance that tin tiles provide which is probably what drew you to them in the first place, but did you also know that they’re extremely fire resistant? With more than 2,500 people killed per year in residential fires, when you undergo a home remodel, it’s important to consider the safety of the materials you’re choosing for your family, pets and loved ones. One common misconception is that any home not made out of concrete, glass, stucco, gypsum (drywall), or brick are susceptible to residential fires, but in reality, fire-resistant materials like tin are rated in respect for how long they take to burn, giving occupants plenty of time to escape if something were to go awry....

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Special Tin Patterns

February 3, 2014

If you’re new to the wonderful world of tin ceiling tiles, you may be a bit overwhelmed by all the choices. With 33 patterns in over 50 color options, how do you even begin to narrow down which style is right for you? A lot depends on your personal design aesthetic, but let us highlight a few of our more unique tin patterns that are sure to make your house the talk of the town....

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How to Replace An Ugly Popcorn Ceiling with Tin Ceiling Tiles

January 13, 2014

Although popular when they first debuted in the 1950s, popcorn ceilings have since become dated, ugly leftovers in a home. The knots and bubbles prominent within the ceilings have also become the bane of homeowners as they see their resale value diminish as a result. But hope is not lost! While most assume a ceiling redesign is a huge, costly investment, replacing the popcorn ceilings with tin ceilings is a surprisingly simple DIY project and the modern finish will wow anyone who visits your home....

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Using Filler to Hide Imperfections

January 6, 2014

If you’re worried your room is not exactly the correct size or shape for our tin tiles to look fantastic, worry no more. Filler can be used to complete irregularly shaped ceilings or spaces with uneven dimensions. It can also be used to eliminate gaps when molding is not purchased in conjunction with tin tiles. Another inherent benefit of filler is that it avoids cutting our large panels in half, which would ruin the design and symmetrical patterns....

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Exteriors with Tin

December 30, 2013

There are plenty of quotes about inner beauty. But sometimes, you want to show off the exterior, too. You may be familiar with tin ceilings or tin backsplashes as accent walls on the interior of homes, but a new trend in design world is to decorate the outside of your house. Rusted tin has long been used as an interesting type of siding, but some of our more unique panel installations feature wainscoting walls so the whole neighborhood can appreciate their beautiful finish....

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Holiday Decorations with Tin

December 18, 2013

If you procrastinated decorating this holiday season or feel like your house is still missing that certain je ne sais quoi, why not get crafty and try decorating with tin? Tiles start at just $7 a piece and many are in stock and ready to ship the next day. They are great for adding a rustic, antique feel to projects and are easy to work with. For more inspiration, check out the holiday crafts section on Pinterest (just don’t get sidetracked by all the yummy recipes)....

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Furniture and Art with Tin

December 16, 2013

One of our more unusual applications, Green Oak Antiques is an Indiana-based family business that incorporates tin tiles into their handcrafted antique furniture and wall art. Passed down from generation to generation since 1978, they have created both standard pieces for their showroom and custom commissioned designs. Shabby chic, country, and industrial describe their unique architectural salvage home projects that range from $500-1200 for furniture and $110 for framed art....

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Case Study: La Bella Casa Interior Designs

December 9, 2013

It’s no secret that interior designers love tin ceiling tiles for backsplashes. It adds an eye catching element that always becomes a talking point. We caught up with Lisa Griffiths of La Bella Casa Interiors to discuss why she chose tin for her client’s kitchen remodel. Home Style: Traditional Kitchen Style: Transitional Home Location: North Wales, PA Patterns/Colors Installed: Silver Burnt Umber, Pattern #12 How did you find out about tin as a backsplash option?...

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Holiday DIY Projects with Tin Ceiling Tiles

November 26, 2013

The holidays always seem to put people in a crafty, DIY mood. If the egg nogs and apple cider start getting your creative juices are flowing, here are some unique craft projects to try with t in. You can use our tiles for virtually anything to make a one of a kind gift item- the only limit is your imagination. Mold them into keepsake boxes, flower boxes, mirrors, or wall art to achieve a weathered, antique, salvaged look....

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Retail Spotlight: Polpo

November 25, 2013

Polpo is a family of six restaurants in central London. But this is not your average mom and pop diner. Polpo is a bàcaro, a Venetian word describing a humble restaurant serving small plates and young local wines. A Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand winner 3 years running, it has often been described as the “Hottest Table in Town.” An interesting building from the get-go, the first Polpo space in Soho was once home to the Venetian painter Canaletto....

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Creative Backsplashes

November 20, 2013

Kitchen backsplashes are a great way to showoff your unique style, flair and spice up your cooking space. Adding a trim accent wall in some form of tile (tin, ceramic, stone, glass etc.) is just one of the latest DIY home project crazes. Really creative backsplashes can include a mix of materials, a splash of color, interesting shapes, and will tie the whole space together, setting off the countertops and finishes....

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Surprising Uses of Tin Ceiling Tiles

November 7, 2013

Tin ceilings and tin backsplashes are becoming more mainstream by the day and a fairly common installation. But the uses of tin are only limited to your imagination - from rooms to walls to colors and textures, these flexible little tiles are popping up just about everywhere. Here are some of our favorite most inventive uses of tin as an accent piece - inside, outside and anywhere. Headboards Chic and modern, headboards were once used as an additional source of insulation for your bedroom, but today are used just for decorative purposes....

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Retail Spotlight: Tommy Guns

November 5, 2013

Tommy Guns is one of the top-rated salons and barber shops in NYC. Modeled after old English elegance and European charm, they are as proud of their authentic shop interior as they are the stunning hairstyles their clients walk away with. When the time came to expand, the original Manhattan location had tin hiding under a false ceiling. When they opened their second location, they liked the look and feel of the authenticity so they decided to model it....

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Brilliant Bathroom Design

October 31, 2013

The use of baths dates back to 3000 BC and originally had a religious connotation for purification of the body and soul. Today, more than your bedroom or kitchen, your bathroom should be your zen place. It’s where you go to cleanse, rejuvenate or press refresh after a long day. A time honored tradition, bath time should still be sacred. Tin’s a great addition to a luxury bathroom because it complements the look and feel of the inherent healing properties of water, providing you ample moments to sneak away for solitude and indulgence....

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History of Tin Ceiling Tiles

October 29, 2013

The American Tin Ceiling Company has only been around since 2002, but has been producing authentic replications of early 1800s Victorian tiles ever since. An affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork found in traditional European homes, we manage the entire manufacturing process in the US from bulk metal coils to mold making, pressing, finishing, and shipping to be able to provide best in class customer service and keep costs as low as possible while ensuring quality control....

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Snap Lock Overview

October 24, 2013

Snap Lock™ - making tin so easy to install it’s a snap. The official tagline says it all- requiring no plywood or any kind of wood, simply screw each tin tile straight into your drywall or popcorn ceiling. Each piece interlocks through our patented flange system. The 2’ x 2’ panels are intended for easy DIY home projects that even the most layman can figure out to create beautiful designs that compliment the style of any room....

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What is Wainscoting?

October 22, 2013

Traditionally wainscoting is wood paneling that lines the lower walls of a room. Originally it applied only to high quality riven oak boards developed to make stone structures feel more comfortable by providing insulation. Today, they are more for decorative, ornate purposes and are often found in 17th and 18th century Victorian designs. Boiserie is a similar technique, used to define intricately carved wood paneling and can include moldings that are painted or gilded....

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