Architectural mouldings and panelling have been a great tool in predominantly period properties to create interest and definition to our interior walls and ceilings. We thought we would explore how you can use this in a more contemporary interior space.
Of course the use of the couleur de jour - grey - is one instant fix to bring mouldings and architectural detailing bang up to date. Another tool is juxtaposing the three dimensional mouldings with a flat and streamlined surface (see the kitchen above) which works to great effect as a contrasting force unified by the same colour tone.
However, we are seeing mouldings being used in much more creative ways - to create pattern in a way that previously wallpaper or paint effects would have been used.
Wood panelling has not been forgotten - but this time, it is being re-interpreted with a more sleek and slender application, with slim elegant lines providing the definition.
Timber laid in a herringbone pattern is also being used to create the effect of wood panelling as an alternative to the more traditional vertical tongue and groove timber panels.
Timber-lined ceilings are also being approached differently - why just have a flat surface when you can create such a focal point and depth of interest with the three-dimensional application below?
We love the way the charcoal ceiling here echoes the hexagonal pattern on the floor immediately below it. The three dimensional approach, painted in black creates interest as well as giving the impression of a receding space.
What do your think? Are you tempted to add some detailing to your walls or ceilings?!