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47 Stylish Beadboard Home Decor Ideas
Few design elements are as versatile as beadboard. Beadboard originated in England four centuries ago with the practical purpose of keeping heat inside the house, and outside dampness at bay. It is said that early English settlers brought the design to the U.S. to remind them of the “history and architectural character” of the homes they left behind. Both sophisticated and beachy, beadboard adds architectural character, grace, and charm to your home as a featured presence or a seaside accent.
Beadboard was originally made of evenly spaced, wooden tongue and groove planks that interlocked with ridges or “beads” between each one. In this style of wainscoting, the panels were lined up vertically on an interior wall and typically covered the lower 3 to 4 feet, the same height as most chair backs (hence nicknamed a “chair rail”). Over time, beadboard evolved into a decorative treatment used throughout the home. In the 1800s, kitchen cupboards often used beadboard as a backdrop for special china or keepsakes displayed inside.
a chic coastal bedroom with a white beadboard wall, wooden furniture, potted plants and greenery, a round mirror and comfy textiles
a chic vintage-inspired bedroom with white and navy beadboard fully covering the wall, a black forged bed and a wooden nightstand
Today, beadboard is available in varying profiles and panel widths and can be purchased in large, carefully milled sheets. Because humidity is hard on wood, you will often see beadboard of MDF, which comes in ready-to paint sheets, generally 4 feet high by 8 feet wide. MDF takes paint very well, does not expand or contract, and is a rugged as oak.
a contrasting bedroom with black walls, white beadboard, an upholstered bed, wooden and wicker touches and branches
a cool bathroom with blue beadboard walls and a white beadboard ceiling, a white vanity, a mirror in a stained frame
a countryside living room clad with yellow beadboard and with white beadboard on the cieling, a white sofa and printed pillows
a farmhouse powder room clad with dark green beadboard, a stained vanity, a white countertop, gold touches
a laundry room clad with green beadboard, with a green tile floor, open shelves and chic vintage chandeliers
a lovely bedroom with a midnight blue beadboard accent wall, a white bed with black and white bedding, a stained nightstand
a modern farmhouse bathroom with light green beadboard, a stained vanity, a black hex tile floor and a bold rug
a modern farmhouse bedroom with a black beadboard wall, light stained furniture, much natural light and layered rugs
a modern farmhouse neutral bedroom clad with neutral beadboard, with a vintage stained bed and printed bedding
a moody vintage-inspired bathroom with hunter green walls and beadboard, a black tub, a tile floor and a free-standing sink plus touches of brass
a neutral attic bedroom with a grey beadboard ceiling and walls, a vintage bed with printed bedding, some artwork
a neutral bedroom done with off-white beadboard, a vintage makeup table and a stool, a mirror in a matching frame
Beadboard is widely used in home decor: it can be applied to the walls in any room, though more often you will see it in bedrooms, bathrooms and mudrooms; it can be applied to the ceiling, backsplash or kitchen facades. Beadboard can be placed horizontally or vertically on the walls, and you may paint it any color you like. Get inspired by the ideas in this roundup and make your home more elegant with beadboard!
a neutral bedroom with beadboard on the walls, a neutral bed with neutral bedding, a vintage nightstand and a brass sconce
a neutral bedroom with neutral beadboard, a wooden desk and chair, some vintage touches here and there