Beadboard Panel Ideas

Beth Asaff
bedroom with beadboard
Beadboard Paneling

Beadboard panels are a type of thin wooden board covered in distinctive, evenly spaced grooves. They have been around since the 1800s and can be used in a variety of ways, from the traditional to the inspirational. Today's beadboard panels are lightweight and inexpensive, as well as simple for a handy do-it-yourselfer to use.

Traditional Beadboard Panel Ideas

Beadboard is first and foremost a wall covering, although it can be used to cover other items as well.

Wainscot and Wall Panels

Beadboard can be used on the walls in one of three ways:

  • As a waist-high wainscot, traditionally topped with a chair rail
  • As a shoulder-high wainscot topped with a molding
  • As a complete wall covering from floor to ceiling

All three give a country or shabby chic look to an area and work well in areas such as mudrooms, bathrooms and family rooms. For more interest, try running the panels horizontally rather than vertically.

Ceiling Panels

Beadboard Ceiling

Beadboard can also be used as a ceiling cover. Run the slats across the ceiling in the same direction as floor boards to help give a sense of continuity to a room, and paint it in a coordinating color to the walls. If you have ceiling beams, run the beadboard between them in either direction to add some interest and texture to the room.

Cabinet Door Insets

Beadboard cabinets are a great addition to country style bathrooms and kitchens. The beadboard panel can be laid behind a shaker-style door frame to add some texture to the cabinet door. To further show off the grooves, glaze the doors so the grooves appear darker, or distress the finish once it's dry.

Kitchen Island Paneling

Many kitchen islands and peninsulas have large sections where no drawers or doors are placed. In some cases, decorative panels are installed to help tie it in to the rest of the kitchen, but in many cases these panels are left bare. Cover them in beadboard paneling for an instant facelift and design element.

Kitchen Backsplash

If your kitchen uses open shelving or a plain shaker cabinet door, a great way to complement the country or farmhouse look is to install beadboard as a backsplash. Simply paint the beadboard the same color as the cabinets or shelving for a subtle, grooved effect.

Creative Beadboard Panel Ideas

Beadboard headboard

Beadboard is so lightweight it can be cut and shaped easily, making it the perfect material and accent for a variety of projects.

Make a Headboard

If your bed has no attached headboard, try making a faux headboard out of beadboard. Cut and shape it to the correct size, paint or stain it to coordinate with your bedroom furniture and nail or glue it to the wall behind your bed.

Line a Bookcase

Beadboard paneling looks great as the interior of a cabinet, a bookcase or a closet. Painted in a contrasting color to the exterior of the piece, the beadboard adds visual excitement, depth and warmth.

Bathtub Surround Decking

If you have a large soaking tub in your bathroom, complete with a tub deck, consider lining the front of the deck with beadboard panels. If your current surround is acrylic or outdated tiles, this can be a great way to add new life to the room.

Where to Buy Beadboard

Beadboard has become a very popular home improvement material. It can be purchased at any home improvement store. However, if you want more ideas on how and where to use breadboard, visit these companies online:

Finally, there are companies like Elite Trimworks that sell beadboard installation kits. These kits come in red oak, hard maple and cherry and are pre-sanded for staining and painting. These kits allow you to take your beadboard panel ideas and turn them into reality in just a few days.

Add Some Country Appeal to Your Home

Beadboard is a fast and easy way to add some charm to any room of your home. Install it anywhere for instant interest, depth and country appeal.

Beadboard Panel Ideas