The Classic Elegance of Beadboard

Beadboard is a traditional style of wall paneling that is made of evenly spaced interlocking tongue and groove timber components. Historically, it had been set up to give insulation to rooms. Today, it is set up as a decorative feature to walls, ceiling, cabinetry and even furniture to add a classic cottage look. Additionally, it is available in premade sheets or even wallpaper. The elegance of this beadboard detailing can immediately add a classic country feel to any room in your home.


This beachy cabin’s back entry shows off the wildest allure of beadboard. It is neat, practical and nostalgic for a classic New England coast residence, Cape Cod or Nantucket comes to mind. White and wash on the walls as well as the ceiling, it plays nicely with the relaxing colors of sea blues. The starfishes on screen are just the right detail to finish off the look.

Witt Construction

Another mudroom application shows how beadboard is traditionally employed as wainscotting on the lower section of the wall socket. This may get hard with windows, especially if they’re around or strangely shaped. Precise creative detailing is required to frame the window and connect with the crown molding. Bring this example to your woodworker and need detailed drawings before he or she gets to do the job.

Jeanette Lunde

Beadboard isn’t a cookie cutter affair; there are numerous versions of panel widths and heights and surface programs. Seen as both a wall application and cabinetry, notice that the various widths appear cheerful and cottage-like when painted white and highlighted with vibrant decorative touches.

Witt Construction

Lots of people like to use beadboard panels not just on walls, however as backsplashes and even as kitchen cupboard doors. Not only does it provide a classic state touch when coupled with traditional hardware, such as oiled bronze cup attracts and a wood countertop, but it also allows for easy clean up. When liquids spill, they will run down the grooves of this beadboard to the floor and can easily be removed.

Design Savvy

Here is another traditional kitchen with an apron front farmhouse sink to complete the country look. The beige painted walls and stained wood floor provide a hot, hearthy glow, very different from beachy aquas.

Mahoney Architects & Interiors

Leave the beadboard as unpainted timber for a rustic flair to the clean beadboard kitchen cabinets.

Jenny Campbell

How cool is this craft space? Aside from the fact that it is a dedicated craft space for one lucky homeowner, the beadboard island is painted a neutral Paris Grey, paired with shaker style cabinets. To complete the look, metallic light fittings and engineered stone counters accent the design. Old forms are updated with new colours and materials. This layout would also work very well as a kitchen.

A way to bring beadboards from the 17th century to the 21st would be to paint them a stylish color and pair the cabinets with contemporary backsplash materials. In this laundry space, the olive gray and earthy stone mosaic backsplash tile feel modern.

Donna DuFresne Interior Design

Cheerful cottage-style beadboard wainscotting encircles the bathtub along with the ceiling to produce a dramatic juxtaposition with the darkened charcoal gray painted walls. A crystal chandelier and orchids accent the area for a luxe touch. This bath successfully marries classic with edgy, and cheerful with dim.

David Lauer Photography

Beadboard is a simple way to add decorative appeal to baths, which are normally small, and lacking in personality. An all white bathroom reads as clean and spartan, yet the beadboard wainscotting adds just enough dimension to add visual interest.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

An example of beadboard updated in the restroom. The wainscotting was retained a traditional white, but above it the walls are painted a modern cool gray with a light blue band of paint lasted from the wall to the ceiling to complete the space.

Stonebreaker Builders & Remodelers

The designer discovered a way to incorporate beadboard in this tiny updated bathroom by using it at the vanity cupboard. Painted a steely gray, it adds a wonderful pop to the otherwise generic space.

Rough Linen

Beadboard is regarded as set up vertically, but a few people decide to install it for another appearance. The feel of this weathered wood mirror and furniture works well with the feel that beadboard supplies on the wall. Painted a driftwood gray, the vignette produces a relaxing feel to the area.

Jeanette Lunde

Painted a light aqua, wider paneled beadboard makes for a exceptional accent wall in a living room.

Elliott Kaufman

Some people actually detest the present beadboard in their homes but can not justify ripping it out. Instead, they can make it disappear by painting wainscotting, walls, and ceiling the exact same colour to make it visually recede in the background. Vibrant and vibrant contemporary furniture catches all the focus and sets the tone of this space.

If you adore beadboard but are in a rental situation, or can not afford the expense of installing it on the ceilings and walls, it can be found in furniture themes too.

Hamper Bench – $279

A cute apple green hamper bench with beadboard detailing.

Southern Hospitality

Graham Brown Prepasted Beadboard Wallpaper – $25

Another economical method of incorporating beadboard to a room is via wallpaper for a textured faux beadboard.

More Inspiration:
Beautiful Details: Wainscoting and Paneled Walls
Molding: Add Texture by Detailing Your Disposition
Choose and Unusual Color for Your Trim

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