The region we serve, primarily in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, may all be in the Southeast, but each of these states has a variety of regions and favorite home decorating styles. Culturally, for instance, the mountains of North Carolina and the beach communities of South Carolina couldn’t be more different from one another. As a result of this, many materials only appeal to a fraction of our clients. Beadboard, however, is unique because it has nearly universal appeal.
This classic type of wall paneling is created with evenly spaced boards connected with tongue-and-groove fasteners. When it was originally invented centuries ago, beadboard functioned as an early form of insulation. Today, it is purely decorative, but it certainly hasn’t waned in popularity. As you read this guide, you will learn how you can incorporate beadboard into your home remodeling project no matter what your personal tastes happen to be.
- Beadboard in coastal homes – Traditional white beadboard has a decidedly beachy look that fits perfectly with most coastal decorating schemes. If, for instance, you live in a beach bungalow in Charleston, you probably have a lot of pastels, tans, and blues in your house. Beadboard meshes well with all of these and will lend an elegant feeling to a casual beachfront home. One great way to use beadboard in coastal decorating is to hang pieces on the wall and let them function as a catch-all area for sunhats, beach buckets, and wet swimsuits. Beadboard is easy to wipe down, so it doesn’t matter if it gets wet or sandy.
- Beadboard in country homes – There are many operational farms, and small towns throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, which means a lot of people in rural areas still decorate with traditional country style. Beadboard is ideal for country kitchens, where it can be used in a number of ways. It can, for instance, make an excellent backsplash because it wipes down so easily or it can be used as a facade on unattractive older cabinets. When paired with other country accents, such as bronze fixtures and warm colored walls, beadboard fits into these kinds of homes perfectly.
- Beadboard in traditional homes – In New England, many traditional homes still have original beadboard. If you are trying to bring this look to your own house, whether or not it is historic, searching online and in home decor magazines for these residences is sure to give you inspiration. Traditionalists often use beadboard as wainscotting in dining rooms, bathrooms, and formal living spaces.
- Beadboard in modern homes – If your personal tastes are on the contemporary side, you can still make beadboard work in your space. Painted beadboard has modern flair and can work with any color scheme you dream up. Some homeowners who love bold decor even decide to go with glossy black beadboard to make spaces look especially dramatic. If you’re interested in this look yourself, make sure you stick to an accent wall. Otherwise, you run the risk of the black beadboard overwhelming your room.
Hopefully, this brief guide to beadboard has helped get the ball rolling on your next home renovation project. Although the installation of beadboard can be a do-it-yourself job, contact your local interior professionals who would love to help you remodel your space.