Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Rose is trying to create a unique wainscoting design in her dining room, and is looking for input on the details. Here’s what she says:
I have created a mock up for wainscoting using cardboard.
I don’t know whether to paint the bottom portion of wall SW Ivoire (like the top) where the white wall is now, or leave it white. We will have the picture frame wainscoting painted white, and in the middle of the wainscoting, place three 4×4 inch bronze colored tiles. (They have an edge around each side to be used as a stand alone tile piece.) These tile pieces would match the oil rubbed bronze light fixture and ceiling medallion.
The other strip of cardboard below the white wallpaper boarder would represent chair molding. Would it look funny to have the chair molding that low, or should we raise the wallpaper border, and place the chair molding where the wallpaper border is now?
Also, would it look funny to place these same bronze tile pieces around the bottom part of the tray ceiling.
This is in the dining room.
I would greatly appreciate your opinion on this.
First, let me just say that when I read “wallpaper border” (before seeing the photos) I was ready to beg you to forgo the wallpaper border. But then I was pleasantly surprised to see that the wallpaper border you’re referring to is a beautiful anaglypta. Anaglypta will never go out of style, and is perfect for use in a traditionally styled home.
My suggestion would be to paint all of the wainscoting white, but I would definitely incorporate the anaglypta border into the wainscoting, and make it look like it’s all part of the wainscoting design.
In order to do that, I would put a smaller (but still substantial and decorative) moulding below the anaglypta border, and then put the chair rail above the anaglypta border. That will give it more visual weight, and make it look more like an architectural feature rather than just a wallpaper border.
I couldn’t find an example of what I’m talking about, but I used a very similar concept in my mom’s bathroom remodel. I wanted a traditional wainscoting in there, but I also wanted to add a bit of sparkle with a row of glass tiles, so I incorporated the tiles into the wainscoting between two pieces of moulding — a smaller moulding on the bottom, and a chair rail on top.
So I would suggest a similar treatment for your anaglypta border. Again, the addition of the moulding on bottom and on top of the border will simply elevate it from “wallpaper border” to “architectural detail” and give it more visual weight and more importance in the room as part of the wainscoting design.
As far as the bronze tiles, I personally would leave those off. I do understand wanting to incorporate the bronze from the chandelier and other metal items in the room, but I think having metal tiles attached to to the wainscoting will look like an afterthought. If they could actually be inset somehow, that might be different, and it would look completely intentional (although still not needed, in my opinion). But having them stuck on top of the wainscoting…I just can’t picture that having a professional, designer look to it at all. But I could very well be wrong about that! 🙂
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