Wainscoting is having a huge moment right now. It's kind of like the color blocking trend for houses. I grew up in a house with wainscoting and I'm thrilled to see it coming back in more contemporary ways. The great thing about it is you can get it at a local hardware store, prime, paint, and tack it up. Voila!
Here we see the traditional color for wainscoting, white. But, don't be fooled, this updated design features a grid of inlays.
If white isn't really your jam I suggest being bold! Keep the walls neutral and add some punchy color with vibrant wainscoting.
And if you're feeling really rebellious, you could always go with some badass black. Because nothing says you're a rebel like a traditional wall treatment in black.