One of my favorite projects of all time has been the wall molding that I added to both our bedroom and living room. It is the smallest, most important multi-tasker in the whole place because it accomplishes many, many things that are so important to a good and well thought-out design. In both of these spaces, I worked with Metrie, my favorite spot for super high-quality architectural details!
I recently had my One Room Challenge Bedroom Makeover photographed by my friend Laura Metzler, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to share the new photos and talk about why I think it’s so important to consider adding architectural details to your space. Here are a few of the reasons why I add these decorative pieces to my projects, time and time again.
To honor the age and time period in which your space was originally constructed.
Our building was constructed around 1927, and I can almost promise you that there was molding similar to this in the apartments that they probably ripped out over time. I wanted to honor the look and feel of what the original apartments would have looked like in a building like this- the previous owners had tried to modernize it in a super 90s way, so it felt really good to take it back to that look and feel. There were really beautiful solid red oak baseboards in the space when we moved in, so I chose a panel mould from Metrie that reflected that style for a cohesive look.
I also carried the same style I used in the living room into the bedroom, because keeping it cohesive is SO important in a small space!
To add height to your ceilings / depth to your walls.
One of the easiest way to make your space feel larger (so key in a small space like mine!) is to stretch the walls as much as you can. You can accomplish this by adding art, from floor to ceiling, painting a strategic paint color or accent wall, or adding molding the walls to highlight them in a way that just paint cannot. Simple box frames like I chose to do throughout our space is the an easy and classic way to draw attention to the walls themselves- it draws your eye up and gives it somewhere to land.
To show off your creativity.
When we purchased our condo, I was excited by this really weird barre-studio-style mirrored wall (see the pretty before photos HERE) because I knew it gave me the opportunity to do something fun with it. I wanted to keep the mirror itself, because it bounces light around in a darker corner of the apartment, and as we all know, mirrors can act like an optical illusion and make the space look bigger. I wanted to make it feel purposeful and like it was part of the unit originally (see point above), so I decided to frame it out with flat stock molding and decorative quarter round. This makes the mirror feel like it is actually inset paneling instead of a weird 80s mod feature wall.
To zhush those plain details and make them feel a bit more “custom”
For the living room built-in bookcases, I knew that painting them simply wasn’t enough (check out what they looked like before HERE). I wanted them to feel a little more custom, and also wanted to make them look a bit more seamless since they are stepped down the wall. I used the same molding that I used on the walls to create smaller boxes for the lower cabinet doors, and I also added crown molding to the tops to cover the gap between the top of the bookcases and the ceiling. This makes it look like a true “built-in” unit- another way to get that look is to paint the entire thing the same color, from the baseboards to the crown.
My favorite place for custom molding is Metrie– I’ve used their products in both our living room makeover and our bedroom makeover. They have an amazing selection of custom pieces and the possibilities are literally endless. Plus, the also have gorgeous doors– I mean, could you just die over our bedroom door? The perfect little detail in this small space. My only problem is that I’m running out of walls to decorate with molding!
See my room makeover here:
Do you use decorative molding in your space? I’d love to see your projects!