Spring 2019 ORC – Five ways moulding can make your ceilings feel taller
Note: Metrie sponsored all moulding in this post, but the opinions are absolutely, positively all my own.
They say that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. If that’s the case I don’t think I will EVER recover from my Metrie Moulding addiction. Today I want to show you the updates from our One Room Challenge Master Bedroom Space, explain WHY we made some of the design choices, and show you what a difference can make.
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6
What is the ORC?
First, a huge thank you to Linda, from Calling it Home, for organizing this fun event, the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE???!
Surely by now you have heard of this super-fun 6 week friendly event between 20 “Challenge Participants” and hundreds of other “Guest Participants” (like me). All of us have the goal of transforming our spaces with only a month and a half to get it done. As an added bonus Better Homes and Gardens will be the media sponsors for this challenge.
Brief Back Story
We are a military family of six and we are always on the move. At the moment we live in a house that we actually own, and hope to call our forever home someday. As such, we are systematically tackling each room and adding high end features, such as moulding, door hardware, paint, and lighting to update and personalize the space.
We have lived in this Virginia home less than 10 months, but HERE are the rooms we have completed so far…Notice all of the moulding in almost every room…See? Can you blame me for being addicted?
Metrie Moulding has a been fabulous to work with. I love both the quality of their product, and the design range they offer. If, like most people, you feel a little overwhelmed by picking out moulding, then their Option M collections may be a great place to start. They have the coordinating collections arranged by style (New Traditional, Bohemian, Country, Modern Farmhouse, Shabby Chic, and Vintage Industrial). For the Master Bedroom I am using a combination of New Traditional and Bohemian.
Crown Mould | Architrave | Panel Mould | Faux Baseboards | Shoe Mould | Chair Mould | Ceiling Treatment
Updates from the ORC Master Bedroom
We have been working hard to install various types of Metrie Moulding to give our Master Bedroom walls depth and character.
Crown Mould | Architrave | Panel Mould | Faux Baseboards | Shoe Mould | Chair Mould | Ceiling Treatment.
Please note: We still have one more wall to hang and this is only a single coat of white primer I will be applying the actual Farrow and Ball color Setting Plaster (sponsored by Thomas Mach Interiors) tomorrow and Friday. The current plan includes a high gloss ceiling and ceiling treatment.
5 Ways to add “Height” to your Ceilings
Now that we have hung Metrie Moulding in five rooms, I would like to share three ways we have used moulding to add the visual illusion of “height” to our spaces. To help you out, here are the sources for each of the rooms pictured. We have been sampling a variety of Metrie Moulding styles, types, and sizes.
1. Hang Panel Mould in Tall Vertical Sections
We have used panel mould in several different ways so far in our home. In the rooms with shorter ceilings I have selected a smaller profile mould and hung them in narrow vertical boxes. Just like hanging your drapes from ceiling to floor, or painting vertical stripes on the wall, tall narrow panel mould boxes draw your eye upwards.
2. Add a Ceiling Treatment
We have yet to hang a ceiling treatment in our master bedroom (we are waiting to make sure we have enough panel mould), but have loved the effect it gives in three of our other rooms. Each of these spaces have 8 foot ceilings and needed all of the height boost that they could get.
You can see the extra detail on the ceiling draws your eye upwards and literally elevates the space.
An architrave is the thick moulding that goes above window and doors. I am hoping that you can see the visual difference between this progress shot and the before image taken last week. The architrave above and inverted below the window not only gives height to the walls, it gives presence to the old window…Don’t worry…There will be a lot of yummy styling goodness that happens here soon.
I’m surprised that it took me this long to gather enough courage to install architraves. Up until this point we have been building a panel mould box above the doors and windows. This option looks good, but let me tell you, the architraves looks even better. Plus, It really wasn’t much more work. I will definetly be Team Architrave in the future.
By changing the height of the chair rail, you can give your room a different feel.
Our dining room chair rail was hung previously. Lowering the rail a few inches would have given the room even more height.
By keeping the the walls, moulding, and ceiling all the same color family your eye it helps make our walls seem visually taller. The ceiling seems to disappear.
TO DO LIST
-Finish Hanging Metrie Moulding (Crown Mould | Architrave | Panel Mould | Faux Baseboards | Shoe Mould | Chair Mould |, Ceiling Treatment)
Empty, Prep, caulk, and Sand Room
Prime (almost) everything. Paint Walls (High Gloss) and Ceiling with Setting Plaster from Farrow and Ball Paint from Thomas Mach Interiors
-Hang Piemonte Chandelier from Corbett Lighting
– Build Bed with Fabric and fringe from Fabric Place Basement- Alexandria
-Replace door Hardware from Grandeur Hardware
-Style wardrobe with paint from Velvet Finishes/ Boho Luxe Home
– Build and Frame Chinoiserie Screen Behind Bed
-Upholster bench in leopard print cowhide from Fabric Place Basement- Alexandria
-Sew Bedding (Fabric Place Basement- Alexandria) and Pillows
-Hand Paint and sew four Silk Four Silk Curtain Panels from Fabric Place Basement- Alexandria
-Hang Art Style and style the Room to Eclectic-Glam Perfection
-Photograph/edit/write big reveal
– A Balanced Diet, Daily Showers, and 8 hours of sleep….pfffft….I WISH
Wish me luck folks….I think I’m going to need it.
