Installing wooden panels or wooden boards on the bottom third of a wall adds texture and visual interest to a room. Such panels, or wainscoting, also protect walls from dings and scratches that are caused by table chairs or furniture bumping against the wall. Decorating a kitchen with wainscot is a rewarding home improvement project because the wooden texture makes the room feel warm and inviting and provides a rustic, country, cottage or colonial theme to work with.
A cheerful way to decorate and combine colors in your kitchen is to paint wainscoting a different color from the rest of your walls. You might paint your wainscoting a slightly darker shade than your upper walls to create depth and creativity in the space. For example, you might paint the wainscot a deep Wedgewood blue and paint the top section of the walls a lighter gray-blue. You can also contrast wainscoting with your walls by painting them bright white and painting your upper walls a color that coordinates with your kitchen motif, such as beige, golden yellow, light brown, soft gray, cherry red or sage green.
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