What "To Do" . . . or "Not to Do" with mouldings and trim
Trim and moulding, even in small quatities, can instantly dress up a room, and give it a finished look. And it is something that beginners can afford and install, as well as the seasoned DIYers. True, you must be accurate in your measuring and cutting, but newbies can use straight cuts, butted where as experience allows the more complicated mitered cuts and joints.
And your pieces can be anything from inexpensive, primed MDF or pine that you'll paint, all the way up to solid, finished hardwoods that you stain.
Right now, let's not worry so much about the process, and just have fun looking at some wonderful examples from the HOUZZ files.
Note the adjacent wall's ceiling treatment. A bit thicker top piece, with a more narrow bottom trim, with painted wall left exposed between. A very nice effect as is. But for budget minded DIYers, you can use this same technique but paint trim and inner strip of wall all the same color. It makes your moldings look bigger, and more grand, without having to purchase a third section of trim.
Vaulted ceilings are often tough to configure for mouldings. I feel that this works because the wall paint color is consistent, below, above and onto the ceiling as well. Second thing here, is how drapery rod is hung mid-way on the moulding. Nice here, and again, the dark rod helps balance other darks in the decor.
This photo, one of the first I came to on HOUZZ in this category, is included for a couple of reasons. It is a great example of what can be done with trim. Also, see how the curtain rod is not above the molding, but attached below the crown piece, right onto the window. Leaving a bit of top trim exposed is a nice look with a bright drape. Plus, here the dark rod helps the wall tie in with the dark light fixture. Good idea.