Beadboard is a series of narrow wooden boards that are lined up vertically (sometimes horizontally) on the wall. Between each wooden board there is a small indentation or a comb – also known as a “pearl”.
Standard beadboard is available in widths of 1.5 “and 3”. The size is determined by the width of the flat area between the beads. You can also have custom widths created. Beadboard is usually installed vertically, although some people install it horizontally for a different look. Beadboard provides a stable wall or ceiling surface and insulates a wall. Beadboard can be used for ceilings, walls and closets. It can cover an entire wall or it can be used as a cladding that only covers the lower part of the wall. Beadboard adds visual interest to any distant blank wall. It is relatively durable, an inexpensive alternative to tile, can be painted in any color and installed at any height.
While you often see it in traditional or rustic settings, beadboard doesn’t have to have a cute country feel to it. it can be positive slim and cool. You can often see beadboards in bedrooms, entryways, kitchens (see our beadboard backsplash summary), bathrooms, and other rooms to give them a cool, homely, and a bit of vintage feel. Such a decor will literally go with any style, not just rustic or farmhouses – you can incorporate it into modern, minimalist, contemporary, industrial and many other styles by choosing the right colors and sizes. Check out some ideas we’ve gathered for you and get inspired to use them in your home too.