Contrasting Wall Trim and Molding

Contrasting Wall Trim and Molding

Anna Hoffman
Jan 26, 2011

Contrasting wall trim can turn a lackluster space into a crisp and elegant room. Achieved either through applied moldings or merely with paint, trim can add interest and polish to a room without adding too much to your decorating budget. Here are some inspirational examples of the pros of contrast.

1 A small band of chocolate brown frames the Herm├Ęs orange walls in this interior. This could be done with paint or even meticulously applied ribbon, if all your angles were regular. Image via Elements of Style

2 White moldings, including a chair rail, add tailored opulence to a rich blue wall. Image via The Lennoxx

3 The door details in this bedroom are highlighted with contrasting paint that matches the lime green walls. Jason and John's House Tour

4 Painting a contrasting stripe down the stairs can turn a functional area into an appealing design element. Design by Estrella Salietti via

5 Picture frame moldings elevate a closet door to a piece of decor, and a chair rail and faux-wainscoting help turn an entryway into a glamorous foyer. Design by Celerie Kemble, from Domino, via Bride's

6 Thick white moldings above white paneling keep this navy blue room airy and nautical instead of dark and oppressive. Design by Michele Bonan via Lonny

7 The thick white paneling in this room balances the apricot-colored walls, so the effect is sunny and not syrupy. Design by David Caffieri via Lonny

8 I'm not always a fan of thin picture moldings, but on a black wall in this modern space, the proportions work to add architectural interest and decorative drama. From Mackenzie's House Call

9 Thin picture moldings create a faux-paneled bedroom. Via Apartment Therapy

10 A similar color scheme as image 9, but with slightly thicker molding. Which do you prefer? Image via designwithchristine.

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