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Shadow Box Molding

May 17, 2011 in Bathroom, Bedroom, Beige, Blue, Bright, Classic, Dining room, Feminine, Gray, Hottest Designers, Living room, Mirror / Wall Acessory, Pink, Purple, White

photography by Brandon Barré

If there is one thing to love about classic buildings, it’s definitely the wainscot. And just to cover all bases, wainscot is wooden panels, most often seen covering the lower part of a wall. It was originally popular for its insulationg property, but is mostly used as decoration these days.

A more simple and less costly variant of wainscot is the shadow box molding. It’s basically just thin molding, and the possibilities are endless. Let’s take a look at some great examples:


Image via brides

The owners of this entryway added tall baseboards and shadow boxes on the lower half of the walls and even on the door, to make the space more interesting. It definitely worked!


image via Style at Home

Although these shadow boxes looks to be recessed, this style can easily be recreated with thin strips of molding. (to see paint color suggestion for this room click here )


image via Brides, design by Mary mcDonald

Another example of shadow box molding. Such a great way to bring contrast to a dark paint color. (To see more of this bedroom and paint color suggestion, click here)


image via Apartment Therapy

But that’s not to say that shadowbox molding doesn’t work equally well on lighter walls as well. You can see a very different take on this in the teen bedroom of the same home as the one above ;)


Burnham Design

A beautiful beige living room decorated with shadow box molding. I think this is a great example of the depth this molding can create.


design by Kendall Wilkinson

The moldings may be in a color contrasting to the paint color, or painted the same color as the walls to add texture instead of a prominent visual element. (You can see more of this bedroom here).


image via Horchow

Mix it up for a more modern take. Here the boxes are designed in a geometric pattern, using bamboo moldings.


image via Sherwin Williams

Here’s a fun example where the interior of the shadow boxes are painted a color that complements the general paint color. Such a fun and pretty dining room!


image via Sherwin Williams

Another variation is to paint the moldings a color other than white (not pictured ;).


Or you can of course use beautiful wallpaper!


Image via Apartment Therapy

And here’s a fun option for renters: metallic tape shadow boxes!


8 responses to Shadow Box Molding

  1. I love this post and want to copy this all over my house :)

  2. WOW! This is a fantastic post! I ♥ that bathroom in the first pic. I might have to use that moulding idea in my guest bathroom. Great inspiration!


  3. Loved seeing all the examples you found! I love moulding, makes a space feel so much more special!

  4. Some of these images are just too much. I cant take it. I need a bigger house so that I can fit them all into my space!

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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