Thank you so very much for joining me on the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge- Week 1. If you like what you see here don’t forget to come back and poke around a bit after visiting the Challenge and Guest participants. Oh, and following me is fun too ?. Don’t forget to check in each week as build this maximalist, and show stopping bedroom
Wainscot Panels really dress up a space so much, we are doing that next week so I completely took notes on your project this week. It looks great and the gloss white will open that space up too.
Thanks Jen. I can’t wait to see your bathroom moulding.
Absolutely love Metrie mouldings – we’ve used them for two room renovations in our 1903 farmhouse and it was so great finding something that fit in with our century home style. Great tips you’ve got here. Thanks for sharing 🙂
So many great tips. Can’t wait to follow along on the rest of the journey!
It’s crazy how much of a difference mouldings can make eh?! And we absolutely LOVE Metrie! PS. I’m still absolutely obsessed with those leopard chairs you did!
Oh my godddd it looks so good already…..!! Dammit Jewel, I’m so in love and mad at you at the same time, you’re driving me crazy lol
Thanks Marie 🙂 It’s funny. I like this white primer so much that I almost wish I picked white vs a color. Hope to get the color up in the next two days! Fingers crossed
Thanks Christine. I’m excited to see your bathroom come together.
Thanks so much Justyne! I’m liking your design plan too!!!!
Thanks Amanda! I am loving the big changes you have made already!!!
Jewel that moulding is divine! I’m so glad I found you here. LOVE your beautiful style.
Thanks so much Libbie. I’m excited to follow your beach house changes.
Thank you for this post. Your explanation and examples are so very clear. Now I want to add molding to every room.
You have done a great job of selecting and installing what must be miles of molding in your house. It looks fantastic.
This was so helpful! As we are starting the building process, it makes me excited to integrate some of these options in once we move in! I showed my husband and he absolutely loves it! Thanks for the inspiration!
Thanks so much Kristen. Glad it was helpful and I am so excited about your new home
All of those mouldings are gorgeous!!I can’t imagine the work it took to install all of that!
LOL…my husband probably feels like he has installed miles of moulding. He’s been a trooper. I’m so glad that it was helpful!
Thanks so much Mary. We have spent many a weekend with power tools. Hopefully the resell value added is worth it!
I loved all these tips and the molding you applied is to die for! This room is going to be incredible, it already looks amazing, but the colors and fabric combos are giving me all the heart eyes!
Holy cow, I am SOLD on mouldings after reading this. I’ve been going pretty minimal on the trim in this house because I was afraid it might look a little stuffy but the way you’ve used it is so fresh. I’m so excited to see this room!!
I love love love your molding plan for this room. Your addiction is quickly becoming my addiction. Can’t wait to see it with the paint…. it’s going great!!
What great suggestions for adding so much added interest to a room. Your before and afters are amazing! Can’t wait to see the end result.
Wow the moulding work in your home is absolutely stunning! I would have never guessed your ceilings were only 8 feet tall. Mine are only 8 feet tall. Now I really want all the moulding ???
These are amazing tips! Now I’m wanting to mould all the things. Especially on my 7 foot walls upstairs!!
Thanks so much Corinna! It has made a big difference…That and vertical wallpaper.
Thanks Emy. I am so glad that we’ve installed it.
Thanks Jackie! It make our home feel so much more finished.
Thanks so much Joannie! I just finished painting and it’s so pretty!!!
Great tips!! We love Metrie mouldings as well. Can’t wait to see how your master bedroom continues to take shape!
Thanks so much Tash! Metrie is the best!
Things are looking really good in there! I look forward to seeing the full room’s moulding.
Thanks Ariel. I hope to finish up the main wall and mural next week??? I may want to build the bed first?. Can I get another week in here? ?
I like how you added the flower detail on the ceiling. Here’ another idea I had: What do you think about adding an ornate flat chair rail right after the crown moulding on the ceiling to add the illusion of height?
I can’t believe you have 8 ft ceilings! I have 8 ft ceilings and I thought I couldn’t do mouldings like this. Your house is gorgeous. THANK YOU for sharing these pictures!
Thanks! It has added so much visual height!!! I love it!!! I would totally recommend it.
Thanks Allie! The moulding really helps!
Hi, I love your posts. Could you explain how you choose what width moulding you use for each room? Thanks! Amy
Hi! Thanks! Here is my insider tip. Go to the metrie.com website. You can click on the homeowner page and pick the style of moulding that you like. Then, they tell you which moulding are for different heights of ceilings. It gives you a pretty good gauge on the scale that should be used in a space. Hope that helps.
Your home is absolutely beautiful! I love all the wall panel details. My hubby and I recently put wall paneling up to add height to our 8 foot ceilings as well. May i ask what sheen you used on the walls with the picture frame moulding? I’m not sure to use satin or semi gloss. Thank you
Thanks Jennifer. I’ve tried almost all of the options, depending on the room. My favorite look is the super matte on the walls and professionally high glossed ceilings. I’ve also gone with more sheen in rooms with high traffic. Long story short, it all looked good.