How to Use Wainscot & Interior Trims to Spruce up Your Home

Just the installation of a shaker panel wainscoting can make a tremendous difference to the room. So far so good! But then again, that’s not the only decorative element in the room. There might be door openings dressed with molding, window casing, and ceiling moldings. And then again the wainscoting most likely has a chair rail and base.

Now, the secret of making the room inviting, charming, and welcoming is to blend all these interior trims nicely together. Not step on each other’s toes or trespass the area righteously belonging to the opening casing by extending the flat panel.

Why it’s crucial to focus on the right trim and wainscoting installation


Cover the door casing with the shaker and you will cancel its purpose! Bring the panel too high in a low ceiling room and you will feel the ceiling suffocating you. It’s easy to make mistakes when you install wainscoting and interior trims. It’s also easy to fall into small traps when you decorate the room. Take the simple example of hanging drapes. The newest trend has them hung at the highest point possible. This is a useful interior design trick when you want to take the ceiling up. But if the room is high, there is no point!

The right size of the wainscoting panels, the width of the crown molding, the overall size and style of door and window casing are all important to the balance in the room. Choose the wrong size and you will easily break the harmony needed to make the room friendly and soothing to the eye.

Don’t just choose any wainscoting design

There is a reason why there are so many wainscoting design ideas. There are also different types of door and window trims. There is a handful of crown molding profiles. There are two ways to approach this matter.


  • Choose based on the room’s style. You might get a beadboard for the kitchen or bathroom, but chances are you would want a more elegant solution for your dining room – unless this is your summer house. Bead board panels will bring a cottage style in the room. A shaker is far more elegant.
  • Choose by matching the wainscoting design with the design of the rest of the trims. They don’t have to be identical, but it would be nice to be similar. Classic or modern, wainscoting and trims must all follow the same route. It will be out of place to install a super-modern panel with a Victorian style crown moulding.

Painting wainscoting panels and trims the right color is crucial

More often than not, we leave color choices last. We don’t think about the color of our flat panel wainscoting and door trims till it’s time to paint them. Or, we don’t paint them at all. We buy them in a wooden or white color and let them be. But color schemes make all the difference to the actual visual effects. Too dark in a small room, which hardly gets any natural light, and the room will be turned into a depressing man cave.

What you need to consider is whether or not you want contrasting colors or not. That’s as far as the raised panel and remaining wall are concerned. The rest of the trims should be painted the same color. If you choose white, stick with it for the window and door casing, the chair rail, and the base. Paint the crown moulding white and let it stand out no matter what color the wall and ceiling are. But don’t forget that rules are made to be broken. It all depends on the structural elements in each room and the visual effects desired. offered so many wainscoting styles that you can consider for making an excellent decoration for your home.

Small tricks for a big interior decorating impact

Don’t forget that trims are there to highlight the structural elements and create the needed balance. Think of the door and window casing as the frame of your openings. The crown molding pinpoints the end of the wall and the beginning of the ceiling. The fireplace mantel makes this focal point of the room stand out and should blend nicely and smoothly with the wall panels.

It’s all about improving the architectural style of the room by focusing on such decorative elements. So use these tricks to make your efforts worth the while:

  • Take sides. Want a classic wainscoting? Choose if you want a Victorian, baroque, or minimal style and stick with it.
  • Make sure the size of all trims is balanced and wall paneling is lower when the ceiling is not tall.
  • Choose colors to match the character of the room but also use them to enlarge the room or lower the ceiling. Bring the ceiling down by painting the wall above the panel dark colors. Make the room look bigger by painting the trims the same or lighter color than the wall.
  • Crown molding installation is not needed in a short room. If you just want to bring the ceiling higher, paint the molding in a darker shade than the ceiling.

There are all sorts of trim and wainscoting interior design ideas. But you should focus on the needs of each room first to see how to use such moldings to accomplish your architectural style goals.