The Times raised an issue last week that’s up there with global warming and world peace: the appropriateness of beadboard. First, a little history:
Beadboard began as the Victorian equivalent of Formica, a millwork sheathing used only for rustic retreats, and for kitchens, back halls and other rooms hidden from public view. Because it was made from scraps, it was inexpensive, and it could be installed by practically anyone. Beadboard is milled with a thin ridge or tongue on one edge and a groove on the opposite edge so that the panels fit together easily.
After years of being relegated to the country house, the “lumberyard’s answer to blue jeans” is taking urban homes by storm. We generally like it but think it should be used in moderation in the city, with bathrooms being the obvious place. Kitchens can work, too. What do you think? Hot or not-so-hot?
Room to Improve [NY Times]