New homes have a lot going for them: plumb walls, functioning electrical systems. What they often lack is character. You can break out the wood trim and install traditional molding or ceiling medallions from the hardware store, or you can get a little more creative.
Above, Megan Pflug created the look of ornate molding with just black ribbon and matching thumbtacks.
The design on this this wall isn't wooden trim at all but lighting cords that run in a dynamic pattern before ending up on the ceiling. From Arhitectura & Design.
A unique wall treatment from Walls, the Best of Decorative Treatments by Florence de Dampierre. Handpainted lines mimic traditional wall molding, giving it a sophisticated yet still playful look.
For this years Kips Bay Showhouse, designer Garrow Kedigian covered an entire room with chalkboard paint. Artist Rajiv Surendra (who you might recognize from Mean Girls) then hand drew decorative wall panels, molding, and even a floral ceiling medallion.
For less of a time committment, get a roll of washi and tape out a simple design on your doors. Almost Makes Perfect did a quick job on her large closet doors.
If you want the definition, but not the decoration, try painting a thin, dark black line around each wall panel, highlighting the wall's depth but also giving a contrasting, dramatic feel to the space. It's a modern take on molding. From Architectural Digest Spain.