It’s all in the details with trimwork. Moulding, paneling, wainscoting, and wall framing details can visually alter the architecture of a room without having to tear down walls. After WWII, builders were forced to build faster to meet housing demands and the result was reducing the amount of trimwork in a house to the bare minimum. Unfortunately this still holds true today, so unless youre’ lucky enough to dwell in a pre-1940’s or custom home, trimwork is a sought-after custom addition to any residence.
Wall frame and picture frame moulding adds a little glamour to the wall space – and depending on the shape of each frame, you can create the illusion of higher ceilings or longer walls. Then, you can insert sconces, mirrors, and artwork to create symmetry and focal points within the room.
Box paneling can add depth to a room or hallway
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Wallpaper can add texture & design to a room that otherwise might feel dim and uninspired. You can achieve dramatic impact by covering just one wall, or even a partial wall. If the plunge is scary – start out with a closet, laundry room, or bookcase lining.
Some tips: Minimize the surrounding decor; bringing in competing furniture or rugs will just muddle the wall space and look over-designed. Chose designs that don’t incorporate too much color, stick to 1-4 colors per print. Trim work is a great way to break up the wall space. Textured wall coverings are superb for spaces that aren’t exposed to much natural light. To offset floral prints, use clean lines in your furnishings. On the contrary, to offset geometric and linear prints use more feminine and soft pieces.
I am personally fond of the wallpaper collections at:
Farrow & Ball | Schumacher | Cole & Son | Graham & Brown
| Farrow & Ball takes a unique approach when crafting their wall coverings. Instead of using ink, they use their own custom paints to give unique texture and color to each print |
| F. Schumacher & Co has been creating wall coverings since 1938, still privately held and family owned they offer distinct collections with a wide range of styles |
| Cole & Son, based in London, are known for their historic designs. Their wallpaper lines the walls of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament |
| Graham & Brown, based in the UK, has launched several locations worldwide. They aim to be the leading experts in providing decorative wall solutions for people’s homes, at an affordable price |