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Creating the interior design of a home or business can be a complex and difficult process. The designer must take into account not only the size of a room, but the age of the home and the budget of the homeowner. A popular style that can be used in almost any design is wainscoting. Wainscoting is a broad term that can encompass multiple materials and designs within a certain technique. The official definition of wainscoting is to cover the middle or lower half of a wall with wood; but wallpaper can also be used. This technique originated sometime during the 1500s, and has evolved and advanced along with changing styles, materials, manufacturing techniques, and building methods. What hasn’t changed however, is the classic beauty that wainscoting can bring to a home.

When shopping for the material for your wainscoting project, you will be faced with the enjoyable task of choosing between beadboard paneling, tongue and groove paneling, raised paneling, flat paneling, MDF paneling, vinyl paneling, or solid wood paneling. In addition to the style, you must choose what finish you would like; natural and rich stains, or colorful and striking paints. The following articles will educate you on the differences between the various materials and styles, and hopefully lead to a more satisfying and successful project.

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