Welcome aboard!

 Hello there folks, and welcome to my very first blog post!

Finally at last, after what seems like an eternity, I've summoned up the bottle to start writing my blog! I'm not really sure why its taken me so long to get started, I guess, truth be told I was just being a big ol scaredy cat, and you know what? you don't get too far in life by giving into fear like that so I figure now's the time to face that fear and just go for it!

So all that having been said, what am I going to talk about?

Well one of the first questions I always seem to get asked whenever i get the opportunity to say I'm an Interior designer is "Whats your style?" which on the one hand is great, that people are showing an interest, but its a really difficult question to answer in one simple clear sentence (and perhaps a subject for another blog post) I usually say my style is eclectic, colourful and layered, and its the layered aspect id like to chat about today, in particular how to add another "layer" to walls, other than paint or wallpaper. One of the easiest ways, this can be achieved is to think about adding decorative mouldings to your walls.

 

image - Benjamin Moore Paint

image - Benjamin Moore Paint

As you can see in the image above by adding a few simple mouldings and a dado rail, this plain standard wall has had an instant facelift, speaking of surgery, i like to think of adding mouldings as improving the bone structure of a room, and we all know how great folks look who have been blessed with great cheekbones will always look, no matter how wrinkly they may get! well the same principle can be applied to your walls.

 Below are some more examples of just how effective this can be.

Image - Marks &Spencer

Image - Marks &Spencer

Here is a typically normal Scandi style set up in a kitchen, which isn't horrible by any means but see how fabulous the added detail on the walls helps to add that all important extra "layer" and takes a room from OK to WA-HAYYY!!

Image - Kimberley Duran/Swoon Worthy Blog

Image - Kimberley Duran/Swoon Worthy Blog

Here in this fabulous living room, its been cranked up a notch, with a double set of mouldings, one slightly thicker than the other (you don't have to only have one) the mouldings and the walls have all been painted out in a rich dark shade, but see how the mouldings stand out even more?, add to this the mis-matched artwork and you begin to see the layers building up.

Image - Lucas Allen / House & Garden Magazine. Wallpaper, Pierre Frey

Image - Lucas Allen / House & Garden Magazine. Wallpaper, Pierre Frey

It doesn't stop there you can build up even more layers, like in this really charming tweens room, here we have 2 different wall colours, then the mouldings, then wallpaper has been added, and finally framed artwork on top of that! All of which help to create a truly sumptuous look. So as you can see there really are endless possibilities as to how far you want to go with mouldings

So, on that note I hope i've given you all some inspiration, so that next time your thinking of redecorating one of your rooms have little think about adding that "secret" layer, I promise you wont be disappointed!

Till next time,

Oliver x