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    Question 'Wood paneled wainscoting' - redundant usage?

    Hello,

    While reading the Yahoo news story Why Rick Santorum dined alone at Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn, I came across the the following:

    Wood paneled wainscoting, gingham-patterned wallpaper, and a touch of diner neon suggest a self-conscious resistance to remodeling.

    I did not know the meaning of '
    wainscoting', so I double-clicked on the word in my Chrome browser and it came up with - "Wooden paneling that lines the lower parts of the walls of a room'. So, is ''wood paneled wainscoting" considered redundant usage or are there other types of wainscotings as well?

    (also, I learned that 'gingham' means 'lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically in white and a bold color'')

    Thank you

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    Re: 'Wood paneled wainscoting' - redundant usage?

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    The material used for wainscoting doesn't have to be wood. I variety of materials, such as plastic, can be used for panelling. I think the distinction is valid here.

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    Re: 'Wood paneled wainscoting' - redundant usage?

    No, it wasn't redundant. As you mentioned, wainscoting implies some sort of wall covering that only goes from the floor to about halfway up the wall, and is capped with some sort of moulding. At one time wainscoting was always made of wooden panels designed to reinforce and camouflage the lower half of interior walls, which were prone to damage from dampness. Today, wainscoting is mainly a decorating technique in which some sort of rail or ledge divides the walls of a room in half, and the bottom half is adorned with some sort of textured motif (not necessarily paneling), while the upper half is just painted or wallpapered.

    Had the writer simply said "a wood panelled room", he would have been describing this type of decor, in which the wood panels extended from floor to ceiling.

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    Re: 'Wood paneled wainscoting' - redundant usage?

    @SlickVic9000, @Ouisch, thank you

    @Ouisch, thank you for including all the pictures. Your detailed explanation and the pictures made it crystal clear. (bow)

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