4 Tips To Install French Wall Molding

The owner of this Paris apartment, Simone Bendix is an actor and has starred in a number of films and television series.She lives there with Kasper Winding and their two kids Polly and Pablo.  This stunning white based apartment is accented with wrought-iron balconies, french panels painted in white, stucco and the most beautiful herringbone parquet flooring. The architect Helene Schjerbeck was invited to renovate the space.{bobedre.dk}

Get the look of her apartment by painting your walls white and installing French Moldings.

In an article "The Art of French Molding " by The Wall Street Journal they show you 5 ways to get the best looks from carved-wood detailing.

1. Experiment with layering:- Don't be afraid of mixing different styles of molding.  Mixing together the streamlined to ornate molding will make your home appear a little bit more interesting.

French Wall Moldings2. Loud Or Soft? Decide the look you are after:

Molding can be presented in a soft way by painting the entire room one color, or loud by painting the molding a bright edgy color.  All white decorating can allow you to introduce bright vibrant colors, so if you want an edgy look, consider painting the molding in a different color.  Classic French design has been known to gold leaf moldings, which can create an extremely elegant interior most famously seen in The Palace of Versailles.

- Heighten the ceiling by paint crown moldings the same hue as the wall

- For a slight contrast, paint certain moldings in shades of the same hue. Architect Jean-Louis Deniot decided to accent his own homes moldings with four different tones which beautifully highlighted the moldings and decorative plaster motifs.

3. Make the Most of Your Current Moldings: Most every home has baseboard molding, so make the most out of it.  If your interior wall colors are shades of white, consider going a bit darker for your trim colors.  Simply by taking a sample of your current paint shade to your local hardware store, you can easily have the paint specialist increase the color volume and vibrancy.  Paint your moldings in a semi gloss to make them pop.

4. Consider Shopping vintage: Comb estate sales and look for stores that deal with architectural salvage  that specialize in antique variations. Old-school rooms are prime candidates for moldings.

Michael Simon, a New York-based interior designer and expert in French architecture says ever since the first appearance of boiserie (wood paneling) in 14th-century French churches, "the country's carved moldings achieved subtleties and nuances unseen in neighboring countries." This mastery continued through the 17th century, by which point the craft had "trickled down to the nobles and the bourgeoisie."

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