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5 Winning Looks for Peel and Stick Wainscoting

By: Carmen Ballock-Bunt
Posted In: Design Log

Need a short and sweet fix for style-devoid walls? Wainscoting is a great option! Used for centuries, the framed wall paneling is perfect for covering up minor wall damage that’s already there, or simply protecting the wall from everyday wear and tear. No matter where the wainscoting rises to, either one-third or two-thirds up the wall, it’s a classic way to incorporate personality into a room. While beadboard and square moldings are traditional looks, they aren’t the only way to go. Peel and stick wood is another option that cuts the install time in half, since you don’t have to measure and cut molding into perfect squares then nail it all into the wall. Before you give the look a whirl, check out these winning examples of peel and stick wainscoting.

Flat Panel Wainscoting Evokes Depth

Peel and stick wainscoting wraps lower third of dining room

To help a buttoned-up formal dining room look a little more relaxed, our reclaimed weathered wood paneling used as peel and stick wainscoting is the way to go. Not only does this flat panel style of wainscoting create warmth, but it also adds depth and texture to the room.The multi-toned hue and flush cut of the peel and stick wood planks create a cohesive look that’s casual yet sophisticated. Paired with a rolling cart of libations and some colorful modern art, this room is ready to entertain.

Wood Wainscoting Adds Cozy Charm to Cool Colored Rooms

weathered wood peel and stick wainscoting creates balance in gray colored entryway

Up the coziness quotient by installing peel and stick wood wainscoting throughout a cool colored room. Cool colors can inspire tranquility, but if too many are used at once, it can look cold and unfriendly. By creatively incorporating warm colors and textures, you can envelop the people in your home with hygge -- the feeling of coziness when you’re sipping tea in front of a warm fire on a cold, rainy day. This entryway is the perfect example! The designers used peel and stick wood paneling to add rustic charm to the lower third of this vaulted foyer. The silver gray streaks that run through the weathered wood compliment the gray walls, while the warm chocolatey browns in the wood add warmth to the space.

Board and Batten Wainscoting Adds Pastoral Charm

Light colored peel and stick wainscoting installed vertically wraps around small half bathroom.

Fly to the French countryside — no ticket required — by mounting board and batten peel and stick wainscoting in a bathroom outfitted with industrial pipe shelves, bottle vases, and a board and batten-inspired sink cabinet that look like they came straight out of a cottage in Alsace. Board and batten wainscoting usually consists of vertical beadboards that are punctuated by strips of wood called “battens”. Battens hide the seams between the boards, however the flush cut of the Reclaimed Weathered Wood White paneling on this wainscot bathroom wall eliminates the seams, so battens aren’t needed!

Colorblocked Wainscoting Heightens Contrast

White peel and stick wood adhered to lower third of entryway creates beachy vibe

Don’t be afraid to veer from the classic color combination of peel and stick wainscoted walls: wood-colored panels with white molding. This low-key lounge bravely marries Hamptons peel and stick wood paneling with natural wood molding. The coastal-meets-rustic wainscoted wall, oak floors, antique sea green clock, and themed cushions evoke the look and feel of a cool California bungalow by the beach.

Use a Smooth Surface Wood for a Modern Look

smooth surface peel and stick wainscoting creates mid-century modern vibe around fireplace This lower-third wainscoting is anything but classic. Vandyke wood planks, with sizzling scarlet undertones and smooth face, add a mid-century modern flair to the room when used as peel and stick wainscoting. While the room may be ablaze with color, the optional fire treatment on the wainscoting will ensure that nothing else alights. It’s topped with a clean metal trim, which further enhances the modern look. Ready to DIY your own wainscoted walls? Stop by the Stikwood workbench to figure out how much peel and stick wood you’ll need for your reclaimed wood walls.


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