Wainscoting wall panelling became popular during the Victorian period of the 18th and 19th century. With origins dating back to the late 1500s — the term “wainscot” refers to an excellent grade of oak imported for woodwork. By the 17th century, wainscot became a verb, “Wainscoting”, referring to wood panelling applied to a wall.
Developed initially to insulate and make rooms in stone buildings more comfortable, by the 18th century, the style of wood panelling changed from floor-to-ceiling to covering the lower portion of the wall. Traditionally constructed of tongue-and-groove boards, beaded-board or decorative panels. Wainscoting frame and panelling sat above the skirting board crowned with a Wainscoting belt rail (Dado Rail or Chair Rail).
In addition, Wainscoting became a way of protecting walls in high traffic areas; entryways, stairways and hallways. French Boiserie wood panelling, in particular, was very ornate and intricately carved.
Today Wainscoting’s purpose is purely decorative and serves to break the visual wall space. This decorative element can add flair to many decor styles and ultramodern makeovers.
At Colonial Wall Linings, we supply a range of VJ wall sheets, beaded board, Belt Rail, Wainscoting Belt Rail, Dado Rail, Chair Rail and Bolection to create your Wainscoting masterpiece.