board + batten

Sometimes the most subtle architectural details can end up making the most dramatic effect.  Decorative moldings and trim, beaded board, planked walls and my personal favorite as of late – board and batten – all add another layer of interest and elegance to walls, ceilings, mantles and built-ins.  We’ve actually decided to install floor-to-ceiling board and batten in the nursery for baby girl.  It’s such a simple, yet elegant and modern take on  traditional wainscoting and, when painted the same color as the walls, will be a beautiful, neutral backdrop for her furniture and art.  Here are a few images that got me inspired to install board and batten in the nursery in the first place:

I have always loved this Steven Gambrel-designed entryway, and while I tend to gravitate toward crisp white board and batten, the trim and battens here are painted a few shades darker than the walls and the result couldn’t be more elegant:

Absolutely LOVE the grid pattern in this Hamptons home, with the beaded board and nautical chart wallpaper in the bathroom right beyond!  The mix is subtle, but stunning!

Designer Thom Filicia added a modern twist to traditional board and batten in this bathroom by adding beadboard in contrasting directions and painting them my favorite neutral color of all time, Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter:

Battens are a stylish addition to utilitarian spaces like this mud room, which can be difficult to “decorate”:

Pale gray blue is a gorgeous compliment to neutral furnishings in this pass through:

White-painted battens add interest to this entryway, but recede into the background, complimenting, not competing with the painted floors:

There is so much to love in this light and airy bedroom, but the wainscoting is, by far, what brings elegance and interest to the whole room:

Soft blue walls and battens add a pop of color to this bedroom and looks so fresh with crisp white and navy bedding!

What better way to break up a long hallway than with crisp white millwork and brass pendant lanterns, like this Opal Design Group project?

Greige-painted board and batten in this entryway is not only a beautiful way to welcome guests, but it’s also a little sneak peek into the architectural details throughout the rest of the home:

We’re getting started this weekend, adding millwork to the nursery, so stay tuned for progress pics!

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  1. Kate on September 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Yes, yes, yes. I love the board and batten we installed last year. There's not much interest going on in our 50's ranch, but the molding really helps. I'm pretty obsessed with rooms that paint the molding the same color as the walls. What is it about that look? So chic. Will be lovely in the nursery!

  2. Kelly Stivers on September 12, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Kate-you did a fantastic job with the moldings in your house! Hoping you'll post again soon 🙂

  3. LarryMog on November 1, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    i loved this hydra onion

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