I'm a bit of a fan of bright white mouldings - I think they make a room look fresh and bright - especially those with period details and high ceilings. Adding glossy black doors and a narrow border in the cornice to a room makes all the difference, it adds a modern graphic touch to what could be an otherwise traditional interior. I love how these designers have used borders in the mouldings to literally frame the room.
The technique, used by Steven Gambrel with perfection, looks fantastic in the entrance of this very smart gentleman's apartment.
A very grand room by Eileen Katherine Boyd in a NY showhouse. She has elaborated on this technique by adding a border to the corners of each wall, and along the skirting - truly framing the walls of the room. A stunning result.
A similar concept - Suzanne Rheinstein frames the entrance to her dining room with red grosgrain ribbon. How fabulous! Photo from the Elle Decor book, "Designing Women".
Now, if only my ceilings were this high...!