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Wainscoting styles for your staircase

Make a real impression in your home with wainscoting on your staircase, transforming an ordinary staircase into a focal point and adding beauty and value to your home.

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9th June 2022

If you want to make a real impression in your home, wainscoting on a staircase will transform an ordinary staircase into a focal point and add beauty and value to a home. In terms of style, wainscoting is available in a variety of different panels and patterns to suit just about any interior. Below are 5 style examples of different wainscoting wall panelling that can be created depending on the style of the home. We then walk you through the steps to design and install the panels.


French Provincial Staircase Wainscoting

This style is always going to add an air of luxe and decadence to space and the wainscoting is no exception, especially on a staircase. This beautiful project used  CR99 chair rail, the square panels were created using IN31 inlay mould and were balanced with 135mm SK62 Intrim skirting boards. See more of this home here.

Modern Contemporary/Art Deco Staircase Wainscoting

For a more modern or art deco look, check out how the use of Intrim’s half round mouldings creates textual raised panel wainscoting which has been applied to the whole wall and adds real dimension to these stairs.  SK58 skirting board and HR20 half round were used in this project which you can see here.

Hamptons Staircase Wainscoting

Wainscoting doesn’t always need to be white and a pop of colour can really enhance a space like the grey walls in this Hampton’s home foyer. SK774 skirting board, CR22 chair rail and IN01 inlay mould were used to create this dynamic raised panel wainscoting look. Check out more of this project here.

Edwardian/Georgian Staircase Wainscoting

A grand entry like this is paired well with an Edwardian/Georgian style which is lavish and detailed just like this full height, frame and panel wainscoting. CR95 chair rail and IN09 inlay mould were used to create this divine wainscoting masterpiece. If you would like to see this project in its entirety click here.

Colonial/Victorian Staircase Wainscoting

Displaying pops of quintessential colonial features, the wainscoting in this home adds a distinct charm & beauty not attainable by other wall treatments. SK79 were used for the skirting boards whilst the frame and panel wainscoting was comprised of CR46 chair rail and IN09 inlay mould. Take a peek at the rest of this lovely project here.

How to Design and Install Wainscoting in Staircase Areas 

Adding beautiful wainscoting features to walls can look difficult enough to achieve, let alone attempt it on a stairwell. We have put together some easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions on ‘How to Design and Install Wainscoting in Staircase Areas’ to help you create the spectacular interior wall you dream of – it may not be as hard as you think!


We recommend you mark out all of your chair rails and panels on your walls prior to installation. It is much easier to rub out some pencil lines than to have cut your timber mouldings and realised it was wrong. This will also give you an indication of the finished look, ensure the spacing is correct for the look you are trying to achieve and that the style suits your home and the area.


When creating your design ensure that your horizontal angled members, always measure the equal distance from the top of the stair stringer against the wall so that the chair rail and top and bottom inlay moulds run parallel to the angled stringer.


Make your inlay mould uprights plumb, directly up and down. This means all your corner cuts will not be 45 degrees as you will have to bisect each angle equally. You may like to use a sliding bevel to transfer these angles from your wall to the timber moulding prior to cutting.


Marking out your design will help you establish the angles of all intersecting joints, making measuring and cutting much simpler.

If you’re still left scratching your head, or have questions, our friendly product team are always here to help you with advice. You can also check out our wainscoting page here for more information.

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