Good Questions: Wallpaper meets molding?

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A good question from Tiffany: Dear AT, I have a molding about 16 inches down from the ceiling in the master bedroom. I want to wallpaper the wall behind our bed with "Woods" wallpaper (from Walnut Wallpapers, LOVE!)

My question is do I wallpaper above that molding? I think so, but I'm not quite sure how it will look with the break in the paper. I thought about perhaps painting the molding black? But then do I have to paint all the moldings black? My sister (who is an artist, so I'm inclined to believe her) says it would look good if I wallpapered only above the molding around the whole room. Won't that look like a border (which I HATE!) though? Help! Thank you!

I'm emailing pics of the room... but before we bought the place, it's so much cuter now with the "Colette" bed from C&B in the same place... and a pic of the wallpaper. Thanks!

Tiffany:
Woods is a great paper - it should look amazing on the wall behind the bed. We think it would look best if you papered the entire wall above and below the molding. We've seen it done before and it looks good - in fact having the molding run through the patterned wall around the painted walls will help to unite the two finishes.

To stop the pattern at the molding would potentially keep the eye from traveling up high, making the ceiling seem lower. We think papering ONLY above the molding would not take advantage of the lovely vertical lines of the pattern you chose (and it might look a little bit border-ish).

Finally, we do think the molding should be a consistent color around the room so the black you are considering would have a very strong impact. Instead, we would suggest considering painting all the molding the same color as the other three walls and then the strip of molding would function as a way to carry the color onto the patterned wall. Either way, in the end, we think the choice of color for the molding really depends on the color you are painting the other walls.

AT readers, let Tiffany know your take on the design dilemma of the wallpaper meeting the molding. Ideas and insights are welcome in the comments below...

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.