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Wainscoting is paneling, traditionally made of wood, applied to walls. Normally it is applied to the lower section of a wall as you see in this room. To achieve this look, vertical and horizontal sections of wood have been placed over flat wood panels. The paneling in this room creates a beautiful foil for the mural above.
Wainscoting looks just as great in the formal areas of our home as it does in a study or a more casual setting. It can stop at chair rail height or run higher as shown here.
In this formal dining room, picture molding has been added giving it a completely different look from the dining room above.
Because wainscoting, especially beadboard, is so popular in bathrooms, manufacturers have come out with wainscoting made from PVC or engineered wood. It holds up beautifully in areas of high humidity. And when painted, it looks like real wood paneling.