French moulding

Photos: Jonny Valiant

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"A plain room can really benefit from decorative molding," says Swift. If crown molding along the ceiling gets pricey, add molding to the walls. "Measure out squares or rectangles on your walls and have a home-improvement store cut thin molding to your specifications," she says. "Some people choose to paint theirs white, and the wall a darker color, but I like everything the same. It's easier to execute—and visually interesting without being distracting."