Wainscoting Ideas – Materials

Deciding on what materials you want to furnish your wainscoting ideas in can be vital. Whilst traditionally ‘wood’ is the answer to the question “what material do you want your wainscotting in” it is actually a problem answer for 2 reasons

  1. Many times people simply haven’t considered what options there are available for wainscoting. Instead they just go with what they see as traditional – wood.
  2. What type of wood do you mean? There are so many different types of wood – all having a different look and ‘personality’. Simply saying wooden wainscotting isn’t exact enough.

Since the material plays a big part in deciding what wainscoting ideas put into practice look like it becomes vital that you give it due consideration.

What Materials Can be Used?

So in creating wainscoting what sort of materials can you choose from? Actually there are a wide range of options available.

  1. Metal. Like wood not a great answer, as various metals have various ‘looks’. But various metals have become very popular amongst those that like to fit wainscoting.
  2. Ceramics. A bit more ‘old school’ this, but ceramics are being used more and more widely in wainscotting. With their ability to trap heat ceramics are also being used not only for their stylish look but their ability to help reduce heating costs as well.
  3. Oak. Whilst saying ‘wood’ means very little saying ‘oak’ gives a feeling of warmth, of old school luxury and of an olde worlde style. Oak is often a great choice for wainscoting.
  4. Beech. A far lighter wood than the deeper oak. The beech wood is a lighter, more modern looking wood that has become very popular who want a more ‘lightweight’ feel to their rooms.

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