From Decatur to Dunwoody to Sandy Springs, there are many homes around Atlanta that have been around for decades. And while certain architectural styles, such as Arts and Crafts are rather ubiquitous in the area, it’s possible to update your charming Atlanta home with something refreshing.
A touch of architectural detail in the kitchen can give the room that final touch that makes it look completely finished and put-together. Beadboard wainscoting is a feature often seen in hallways, bathrooms and main living rooms, but it can also have a place in the kitchen.
Beadboard is a durable and detailed material that can be painted or stained to fit any design scheme. It is easy to install and can fit in a wide variety of design applications. Often, beadboard is used in the bathroom area and painted with a water-resistant high-gloss paint as an alternative to tile. The same features of durability and water-resistance that make it an ideal bathroom material also help it to perform well in the kitchen.
There are two main types of beadboard from which to choose. You can install individual boards that fit together with tongue and groove joints or you can opt for entire sheets of pre-manufactured beadboard, where the characteristic joints are simply carved into the wood. Tongue in groove beadboard panels do take longer to install, but they tend to be of a higher quality and many people feel they look much better. They also have plenty of space to allow for the natural expansion and contraction that occur throughout the seasons. Panels are more affordable and much easier to install, but its quality is also lower than tongue and groove.
Beadboard has many potential uses in a kitchen. It can be applied as a backsplash in place of tile, or you can use it on cabinet doors for a more unique look than the popular slab or recessed style doors. Beadboard can also be used on the kitchen island to create contrast with the other cabinetry, which is currently a very popular kitchen design decision.
For information about integrating beadboard details into your kitchen, contact us at Renewal Design-Build.