Interior Painting Tips | Ideas for Painting Wainscoting

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wainscoting is a classic, beautiful feature of many fine homes in the Portland metropolitan area. It adds a sense of stateliness and a level of detail that can set a home apart from its neighbors. In many houses, the walls and wainscoting are painted a simple white. However, is there more you can do with wainscoting? Absolutely! We are happy to share some ideas with you for how your wainscoting and walls can be painted for a more individual, attractive appearance.

Solid Colors for Wainscoting and Walls

The simplest way to add visual interest to your rooms is to paint your wainscoting one solid color, and the walls a contrasting color. For example, bright white wainscoting looks fantastic with a rich brown, an ocean blue, or a deep red on the upper part of the wall. Another beautiful option that is showing up in designer plans is to have silver-gray wainscoting with a light gray or white wall. Whatever color you choose for the wainscoting, the crown molding should be the same.

Patterned Wallpaper with Wainscoting

If your wainscoting is a clear, bright white, another option that looks very sharp with this is to use a patterned wallpaper on the upper part of the wall. Since the wallpaper is only going to cover 1/2 to 2/3 of the wall, you can choose an intricate pattern without worrying that the room will feel too busy.

Painting Frames and Panels for Wainscoting

While some types of wainscoting are quite simple, the more elegant varieties are created from a series of frames and panels. To make the most of this level of carpentry detail, you can have the wainscoting painted in more than one color. The most common choice would be to paint most of the wainscoting one color, but to choose one repeating detail (a frame) to paint a second color.

Interior Painting Services for the Portland Metropolitan Area

Deciding on your paint colors and overall interior design can be a complicated process, but at least it is easy to choose your local house painting contractor! Sundeleaf Painting has been serving the Portland region since 1930, and we specialize in fine craftsmanship for elegant homes.

Offering interior painting, exterior painting, power washing, concrete cleaning, wood restoration and refinishing, and more, Sundeleaf Painting is the company to call for your house painting needs.

Sundeleaf Painting, Inc.
2037 SE Ochoco Street
Portland, Oregon 97222
(503) 236-9797

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