Instant Architecture: A Fresh Modern Trend In Traditional Wall Treatments

updated Feb 6, 2020
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Wall trim is a strong visual signal, conveying the architectural style of a room in a glance. Panel molding and chair rails are most closely associated with traditional homes, but wood trim in geometric and repetitive shapes can easily look modern. Use one of these ideas as an inexpensive way to transform flat surfaces with pattern and texture.

Above, a combination of diagonal and vertical molding strips were designed by Daniel Heckscher from Note Design Studio and installed in Hannah Nova Beatrice’s home outside Stockholm. From Residence.

(Image credit: Kelly Wearstler)

The natural wood trim on this wall from Kelly Wearstler is repetitive, maze-like, and completely mesmerizing

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Karwei shared this DIY wall pattern on their Instagram account. The matte black paint adds to the drama.

(Image credit: Charles Mellersh)

Trim in a West London home designed by Charles Mellersh saves the space from being a basic white box and gives the walls much needed texture. Although simple, the vertical lines feel less expected.

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Young House Envy shows you how she made over her dining room with some math skills and a little wood trim.

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Designer Pepe Leal embellished this living room with wood trim arranged in a vertical diamond pattern, as seen on Casa Decor.