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I'm the Interior Designer behind Janelle Steinberg Interior Design. I'm also a wife, mother, social tennis player, candle connoisseur and an avid list maker. I like wine, pearls, rainy days, museums and houses. I craft and bake on the weekends in my college sweatshirt and yoga pants. During the week I balance my toddler's playdates, my businesses and working with my clients throughout the country, (not in said sweatshirt or yoga pants).

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Chevron Moulding

· September 10, 2009

Along with swing arm wall sconces, I have an unnatural fascination, adoration and passion for mouldings and millwork. They set the stage for great interior style- whether ultra traditional or hip + cool transitional. The fastest way to dress up a box is to "trick it out" with moulding. Wainscot paneling, base mouldings, chair rails, crown mouldings, window casings, ceiling plans....the possibilities are endless. There are, of course, times when mouldings and fancy millwork are completely uncalled for- such is the case in a Mid-Century Modern house I'm currently working on. However, the majority of my projects are suitable for classic architectural details, and I am only too happy to design them for my clients.

(Let me insert two sidenotes here: 1) fixtures and finishes looks better in a room that is appointed with mouldings. Its sorta' like when people say a beautiful girl can wear a potato sack and still look stunning....well, beautiful millwork can wear the equivalent of potato sack furniture and still look pretty nice. Just something to remember when you are first moving in/building and you aren't sure where to put the money. Put it in mouldings and millwork first. Your property value will likely go up (don't quote me on that in this market!), your style quotient will go up, all your furniture will look better, and perhaps best of all- you won't have to live through the sawdust and noise of putting up mouldings after you're already moved in.) 2) I realize that for you people on the East Coast and parts of The South, you all "get it" already....but for the people who grew up west of the Rockies, its a different ballgame out here (sadly). Anything goes in the Wild West and out here, houses are a mixture of mostly Contemporary/Modern/Fast and Cheap Construction (which means mouldings and millwork are not included with the house, and it was quite possible the house was designed to look okay without mouldings- hence the "mod" conglomerations of  various styles that only evoke a sense of style, if any, on the outside). Thank goodness for the peppering of custom houses and old neighborhoods that haven't been destroyed in hilly enclaves and coastal cities- that's where the good stuff is!) Okay, back to the post at hand...

This is a design for a powder bathroom that gets pretty heavy use on a daily basis. I only mention heavy use because if it were to get "light use" and it was tucked away never to be seen my anyone other than the cleaning staff, I would probably just have specified a gorgeous paint for it and called it a day. But because this water closet is off the main living area, it needed to reinforce and respond to all the rest of the millwork in the home's public areas. I came up with cutting beadboard sheeting on the bias to create chevrons. I allowed a small degree of human error by also specifying stiles (little strips of wood placed vertically) flanking each chevron. The meeting with the carpenter was interesting, he told me he had ever done anything like it (I could tell he was a bit nervous when I gave him the drawing below). Of course he had no problems doing it (really, he is fantastic!). In the end- he was really proud of the work he did (as was I! It turned out exactly how I envisioned!) and the client loved it (music to my ears!).

This drawing was originally a sketch on some flimsy (design-world lingo for trace paper on a roll). When the client liked the idea, I went to the drafting baord to design it and draw an elevation to communicate my idea and the specifics needed for fabrication.


In progress shot...


A close up after paint. The paint finish is glossy- both because I love glossy mouldings, and because its really easy to clean. The rest of the wall was finished with navy blue grasscloth to bring in a textural element and accentuate the crispness of the millwork design.


After the wallcovering, but before installing the mirror and art. (This is why professional photographers are important! Not the best photo, I know.)


(The before photo)



Wow - what a great architectural detail! What style is this home? I associate the chevron pattern with French style, but this does not translate as overtly French to me, perhaps because of the navy and white color scheme.

I am curious, when you are working on a project where there is also a fantastic architect who does architectural design work like this, how do you decide who does what?

posted by (In)Decorous Taste

I like how this turned out. I agree with you completely about dressing up a room with mouldings, too. Architectural details make all the difference.

posted by

Hi Holly! Sorry for the late response...been traveling and playing catch up in the studio! The style of this home, on the exterior, is Cape Cod inspired. The interior is transitional with lots of mouldings. I loved this project!

This house was not a new construction project, so I didn't have to battle it out with an architect! Haha! But what I would do is look at their work to see if they could manage the architectural details I would like to see. A lot of Architects are so stinkin' modern! If I was hired first, I would also insist that I have more control over the interior design. If I was brought on later, and the architect was already doing mouldings- I would ask if I could participate in that process, since I consider it an important foundation layer in my designs.

posted by Elizabeth J.

Hi Janelle! I love this unique application of beadboard! You are so creative! I just posted about this design on my blog,

posted by

Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much! Cute blog!


This is one of the best articles about Chevron mouldings! Thanks for sharing. It sure helps!


I originally saw your chevron moulding on pinterest via my notting hill, and was completely blown away! It is amazing, and beautiful! I am also a lover of moulding and millwork, and we really lucked out on our home, it was built in the early nineties, but it was the show home for our neighborhood, so they went all out with the mouldings and architectural details. I think we will have to do something similar in our kitchen below the chair rail. This is so creative, and gorgeous, I love it!

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Hi Lauren- Thank you! The carpenter looked at my drawings and said he had never done anything like it before. When he was finished- he was so proud of himself! He did a phenomenal job. Lucky you to live with such great architectural detailing! I'm in the process of designing it all for our house (we haven't been here six months yet! still unpacking, it seems!). Best of luck with your project! Would love to see photos when its done!

posted by Amanda Nicol

This is stunning!! Could you tell me where you got the navy grasscloth?

posted by Meg L

This is awesome! I am trying to figure out where I want his in my house...did your guy use the regular bead board sheets from the local hardware store like Home Depot? Thanks!

posted by mrs keri h

I too would love to know which grass cloth that is. I plan to hang a navy grass cloth in our powder room and am trying to find the perfect one. Love this bathroom - great job!

posted by Amy at Casablanca

Very Creative! Looks awesome! I too am curious about your grasscloth wallpaper - it's beautiful!

posted by Joyce Friend

I would like to know about the sink. What is the company's name?

posted by WaldyJenn
April 14 at 8:33 PM

Hi, I really admire your design choices. I have also been picturing a sink and toilet in my mind for our Reno that looks like yours and wonder if you would be willing to share the and style name?

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