Looking for board and batten wall ideas? I’m sharing my favorites, including the one I used in my own home…
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I love board and batten walls because they’re one of the easiest ways to add architectural interest to a room. I’ve installed all sorts of wall paneling in my homes in the past, including picture frame molding, chair rails, and yes, board and batten, and I find board and batten to be the easiest.
Installing it in our entryway, above, took my husband and I a few hours on a Sunday.
Not only that, but board and batten looks great, too! As I mentioned, board and batten (and all wall paneling, in general) instantly adds architectural detail and character to a room, making it feel more interesting and special.
While board and batten walls are often linked to farmhouse-style design, I actually find them to be suitable for all sorts of home styles. My house is an old colonial, and my style leans more traditional, and I think the board and batten in our entryway fits perfectly.
If you’re considering adding board and batten to a room in your house, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite board and batten wall ideas, including the style I went with in my home. I’ve found images that represent all sorts of styles and use-cases to show just how versatile this trendy trim can be!
Board and batten wall ideas
1. Board and batten with a traditional twist
This is the board and batten wall we did in our entryway. To make it suite the more traditional space, we added an extra piece of decorative picture rail molding long the top trim piece. Here’s a closer look at it before I painted it.
2. Add hooks for a functional board and batten entryway
One of the most popular ways to use board and batten is in an entryway or mudroom area, with hooks along the boards or battens for storage. This space does both for extra function.
3. Add wallpaper to a board and batten wall
My favorite board and batten idea, which you can probably see from the photo of my entryway, is to add wallpaper above the board and batten. I love this idea not only because it’s gorgeous, but it also makes your wallpaper go a lot further – you get a pop of pattern without having to spend the money to cover the whole wall.
4. Paint above your board and batten
There are a few choices when it comes to painting your board and batten wall. One is to paint above the board and batten, like the above. This works well if you have white trim throughout your home, and want the board and batten wall to feel seamless (i.e. if you’re doing a board and batten wall on only part of a wall to carve out an entry, for example.). It also works well if you just like this look!
5. Or paint the board and batten itself
The other option you have with board and batten is to paint the board and batten itself, and leave the top portion of the wall white.
To me, this look feels fresher and more modern, since the white-on-the-bottom look reminds me a little of the days when people would only paint above their chair rail, and leave the lower portion of the wall white. However, both are beautiful and it’s totally a personal style choice.
6. Go monochrome
If you love the look of all-white walls (like I do!), and want to add some interest, try a board and batten wall in all one color. It creates just enough visual interest to make white walls feel intentional.
7. Use the idea as a kids room accent wall
Adding detail to kids rooms is what makes them fun. I love a board and batten wall as a backdrop to a bed or crib, or done around the whole room like in the image above. Another great thing about board and batten in a kids room – as kids grow and their tastes change, you’ll only have to paint one half of the wall 🙂
8. Add beadboard between board and batten
If you want to double up on the detail, try adding beadboard paneling between the battens on your wall a la the above photo. This look works well for homes with a traditional twist, coastal spaces, or farmhouses.
9. Create a grid-like design
If your home is more modern, or you like to embrace trends, this grid-style take on board is batten is a trendy accent wall choice.
10. Take it floor-to-ceiling
There’s also the option to do a simple floor-to-ceiling board and batten treatment, which feels a little more unique, since it’s not quite as popular as th half-wall or 3/4 wall options. I LOVE what Anissa Zajac of House Seven Design did with these walls (just like I love all the things she does. Queen.).
11. Add a homey feeling in the basement
The basement in our Vermont log cabin is currently all white, which feels a little stark and not very cozy, so I’ve been thinking about adding board and batten for a while. Here’s the main inspo pic that made me want to do it!
Is board and batten still in style?
If you’re wondering if board and batten is still in style, the answer is yes. This farmhouse-inspired wall moulding gained major popularity over the last few years, along with it’s even trendier cousin, shiplap. But, despite being everywhere, board and batten paneling is still going strong.