Wainscoting Question

I’m going to add the wainscoting like I did on this wall, and in the office, to the living room.  There are really only 2 connecting walls in this room, and one of them is full of windows.

So, I plan on doing it to this wall on the right…

But my question is, would you also do it on the wall to the left with the windows? I know you can’t see all of the windows in this photo, but just imagine a wall of windows.  I didn’t think it would be necessary because the chair rail would be really choppy (which is ok in some circumstances), and the boxes would be much narrower because there isn’t a lot of space in between the windows (which also is ok sometimes).  And there will be curtains eventually.  So basically the wainscoting would just make an L shape, which is why I’m thinking to just do the 1 big wall behind the sofa kind of as an accent.

What say you?  Thanks for your input!



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  1. I don’t think you need to do it on the window wall. My husband and I were just discussing this because we want to do a wall in the great room and have the same situation with a window wall. With our furniture and drapes it was going to be covered up anyway.

  2. My input is to just put it on the one wall, and if later you don’t like it you can easily add it to the other. With drapes up though you wouldn’t see it.

  3. I don’t think you need to put it on the window wall. Just the one will be fine. Especially if you are planning to add curtain panels to the window wall…you’d never see it. So, why bother with all that cutting and expense.

    I can’t wait to see what it looks like!! :)

  4. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I completely agree with Erin and Kendra… Wainscotting will look great on the long wall and the curtains will cover the wall areas of the window wall.

    I nominated you for the stylish blogger award — come on over to check it out!

  5. I would do the one wall and if it didn’t feel right I would finish the room. I would try to LOVE how it looked on the one wall as hard as I could, because less work is so much nicer!
    Seriously, I think the one wall will be fine.

  6. I agree, one wall will be fine. You won’t even really see it on the window wall with the drapery and such, which just means added expense and time with not much to gain.

  7. The one wall is probably all that’s needed. If you change your mind, you can add it later. Hugs, Marty

  8. I’d stay with the one wall, since the curtains will eventually come in and probably cover the window wall. Looking forward to seeing your completed project!

  9. The one wall would be plenty; the window wall would be a bit choppy if you put it there, too. The wainscoting will look real nice in that room. :)

  10. Thank you everyone for your opinion! I like it! And that is one less corner to miter. :)

  11. Looks like I’m in the minority here! I think you should put it on both walls. It will definitely make things flow better. And its not that much space to have to cover… and besides, you’re a pro at it by now! Speaking of, want to come do my basement wainscotting for me when we get to that point? Awesome, can’t wait.

  12. I don’t think you need to bother with the “window wall”. There’s not even enough wall space directly beneath the windows for it to make an impact. That’s one less headache for you! :)


  13. I think it one consideration is IF you’re going to be adding outside/inside mounted curtains/drapes to the window wall. Another consideration is how “choppy” will the window wall look with it? You’ll know once you do the solid wall. Look forward to seeing your results!

  14. I think the window wall should be done, too. If there’s really not much space between the windows, it would probably be fine to just paint the lower half of the wall and add the top chair rail without installing the decorative moulding rectangles. That might cut down on the choppy feeling, but still give a cohesive look.

  15. I would def do it on both walls so that it all flows together.

  16. I would say no to both walls because it would seem to me to be overkill. Fussy, even. Unless you’re going for that, in which case, fuss away ! :D With your eye for arrangement, it will look lovely either way.

  17. I say just on the one full wall. At least do one wall, live with it for about 2 weeks and then decide what you want to do.

  18. It won’t be as easy to add it later because you won’t have that mitered corner. I like Tanya’s suggestion of just skipping the boxes and just doing the chair rail on that wall. Will you be painting the lower half a different color?

    • Yep exactly…that’s why I wanted to make sure I knew what to do about the chair rail before I put the one piece up. It’s not easy to go back and miter. Yes, painting the bottom white.

  19. I would only do that wall there on the right. = )

  20. Is there a third wall to this room or just the window wall and wall that the couch is on? If you only have the window wall and couch wall, I would do both to kind of ground the room. If you have a third wall opposite of the wall with the couch, I think I would just do the wall that the couch is on. Hope this makes sense.

  21. I say do whatever you want b/c it’s your house! :) But if it were ME, or if I were looking at your house to purchase, then I would like to see it on both walls. I think it would flow better that way. I also agree with everyone that said you could always try it on the one wall and if you think the window wall needs it then add it later… dang it for having to decide on mitering that corner! ;)