Shaker, wainscoting, beadboard…if you aren’t familiar with these terms now, you will be an expert by the end of this article.

All the above are types of wall paneling which can greatly add dimension, interest and character to a room without breaking the bank. They best part is that with a little patience, you can DIY most of these paneling types yourself.


Classic Wall Panel 

Here are six of the most common forms of wall paneling.


Shaker paneling is a type of wainscoting (below). The panels look like a square board with a sunken square in the middle. It’s ideal for most rooms since the paneling can look both traditional and contemporary. Shaker is best installed in a room with a chair rail and without many cabinets or breaks in the wall. Be sure to measure the whole length of the wall from corners to door as well as the height between the baseboard and chair rail.

Shaker Wall Paneling


Wainscot panels consist of vertical tongue and groove wooden boards broken into squares that run the length of the wall. More traditional than shaker paneling, wainscot brings a fresh, countryside feel, perfect for a kitchen or mudroom. Buying pre-cut lumber will make this job easier, so once you measure the length of each wall, calculate the number of panels that would look best for your room.

Wainscoting Wall Panel


Similar to wainscoting, beadboard paneling runs the length of the wall. It isn’t necessarily made out of wood, making it a more affordable paneling. The continuous design also makes beadboard a great paneling for ceilings, higher paneling or paneling that covers the whole wall.

Beadboard Wall Panel


One of the more utilitarian of the period style panelings, the Edwardian paneling is ideal for a contemporary space. The single vertical panels give the impression of a taller space while the ornamental grooving around the panel add elegance. The paneling can also be broken into two separate rectangles to add more visual interest.

Edwardian Wall Panel


Renaissance paneling gives a modern illusion of the ornate panels that adorn renaissance palaces. They’re much bigger than any of the other panelings and often decorate entire walls with large, defined rectangles. Usually a larger panel is stacked on top of a smaller one to give the illusion of a soaring ceiling.

Renaissance Wall Paneling


Craftsman paneling inspires a quality handcrafted look with clean lines. The panels are designed to look as though wood strips were layered in squares over a wooden wall. At over six feet tall, these panels grab attention with their cabin-like feel. Adorning the top of the paneling is usually an elegant plate rail that you can use to display paintings, collections or eye-catching trinkets.

Craftsman Wall Panel

These are just a few of the types of wall panelings available to you, so do your research! The right paneling can perfectly accent a room and reflect your personal style, and since most are easily available at home improvement stores, your new room is just a drive away.

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