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A History of Wainscoting
Wainscoting (or wainscotting) is defined as decorative paneling Placed beneath a chair rail or wainscot cap. There are many types of applications one of the most common is when stiles and rails are used to form boxes, which are adorned using elegant molding.
Common materials used include: various types of wood, MDF (medium density fiberboard), plaster and even marble.
It was originally used in 16th century England to cover the lower part of walls when homes were not built to resist rising dampness. However, it is now used as a way to decorate major rooms in upscale homes.
Due to its rich, linear qualities and elegant patterns, it is mostly chosen by designers who want to add a sense of history and substantive charm to a room.
Applying wainscoting to a home is an intricate process that sometimes requires the knowledge and skill of an experienced professional. But new solutions are making it easier for do-it-yourselfers to install wainscoting.
It was mostly found in upscale dwellings such as country estates, villas, mansions and castles but is now widely used in many of today's homes.
See different applications of wainscoting in the gallery.