Summer Cottage Style with a Twist

Summer always makes me long for days spent at the cottage. And nothing screams summer cottage quite like beadboard or paneling! A beadboard ceiling is a great touch for traditional, rustic, or country-style homes. You can add it to your dining room, kitchen, porch ceiling, living room or any room in your house. Instead of just the standard v-groove beadboard wainscoting used for centuries, we are seeing wider planks running in different directions to add interest and scale. As a design element, they can be used in many different ways – from walls to ceiling, and everything in between. Here are some of my favorites ways to utilize wood paneling. A little goes a long way!



A vaulted ceiling can sometimes feel cavernous, but by incorporating beadboard on the kitchen ceiling, the scale of this kitchen is more appealing. The texture of the beadboard helps add interest to the vault, but by using the same color as the cabinetry and walls, the space does not become too busy with this white beadboard ceiling.



The paneling in this beautiful entry is sized proportionally for the large-scale space. Running large wood planks horizontally helps balance the tall ceilings and make the space feel wider.



This space features beadboard ceiling panels, which is repeated on the kitchen island only. Keeping the rest of the cabinetry simple helps the space overall feel more modern than a cottage. The contrast with the floor and wood countertops creates a cohesive – yet updated – look!


This light & airy bathroom incorporates wood planking on both walls & ceilings, bringing a different textural element to the space. The various textures and materials in the space, along with the fun green chair really make it feel like a cottage bath.


The different sizing and types of beadboard panel in this mudroom helps create continuity in the space. Utilizing both beadboard plank and more traditional wainscoting adds interest to the space. Plus woodwork painted in semi-gloss paint is easily touched up.


The beadboard ceiling in this kitchen adds a wonderful punch of color to this all-white space. The color pulls out some of the blue-gray in the backsplash for a unique look. This textured ceiling makes a visually interesting final appearance.


This loft and bunk room is a quintessential cottage! The groove boards running through the space creates continuity even with the awkward ceiling angles and smaller size rooms.


The small amount of PVC beadboard used on the ceiling of this space is just enough to add interest and complement the texture of the shake siding. That porch swing would be the perfect place to relax after a long summer day!


(1) Precision Cabinets, California

(2) Structures Building Corporation, South Carolina

(3) Taylor Lombardo Architects, California

(4) Sarah Richardson, Canada

(5) Garrison Hullinger, Oregon

(6) Charmean Neithart, California

(7) ReThink Design Studio, Georgia

(8) The Consulting House, Georgia

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