Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The One Where You Come In.

You know what I call my basement, besides "the dungeon"?

The "Man Cave". It really kinda is the hub's personal man cave. 'N that's fine. I'm cool with that. It's so freaking cold down there, anyway-- almost need to kill my Tantaun and climb in just to keep warm.

Sorry. Nerdy Star Wars joke.

Anyways,

when I finally got up the time and the cajones to want to work and awesome-ify the man cave, that meant I had to ask the hubs for permission.

To my everlasting surpreese, he conceded.

So! I kinda sorta need your opinion. Okey dokey? Let's get right down to biz-nis. Please regard the man cave again:

Okay. Frame it in with your thumb and forefinger.

Are you doing that? This is what I've got in mind down there. Picture it:

wallpaper border. Pink. Maybe kittens.

I know, right?

Okay, but really. . . of course, we're talking molding.


Had this pinned for, like, evah. I just love the simple look of ginormous box molding, don't you? Sigh. This did get the hubs approval. After my kitten border didn't.

And so, I got to work today. Man I love box molding. Did I already say that?




Yes, you do see pencil marks on my wall.


Haven't used my nailgun much lately. Reunited. . . and it feels so good. . .

Okay. So here's where you come in. This is the thing:

I love the pop of white molding against a wall with color.

I've done that.


But. BUT-- keep in mind that I have the mile-long wall that I'm about to cover in molding boxes:

And you just know how looooooong walls with drywall are, don'tcha? They're not the straight and narrow.

So-

here's the dealy-o. Hubs thinks we should keep the molding white. I think we should keep it the wall color. Sorta like this.

Source: bhg.com via Mandi on Pinterest



See what I mean? Molding with the same color can hold it's own. Might even help with my loooong, imperfect wall, too.



(I simply must find a way to do this awesome molding. Somewhere.)



White? Wall color? White? Wall color??

And maybe this doesn't even matter.
So, I'm torn. Please, aidez moi.

42 comments:

Catherine G said...

I vote for wall color! (Although I might be biased because I did that with the box molding I put up in my master bedroom, and I think it looks subtle and and more connected to the wall.)

Rach said...

Wall color.
Because white seems so boring after seeing all those inspiration pics! : )

Dialogue said...

wall color! it'll mix it up a bit

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I vote wall color because it adds that subtle detail but won't "pop" out, like the white molding would. But that's just me...

good luck!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Is that the wall color you are going to use? If so, try adding the molding see how it looks in the end, if the wall is too off, then paint it all the same color. It's not a man cave until there is a dead animal somewhere in the room. I am redoing my husband's next.

Heidi said...

Wall color! All the way! And I think you should add a faux column on the super long wall. No? :)

Jill Ann said...

My vote? Wall color.

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

wall color.

then ledge it, and make a cool ass gallery wall. that wall is screaming for it.

Dee said...

I vote wall color!

Lisa Scibilia said...

I vote wall color too! Texture without being visually busy.

SueAnn said...

Well I like the pop of white...esp. with the white moulding. But wall color probably more practical given the length of the wall.
Good luck
Hugs
SueAnn

Bee said...

Well- why not just finish it up and see how you like it- then you can paint it the wall color if you don't?:)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I really liked the photo of the gray walls and molding, but what Bee says above is good advice.

Rhiannon said...

I like the white a little bit more. But both are pretty! Are you doing one huge rectangle of molding on the long wall? Then it wouldn't be quite so much painting... :) can you tell I'm lazy?

Lori said...

What kind of nail gun do you have? It doesn't look too huge and is it easy to handle?

-Lisa said...

Wall color hands down. The wall will look even longer and busy if you contrast the color of the molding. You don't want to draw attention to such a long wall, just make it visually pleasing.
That's my two cents!!
Good luck.

Jenna said...

I say wall color, but you can't really go wrong either way!

Sara said...

Wall color. I love that last grey molding picture.

ACW said...

I say make them stand out. The molding is too skinny for blending in with the wall color. All your wall color inspiration pics had substantial molding. But I say don't go white. I say go darker than the wall color. Or go bold. Orange? Teal? Navy blue? Depends on your wall color.
Perhaps two-toned, diagonally, as to bring about a light and shadow effect?

Libby said...

Wait until you finish to see but my gut says wall colour because the molding looks a little thin right now--like the wall is swallowing it up. But with all of it up it might not.

I like the faux column idea too...I'd have the wall covered with photos...want some? I have tons I could display.

