Kimberly, in response to this post said:
I really want to do my bookcases and then send you an after picture, but I don't know when it will ever happen!By the way, what is beadboard and how do I install it?
Beadboard is also used as a cabinet or drawer style, as shown above.
This dining room shows a wider beadboard used as wall paneling. Older homes back East will have a lot of beadboard in them, whereas, here in California, we need to add it.
Beadboard is a very common wainscot treatment. This photos came from Country Living. Wainscot is traditionally a provincial feel; however, it is very appropriate in a traditional or coastal environment as well. For a more contemporary feel, I have seen it used in Abercrombie and Fitch showrooms, installed horizontally instead of vertically.
Don't think you always need it to be a wainscot. I really like it as an all over wall surface. It adds so much character to otherwise dull walls.