Transform your walls

Architectural mouldings are the easiest way to transform an uninteresting room into something truly dramatic.

Below is the living room of interior designer Phoebe Howard’s Atlanta apartment. Walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Clunch, a soft warm white. The room’s showpiece is a George III gilded mirror with a broken pediment. Curtains in Schumacher cotton sateen are tucked directly under the cornice.Her husband, architect James Howard, installed classical revival paneling with acanthus corbels and moldings. The ceilings are only eight and a half feet, but by using an egg-and-dart cornice that projects into the rooms and onto the ceilings, rather than one that sits flat on the walls, he created the illusion of greater heightin this room.

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