Beadboard paneling is a popular way to cover walls in a home. It is different to other panels on the market such as hardwood and bamboo because it is made up of a variety of materials including wood and MDF. This makes it cheaper, more durable and less susceptible to rot and mold. It is one of the most popular panels used in the home due to its low cost and strength, and it can also be used on the ceiling, whole wall or just on a portion at the bottom.
The appearance of beadboard is very distinctive. There are grooves that run down the length of each piece which give the panel its recognizable look. This texture means that the panels create a 3D effect in the room, and work well even when painted over. Although the panels do have to be installed piece by piece – taking quite a while when working with the smaller 1.5 inch panels – they are very visually enticing and worth the effort to install. Another thing to take into consideration is the accuracy of the work, as a steady hand will be needed to make the installation look right.
Panels of beadboard are commonly seen in older homes and farmhouses. This is a fact that has not escaped hotel and guesthouse owners, as they frequently use this design to add age or authenticity to their room themes. In conjunction with paper, beadboard wainscoting can be a very strong and appealing look in a room. It can even be used to cover old, damaged areas of the lower portion of the wall, making the room look as good as new again.