Wainscoting Around Windows

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Wainscoting can be a lovely addition to any room. If your room has windows, you have to plan how to handle the wainscoting around those windows. You may want to treat windows and doors the same way, or you may want a slight variation between the two. Before you cut your materials, you may wish to make a sketch of your final plan, or lay it out on your wall with painters tape to make sure it's visually appealing.

Types of Wainscoting

  • Wainscoting may be raised panel or flat. Both types of wainscoting generally include a chair rail which may be capped, along with a baseboard. Each type may be plain or subdivided into individual sections. Either may be accented with wooden decorations or molding. The primary difference is that raised panel wainscoting covers the bottom part of the walls with wood before any of those decorative elements are added.

Raised Panel Wainscoting

  • Remove the window apron, that piece of decorative trim applied flat against the wall under the window sill, before you apply your panels. Adjust the height of the panel and any decorative elements based on the height of the window and the amount of room between the bottom of the window and the top of the baseboard. The chair railing should butt up against the side of the window trim, as should the raised panel. Once the wainscoting installation has been completed, you can replace the window apron, or leave it off, as you prefer.

Flat Wainscoting

  • If your wainscoting does not involve raised panels, then there is no need to remove the window apron, unless you prefer to do so. Simply apply the chair rail, baseboard and any decorative elements, adjusting for window height. The trim around the window should match the color of the chair rail.

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