Did you know that the origins of wainscoting actually go back as far as 18th Century England? Wainscoting was used to help with the coldness and the dampness of stone walls. Today, wainscoting is used as more of a decorative element in the home or place of business.
Today, we will go a bit into depth about what wainscoting really is and how you can incorporate metal tiles into your design to create a stunning and decorative element in any room.
History of Wainscoting
Many feel that the origins date back to 16th Century England while others have reported its popularity in 18th and 19th-century Victorian design as well. It was used historically as insulation for homes before the invention of modern insulation techniques. It gets its name from the Dutch word meaning wagon and the Dutch word for partition.
Wainscoting is simply a decorative wall trim that is versatile and can suit a variety of different design styles in the home. What once was used as insulation for a home or place of business still provides us with a durable surface that can be continued to be used today.
We don’t currently use wainscoting for insulation purposes, however. Instead, we use is to make a room more visually appealing. Historically, wainscoting was also made from wood. Today, we can find it in a variety of different materials, including metal tiles.
Wainscoting is also a wall covering that only extends partway up the wall. It will typically rise to about one-third of the total height of the wall, which is around 32-inches if you are looking at an 8-foot tall wall. The top of the wainscoting is adorned with molding as well. It is most often used in dining rooms, dens, restaurants, and bars as a decorative element.
Metal Tile Wainscoting
While wainscoting is usually made from wood materials, it is now being made in a variety of different materials that lends well to different applications. Metal tile wainscoting is a good choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it is moisture-resistant and easy to clean up and maintain.
However, you don’t have to limit your metal tile wainscoting to just the kitchen and bathroom. It is versatile enough and can be used in other areas of the home as well, including hallways, the bedroom, and living areas. You can also use it in a bar, a restaurant, a conference room, and even an office!
Metal Ceiling Tiles
More and more people see how beneficial metal ceiling tiles are when they are used as wall coverings in the home or place of business. They can also be applied very easily with a mastic adhesive and is a great DIY project to take on over a weekend.
Corrugated metal wainscoting is also being used more in commercial applications as well. It is useful for breaking up a contrasting accent wall, it can add some rustic charm to the home or building and can provide some industrial contrast to an otherwise clean and modern space.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
If you have a smaller space you are working with, then you may want to find ways to make the space appear larger and more spacious than it actually is. Instead of dealing with the small space or having to knock down walls to make it bigger, you can use metal tile wainscoting to give the room the appearance that it is much larger.
Wainscoting is a great way to make the walls appear as if they are taller. It effectively draws the eye up with the taller panels and you can also choose to have floor to ceiling metal tile wainscoting. Don’t feel limited to the more traditional shorter installation of the wainscoting on the walls.
You can then incorporate other shades of color and decorative items to draw the eye into the space while maintaining focus on the “tall” walls and the vertical wainscoting method you successfully installed in the room.
As you can see, metal tile wainscoting is a very decorative and even functional addition for any home, and it should not be limited in its application. Find the tile you want and let your creativity run to create an amazing space you are excited to show off.
Metal Ceiling Express has a large assortment of metal tile options you can consider using as wainscoting or for any other home improvement project you may have on the books.