The Simple, Affordable, Yet Totally Transformative Addition Your Bathroom Needs

When considering a bathroom redo (whether full-on reno or just a weekend-warrior refresh), you’ll want to know all the options that are available to you. You can go all out with tile, or run with a fun, printed wallpaper. Or maybe just stick with a simple paint color that sets the right mood. Even better though, is an option that’s worth serious consideration: beadboard. Super affordable, this type of wainscoting (check out this helpful article on the difference between the often interchanged terms) is sure to bring a refined and classic look – not to mention tons of character – to your bathroom. Here are 10 rooms to get your beadboard-centric creative juices flowing.

You might have immediately thought “white” when we first mentioned beadboard, but we’re starting this post off in a way that’ll hopefully shake your preconceived notions of what the paneling can look like in your home. The peachy pink painted beadboard in Ariel’s bathroom totally shakes things up.

Take a cue from Kristen and Michelle’s amazing, soothing bathroom, and add a ledge atop your beadboard for a little more storage. (Be sure the paneling comes up high enough so that the shelf doesn’t hit your head every time you’re on the porcelain throne.)

After your eye moves past the insanely amazing blush dresser-turned-sink console in this bathroom from Wit & Delight, you’ll notice the subtle texture of the beadboard. It carries on the sweet, vintage-y French country style that began with the dresser.

Matching your beadboard to your wall color, particularly when it’s a delicious putty-like gray similar to the hue in this bathroom seen on HGTV , is a way to keep the look modern and crisp.

Okay, so this is not beadboard (in fact, it’s shiplap), but the horizontal lines of the wide planks used in this bathroom spotted on Magnolia Market make the tight space feel wider than it is, all while adding beadboard’s signature architectural character.

Who said you have to chose between tile and beadboard? You absolutely can have both. The dual material look is executed perfectly in this bathroom by Sarah Richardson Design. The thin strip of thumbnail-sized marble tiles is a great economical way of building the more luxe material into your space without busting your budget.

Want to go for a moody vibe in your powder room or bathroom, but are afraid of going all-in? Pair a dark paint color with a classic white beadboard, as seen in this bathroom via Home With Baxter, and you’re golden.

Here’s another example of how a smart combination can allow you to bring in a touch of a material – wallpaper – that otherwise could possibly budget-busting. You need far less of that expensive wallpaper you’ve been eyeing for the last two years if the other 2/3 of the wall are affordable beadboard. (The classic French toile in this bathroom from French Country Cottage has us wanting to give this look a go, ASAP.)

Another gorgeous bathroom, with another partial wall of wallpaper, this time from Better Homes & Gardens. The juxtaposition of the geometry of the beadboard’s vertical lines with the free-flowing rounded curves of wallpaper pattern make this particular combination very visually compelling.

And for something totally different, if you get good light in your bathroom, why not try a super sexy all-black wall and beadboard combo as seen on Design*Sponge? It’ll make the other whites feel even more crisp and spa-like.

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