Oct 23, 2023 Custom Home Design

Top Wall Customizations for Visual Impact

One thing you have to know about Wayne Homes is that we are all about customization. As an on-your-lot builder, we believe everything about your home should reflect…well, you! Instead of a cookie-cutter home, we want your home to be uniquely yours, fitting your décor, budget, and lifestyle needs.

Some wall customizations have emerged as both cost-effective and big on style.

These high-impact, high-value customizations can really pack a punch. Customizations like these can give you that high-end custom home appeal for much less than you’d think. You might hear these referred to as a trim accent wall. There are various types, and they all look great in your home.

A trim accent wall is a great way to stretch your interior design dollars and get the biggest bang for your buck.

For example, you can do bead board up to the chair rail on a wall and get a big visual impact without having to use bead board on the entire wall. This saves money, while adding interest and texture.

Alexandria Tradition Model

Options for accent trims:


Typically, this is accent trim that covers the lower 1/3 of a wall, but sometimes it may be installed halfway or even 2/3 of the way up a wall depending on the preference. Often times the wall above is painted in a contrasting color from the wainscoting to provide visual impact.


Beadboard adds interest to any wall. It is relatively durable, an inexpensive alternative to tile, can be painted any color, and installed at any height. While you often see it in more traditional or cottage settings, beadboard can be painted a variety of colors to feel more moody and sophisticated. Beadboard can be used as a tall wainscoting, a wainscoting midway up the wall, or above an owner’s entry bench.

Board and Batten

The terms “board and batten” and “wainscoting” are sometimes used interchangeably, but they mean slightly different things. Wainscoting refers to a common practice of covering the lower third of a wall. Board and batten is a pattern consisting of square or rectangle sheets of material joined by thin braces called battens. Board and batten can be used as wainscoting, an accent wall, or above a fireplace.

Different styles include:

Chair Rail Moulding

Chair rail moulding is a strip of moulding typically installed above wainscoting or by itself to protect walls from constantly shifting furniture (i.e., the backs of chairs). It can create an easy visual divider on a wall, so you can paint it two different colors or add wallpaper above, etc. There is very little effort required to install chair rail moulding and you get a big architectural payoff! Chair rail moulding can be used alone mid-way up the wall or above other accent trimwork.

With any of these accent trim options, the possibilities are endless!

For example, trim is typically painted the same color as the wall behind it – but it can also be painted to match the rest of the trim throughout the home with the wall painted in a contrasting color.

Are you ready to customize your home? Contact us – the Wayne Homes team is here to help.

About Wayne Homes

Wayne Homes is a custom homebuilder in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and West Virginia (see all Model Home Centers). We offer more than 50 fully customizable floorplans and a team dedicated to providing the best experience in the home building industry. For more information, Ask Julie by Live Chat or call us at (866) 253-6807.

Disclaimer: The details of this blog are accurate as of the publish date, but are subject to change.

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