When it comes to sophistication and distinction, there is no better area of the home than a formal dining room. This is the place to design your paint, furniture and decorations in such a way as to create a lasting impression. One of the best ways to augment the stateliness of a formal dining room is to install new mouldings. Let's begin with the top of the room, and work our way down.
In rooms with a smooth, painted ceiling, a piece of trim can be installed on the ceiling itself, about 8 to 12 inches from the wall, tracing the perimeter of the room. In conjunction with crown moulding, the look is very sophisticated. Another option is to use multi-part crown, which adds a weighty, traditional feel. Also, a small piece of trim can be installed horizontally on the wall, 8 to 10 inches below the crown moulding. This is best in tall rooms, and looks quite distinguished.
Chair rail is also a piece of horizontal moulding, which is applied 3 to 4 feet from the ground. Originally designed to prevent chair-backs from damaging the walls, chair rail has grown into a popular decorative feature in many homes, and it can be used with or without wainscoting below it.
Wainscoting is a moulding that covers the lower portion of a wall, under the chair rail. It is often a set of frames and panels set in a pattern across the wall, adding depth and detail to the room.
Once your new mouldings are installed, there are now endless possibilities for painting. Use multiple shades of the same color to make your new details really stand out, bringing visual interest to the space. Paint a lighter color above your chair rail and a darker below, or paint the frames of your wainscoting a different color from the panels. If you have added another strip of moulding to your upper wall, near the crown, consider painting the wall-space between the crown and moulding a different color from the rest of the wall. Whatever kinds of trim, mouldings or wainscoting you add to your formal dining room, it is sure to add that beauty and individuality that you crave!
A. Allbright Painting employs skilled craftsmen who can install many kinds of trim and moulding. We are happy to work with you to craft a design that will highlight the existing beauty and add new elements to your formal dining room. Based in the Santa Clarita Valley, we serve the Los Angeles region.