HGTV's Fixer To Fabulous Unveils A Stunning Solution To Dress Up A Big Boring Wall

Dave and Jenny Marrs frequently shock homeowners with stunning redesigns on HGTV's "Fixer to Fabulous," where they often transform awkward and drab interiors into functional and beautiful spaces that cater specifically to the aesthetics and needs of the homeowners. While the duo often helps maximize the potential of small spaces, even larger and more grand spaces can sometimes benefit from a little love. In a recent episode, the design gurus transformed a large master bedroom that lacked character and definition into an Art Deco-inspired dream bedroom, and the centerpiece was the large white wall above the bed, which the Marrs outfitted with a stylish vintage-style box trim configuration that instantly incorporated personality and visual interest to the room. The addition immediately renders the space with movement and dynamism echoed in the remodel of the fireplace across the room. 

The effect is polished and elevated without being fussy, adding character to the boring flat walls in a way that befits a much older construction. Frame, sometimes called box molding, also expertly blends with the sleek 1930s and 1940s feel of the space, with nothing else needed on the wall. The addition of box trim is a great way to add interest in your own home and make your walls stand out, with many options for customization to fit your aesthetics. 

Using frame molding to add texture and interest

Box trim and molding is a great way to add visual interest to a large wall. While artwork can often be small and overwhelmed on a large vertical surface, other methods to create a focal wall can sometimes prove to be too much pattern or color if you are trending toward a more minimalistic aesthetic. This means box trim, which can be painted to blend in or stand out from the surrounding wall, is a great way to get more character without adding visual clutter. The effect is far sleeker and more refined.

Frame molding is also a very inexpensive way to make a big impact, coming in various materials, including lightweight polystyrene, excellent for places where moisture and temperature variations may be problematic for wood (like bathrooms or kitchens). Most framed molding, whatever its dimensions, can be nailed to the wall directly with penny nails, liquid nails, or a nail gun. Simply cover the holes with wood putty and paint and stain as desired. You can even purchase pre-cut pieces that are in various configurations like rectangles and diamonds that eliminate having to cut them to size yourself. Peel-and-stick trim molding is perfect for rental homes and can just be removed when you move out. Despite its budget-friendly install, frame or box molding instantly can make a room look more expensive. 

Making it work for you

While the Art Deco décor pattern that Marrs chose fit the homeowners classic minimal and glam style, frame molding is actually great for many different design aesthetics, adding texture and greater dimension in any space. For a classic vintage Paris apartment look, choose simple rectangles with other curved details in classic white on a white wall. For a more cozy and colorful feel, paint the molding the same rich color as the backing wall. While the molding provides interest enough on its own, the recesses are also great for framing and highlighting artwork or serving as borders for a mural or wallpaper.

Create a paneled look with long rectangles floor to ceiling or use molding only on the upper or lower portion of the wall. You can also combine it with wainscoting or paneling and crown molding above at the ceiling. Use thicker strips to create a diamond or grid look for a more cottage or cabin-inspired space, or like the Marrs, a box and line Art Deco design. For a more Baroque décor-inspired room, combine the frame molding strips with other details like carved florals and scrollwork that can be applied and painted the same color as the trim. Or paint it gold for a little extra glamour.