Wainscoting In Bathrooms: 25 Stylish Ideas

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Wainscoting is installing wooden trim and panels in a pattern along the wall. It is topped off with a horizontal strip of molding that spans the circumference of a room. We’ve already shared such ideas a couple of years ago, and as this kind of decor is on and gaining popularity now I’d like to go back to the topic and have a look at wainscoting in particular: in bathrooms.

Wainscoting in bathrooms may be used as a decorative element, as insulation or to prevent or cover up water damage on walls and it can be installed at any height. It can be added as a means to unify a bathroom’s decor and to create a cohesive and matching design and though you may say that it’s outdated, it’s not so – it’s widely used not only in traditional and rustic spaces but also in glam, contemporary, Scandinavian and many more – it can be styled for literally every space.

black wainscoting adds a more dramatic feel to this small and moody powder room

black wainscoting adds a more dramatic feel to this small and moody powder room

a vintage bathroom with a free-standing bathtub and black wainscoting that saves the walls form water

a vintage bathroom with a free-standing bathtub and black wainscoting that saves the walls form water

an art deco bathroom with burgundy wainscoting that makes a cool bold statement

an art deco bathroom with burgundy wainscoting that makes a cool bold statement

a modern farmhouse bathroom with tall powder blue wainscoting for adding color to the space

a modern farmhouse bathroom with tall powder blue wainscoting for adding color to the space

a farmhouse bathroom with graphite grey wainscoting that matches the floor tiles

a farmhouse bathroom with graphite grey wainscoting that matches the floor tiles

a chic bathroom with a rustic feel and powder blue wainscoting that adds an ethereal feel

a chic bathroom with a rustic feel and powder blue wainscoting that adds an ethereal feel

wainscoting is ideal for a girlish vintage bathroom to add chic and a refined feel

wainscoting is ideal for a girlish vintage bathroom to add chic and a refined feel

Wainscoting is an unusual alternative to wall tiles, it costs less and makes the space feel comfortable and welcoming like a living room, besides it adds an elegant touch at once. Besides, it’s a great idea for vintage, shabby chic and rustic spaces that look better with wainscoting than with tiles if you want to make it more styled. It can be installed at any height, and if you have a free-standing bathtub – cover the space around it, or around the sink, for example, to save your walls from being dump. Wainscoting can be painted to match the walls, the furniture and all sorts of other elements in the room.

wainsocting here is an alternative to usual tiles and helps to recreate a vintage style in the bathroom

wainsocting here is an alternative to usual tiles and helps to recreate a vintage style in the bathroom

install wainscoting to protect the walls from the water - it's a great idea for a free-standing bathtub like this one

install wainscoting to protect the walls from the water - it's a great idea for a free-standing bathtub like this one

this vintage space is made more welcoming and cozy with wainscoting, which also divides the spaces

this vintage space is made more welcoming and cozy with wainscoting, which also divides the spaces

protect the wallpaper on the walls installing wainscoting to keep the walls dry

protect the wallpaper on the walls installing wainscoting to keep the walls dry

an ocean-inspired bathroom with wainscoting that protects the wallpaper and makes the bathroom feel vintage

an ocean-inspired bathroom with wainscoting that protects the wallpaper and makes the bathroom feel vintage

a vintage-styled bathroom with lavender-colored wainscoting installed rather high

a vintage-styled bathroom with lavender-colored wainscoting installed rather high

black tall wainscoting is a dominating decor feature in this bathroom that makes the space look bold

black tall wainscoting is a dominating decor feature in this bathroom that makes the space look bold

protect the walls of your bathroom next to the bathtub with elegant wainscoting, which is ideal for a glam space

protect the walls of your bathroom next to the bathtub with elegant wainscoting, which is ideal for a glam space

Paint the bathroom wainscoting in a color that defines the theme you’ve chosen for the space. For example, if you want a natured-inspired decor or a zen or spa ambiance, you can work with tones of green, beige and grey combined with white. You can match the wainscoting to your bathroom cabinetry if you intend to create a uniform and cohesive interior decor with a dominating accent color. Or go vice versa to create a bold contrasting look! Add a touch of color to the space using bold wainscoting that can not match any other items in the bathroom.

black and white printed wallpaper contrasts white wainscoting creating drama

black and white printed wallpaper contrasts white wainscoting creating drama

chalkboard-styled wallpaper is completed with grey wainscoting to make the space lighter

chalkboard-styled wallpaper is completed with grey wainscoting to make the space lighter

white wainscoting matches the furniture and appliances and creates a fresh feel with blue walls

white wainscoting matches the furniture and appliances and creates a fresh feel with blue walls

black walls, white wainscoting and a black marble floor for a bold contrasting look

black walls, white wainscoting and a black marble floor for a bold contrasting look

add a touch of color with wainscoting, here it's olive green in a neutral vintage space

add a touch of color with wainscoting, here it's olive green in a neutral vintage space

neutral wainscoting adds a textural look to the bathroom matching the walls and floor

neutral wainscoting adds a textural look to the bathroom matching the walls and floor

tall neutral wainscoting matching the walls and floors adds an elegant feel

tall neutral wainscoting matching the walls and floors adds an elegant feel

bold blue wainscoting creates a chic contrast and adds a chic touch to the space

bold blue wainscoting creates a chic contrast and adds a chic touch to the space

an eclectic space with exposed brick and navy wainscoting for a unique and super bold look

an eclectic space with exposed brick and navy wainscoting for a unique and super bold look