By Alyssa Clough

Published on April 28, 2016

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Photography by LONNY

Inheriting moulding in your new home is one of the biggest architectural design scores you can get! (If this applies to you, we hope you patted yourself on the back and celebrated.) On the other hand, if you’re looking to add moulding to your home, you’ve come to the right place. We have ALL the inspiration. Trust us, you’ll need it. After browsing this slideshow of 27 (mostly) monochrome moulding, your smooth, flat walls will bore you to pieces. 

(See the gold detailing on this otherwise dusty pastel blue-painted wall? That’s what we’re talking about.)

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Photography by CANADIAN HOUSE & HOME

Place items symmetrically between your paneled moulding to create a sophisticated display.

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Photography by ANDERS BERGSTEDT VIA ENTRANCE

This intricate, unique moulding is found all over this apartment—including detailing on the wood burning stove you see in the back there.

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Photography by MARIE CLAIRE MAISON

The owners of this apartment painted the bottom half of the moulding, but opted to leave the top white, the same color as the ceiling, which balances this bright hue perfectly.

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Photography by BLOG.THEDPAGES.COM

The most intricate mouldings often look best when painted the same color as the walls, often white. It creates a minimalistic, European vibe.

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Photography by COURTESY OF ROYAL ROULOTTE VIA MYDOMAINE.COM

Make a super bold statement by painting your walls a deep, moody teal from the lowest molding all the way through the ceiling. 

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Photography by RMGB VIA YELLOWTRACE.COM.AU

The contrast of this mega modern kitchen and floor to ceiling windows with the vintage-esque chevron floors and moulding is balanced by the fact that it is all painted the faintest hue of gray. 

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Photography by HAUTESAVAGE.COM

Look closely and you’ll see the sides of this skinny moulding is painted gold, simultaneously creating the illusion of a monochrome wall and breaking it, creating even more depth.

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Photography by PINTEREST

Moulding doesn’t have to be reserved for ornate common spaces. Bring some drama into your bathroom with moulding, but create some softness with a nice pastel hue, like the pink (and yellow!) you see here.

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Photography by INSIDE CLOSET

Bring more attention to your moulding by painting only your ceiling a brighter hue, drawing the eye to the point where the color meets your unpainted wall. This yellow, white, and gray kitchen is the perfect example.

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Photography by INSIDECLOSET.COM

Look familiar? It’s the same Parisian apartment from before. This space proves statement-making moulding makes just as much as an impact when kept monochrome white. 

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Photography by LONNY

Planning on DIY-ing your own moulding? Take a cue from these homeowners and create your desired shapes and designs exactly where you want them.

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Photography by Guitar decor inspiration from Little Green Notebook’s Jenny Komenda

Thinking you have to split up the color of your walls just because you inherit chair rail moulding is a way of the past. Paint your entire wall one color for added continuity and visual interest.

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Photography by LONNY

This bathroom is busy, busy, busy! Painting over pre-existing moulding with bold stripes is a commitment, but it’s your risk to take.

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Photography by DAVID CLEVELAND VIA THEGUARDIAN.COM

These hunter green-grayish walls create a completely monochrome space by painting the floor, ceiling, all mouldings, built-in units, and walls the same hue. 

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Photography by JONAS BERG VIA STADSHEM

Having a painted door is ALWAYS more fun than leaving it whitewashed or wood. We love these rustic doors that use framed moulding to create a pattern.

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Photography by NEPTUNE.COM

Make your space moody with darker colors—including the moulding—with varied frames hanging in the center of each panel.

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Photography by POWELLANDBONNELL.COM

Sometimes, symmetry is everything—including here. 

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Photography by NICK ROCHOWSKI: DIVULGAÇÃO

Surprisingly, the moulding detailing in gold actually catches your eye in this bold, busy space. 

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Photography by RYAN STREET & ASSOCIATES VIA HOMEBUNCH.COM

Moulding and paneling doesn’t have to be ornate—it can be minimalistic, like you see here, too. 

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Photography by PHILIPPE GARCIA FOR ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST FRANCE

You’re looking at Silvia Venturini Fendi, the creative director of Fendi’s women’s accessories line and men’s collections’ home. Just look at that detailing!

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Photography by PHILIPPE GARCIA FOR ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST FRANCE

Yep, this is still Fendi’s house (or more appropriately, mansion) featuring the perfect mix of modern and ornate. 

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Photography by WILLIAM WALDRON FOR ELLE DECOR, DESIGNED BY THOM FELICIA

Another bold hue with just as much complicated moulding and paneling.

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Photography by TINEKHOME.COM

This would be so easy to do yourself. We dare you!

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Photography by ALYSSA ROSENHECK VIA ELLE DECOR

Create smaller squares for a more unique look you don’t typically see. 

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK

There’s nothing wrong with treating your moulding in a more traditional manner. Emphasize your moulding by painting it darker than you walls. Bonus points for coordinating it with your frames.