Trim Carpentry: Wainscoting

Trim Carpentry: Wainscoting

When you walk in the Room Co., there are a few things you can always count on: passionate designers, inspiration for your home and a unique story.

 The Room Co.

The Room Co.

The unique story behind the Room Co. is that it isn’t your average design center. The building itself is a historical farmhouse built in 1898 in Northern Utah. The exterior architecture was designed after what is known as Queen Anne style (1880-1910). A defining characteristic of Queen Anne style is: wainscoting.  Erin Ebert, founder and interior designer of The Room Co. remolded the interior of the farmhouse with a stunning modern feel, but also included wainscoting throughout the interior, which complimented the Queen Anne exterior design of the home.

Normally, wainscoting covers partly up the wall and is a decorative panel that can dress up any room, whether it is an interior or exterior of a home. The beauty that this type of trim carpentry displays has made it popular not only in Queen Anne style homes, but in any style of home.

Adding wainscoting to your exterior is a simple and easy process to add character and beauty, cover unsightly exposed brick or concrete, or to bring together a design plan. 


 For the interior of your home, typically, wainscoting is installed in dining areas, entryways, stairways, bedrooms, family rooms and dens. It can be made of solid wood, plastic, plywood and fiberboards.  There are 6 main types of wainscoting: beadboard, wall paneled, raised panel, Flat Panel, Overlay, Board and Batten,

1. Beadboard: thin boards placed directly next to each other.

2. Wall Paneled: no panel but uses the existing drywall

3. Raised Panel: panels are in front of the styles and rails, giving a raised look.

4.  Flat Panel: panels behind the styles and rails, with no beveled edges giving it a deeper look.

5. Overlay Panel: is a mix of flat panel and raised panel wainscoting, sometimes lined by molding.

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6. Board and Batten:  flat panel and taller vertical boards to cover seams and styles, with each additional board known as battens

In summary, wainscoting is a perfect way to add detail and dress up any room.