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Bead Board Decor

Martha Stewart Living, June 2005

 

Get Into The Groove With This Easy-to-Install Wood Paneling
For a detail so subtle, these slim, vertical panels of wood can make a lasting impression. Those who grew up with bead board naturally feel drawn to it, recalling lakeside houses from childhood, long hallways at New England inns, family meals in the dining rooms of 1920s bungalows. Incorporating the paneling into a home, then, is often about recapturing that casual, summery, cottage style. But here's a delightful surprise: The unpretentious simplicity of bead board works in a variety of settings -- in cottages and bungalows, yes, but also in more elegant spaces. It can serve as a decorative accent or it can define a room. The difference is all in how it's used. Look for bead board in oak, pine, or even MDF (medium-density fiberboard) at home-improvement stores and lumberyards. It can be purchased in planks or sheets, and in all forms it is relatively inexpensive. Whether you're planning to redecorate on a large scale or simply want to incorporate bead board into the details of your home, you're sure to elicit fond memories -- and create new associations -- for many who pass through your doors.

Lining The Living Room
Contralinear bead board panels transform a fireplace into a sophisticated and graphic decorative feature. Bead board around the hearth and as wainscoting unifies the look. Upholstery in ivory and yellow stripes and dark wood accents complement the light and shadow of the slats.

Beyond The Walls
Use bead board for accents. A panel of bead board, painted gray, tops an outdoor table that adorns a bathroom. The slats secure mirror glass for easy framing. Bead board doors enclose a cabinet. In a kitchen, panels line the ceiling and cupboards.

Outfitting The Guest Room
A new headboard begins as a store-bought bookshelf. Pop out the original back, and replace it with bead board. Its height draws the eye up, making the room seem airy. Add doors made of bead board for long-term storage in cabinets behind the bed. Striped shades and a grid-pattern rug provide a clean finish.

Across The Hall
These tongue-in-groove bead board planks have wider slats than other styles of bead board. Here, the bolder width defines a hallway. Placed horizontally (instead of vertically) on the end wall, and painted the same color as the other walls, the boards have a subtle effect, making the narrow space look wider.

Behind The Door
It's what's inside that matters. The interiors of these kitchen cupboards are lined with bead board painted blue. The color not only provides a highlight for the room, it creates a dramatic backdrop for a collection of ironstone -- against the bright hue, the details of the white pieces shine.


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