Beadboard Panel Ideas

Jan Czech

Although traditional beadboard paneling consists of narrow tongue and groove wood planks, as of 2011, it is also available in vinyl and wood composite materials.

Beadboard is a type of wood paneling.

Beadboard is often associated with cottage, bungalow and country décor but can be used as an architectural feature or decorative accent in any room in your home.


Beadboard backsplashes or cupboard doors painted in Colonial colors, like muted reds or mustard, add country flair to your kitchen; for a cottage feel, paint the boards white and couple them with pale blue or yellow walls. Wrapping a kitchen island with beadboard add a casual touch to a traditional kitchen or you can go contemporary with beadboard paneling painted with shiny black enamel and displayed behind sleek, white cupboards. Beadboard walls add texture and interest to a breakfast nook; paint them grass green to coordinate with sunny yellow cabinets for a morning wake-up call.


Highlight a Victorian style bathroom with white beadboard wainscoting topped by a shelf holding a collection of vintage toiletry bottles. A country bathroom will shine when you surround the tub and clad the walls with white beadboard. For more interest, add a stenciled border. Build storage shelves and line their insides with beadboard painted a contrasting color that pops against white towels and accessories.

Dining Room

Bring a traditional flair to your dining room with beadboard wainscoting stained deep mahogany. Install it 3/4 of the way up the walls and top it with a shelf used to display china platters and plates. If your style is more casual, mount the paneling halfway up the wall, top it with a chair rail, and stencil or wallpaper a border above it. Wallpaper or paint a Victorian dining room and trim the windows and doors with richly stained beadboard. Dark beadboard on the ceiling provides contrast to a crystal chandelier.


If you’re looking for a new headboard, hang beadboard panels horizontally above the bed. Top them with a shelf or a quilt for more interest. Mount a vintage fireplace surround above the bed and fill the opening with beadboard. Paint the boards the same color as the surround or choose a different hue to make them pop. Painting or stenciling a picture on the beadboard will add a unique flair. Cladding the ceiling in weathered white paneling as a backdrop for a shabby chic chandelier adds a sense of romance to the room.

Living Room

Flanking the fireplace with built-in shelves lined in beadboard helps create a focal point for the room, while beadboard wainscoting topped with a chair rail adds a traditional touch. Painting the paneling warm earth tones, like gold or olive green, visually warms the room while evoking a Tuscan style. Add boldness to a contemporary design with a beadboard accent wall painted deep red and surrounded on three sides with walls of pale grey. A low ceiling appears taller when clad in white beadboard.