I drool with envy with being able to 'fix' the man cave...I still don't have permission to correct my hubbins cave.

Layne Bushell said...

Wall Color!!! I loved all the inspiration photos...it'll be fantastic!

anna said...

Wall color, because it makes it look more like you have paneled walls, as opposed to just some moulding up there. Especially since you are going to be doing such large squares. If anything, maybe get some sort of glaze or something a hint darker to add some definition to the sides or nooks and crannys of the moulding without changing the color? ...but only subtle-ey (not sure if that's a word...)

Suesan said...

ooohhh! I like the faux column idea above. I say wall color, but I'd do what Bee said and finish it out first and maybe even live with it for a bit before you decide.

my happy bluebird said...

I am going by the molding and paint color that you are showing. I think the molding should stay white. If you paint it the same color as your wall, it is going to look like a 1930's "depression era" house. If you are going to do the wide recessed molding and paint the entire wall white, that would look good also.

WhettenWild said...

I don't know which to say....but dang that is gonna look purty. Sure like all of the pictures too. Wish I was that cool.

Oh, and you have now met an acceptable quota for posts for this week. wink wink.

Marilyn said...

I vote kittens.

I'd keep it white, and then refer to it as "a primer coat" if you paint it wall color later.

Katie said...

Usually I would say white, but I think in the "man cave" if may go better being subdued and painting it the wall color. But I don't think it would look back with white either.

Pia said...

Your husband is right! The long wall needs something happening to it.

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

wall color. with your fabby idea to put in a lot i think it would look too much like picture frames if you had them something other than the wall color.

Nicki Rocky said...

Why not try the mould a shade darker than the wall? Should hide imperfections but still stand out.

stephaniegiese said...

The wall color, most def. You are so lucky to have such a looong wall. It would look awesome with something like this: http://pinterest.com/pin/261631059572050877/

Whatever you do will be gorgeous, as usual.

The Egan 4 said...

First - I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Star Wars nerdy joke!! I just had to clarify to my Mother on Superbowl Sunday that the Tantaun was the animal Han Solo used to keep Luke warm..
Second - I vote wall color for your meat locker!! Although white would be cool too...

Audra said...

I agree...wall color. He will thank you for it. If you figure out how to do the awesomeness that is the chunky molding puhleez share. I have serious love for that plus size molding. Serious...l.o.v.e.

auntiejenni said...

definitely ALL one gorgeous color...something warm with just a hint of bright, but very masculine & a tad mysterious...oh, and rich. the white is sorta/kinda...girlie-not-so-much-man-caveish--i think. you could even....on those loooong walls, go with a thicker molding...like on some of your sample pictures...but not soooo thick. can you strike a happy medium girler? plus...you could put...stuff in those molded rectangles....i'm a stuffer.
so the vote? ALL one color. tell your man to just trust you...completely and with all yer heart.

Michelle Johnnie said...

I think it should be HOT pink! That would really spice it up! BTW, I am copying your kitchen. After seeing your backsplash, I went to Lowes and found the tile on sale and bought enough for my kitchen. Now my mom wants to do it too! Thanks for the great idea!!!!!!!!

james and bess said...

normally, i would vote for color, but in this case, i'd say go with white. if the box molding were more substantial, i'd say go with the wall color, but since it's more.... slender-ish, a white or off-white would help it pop. also, it would be totally fun to put a movie poster in each "box!" and install those art lights over them to highlight them! wishing i had a man-cave to design... :)

bess

Spencer & Lorilyn Crum said...

Okay, this comment is going to be absolutely no help, but I really don't know, because I like them both. I think either way you decide they will look mandi-licious. So I will say, rock paper scissors for it.

Ann Marie Heasley said...

Wall color. Viva la beige!


(please don't leave me?)

Ann Marie Heasley said...

Sorry I Ron Burgundy-ed there :-/

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Wall color, definitely. The white is nice but feels more formal to me. But I am late on the bandwagon for my opinion and you are probably already done with it all!

Teri said...

Wow - lots of votes for wall colour! I say, whatever floats your boat...but starting white seems easier because you can always just paint over the whole shmoodle afterward if you want it wall colour...unless that is somehow a painting no-no.

beccalouise said...

I like the white with those thin molding pieces. I think it is crisp and basements can always use some light colors in my opinion or you really will end up with a cave. But, that being said it could be fun to paint them a color, but I wouldn't go the same color as your walls. To me it might look like someone just got lazy and painted everything the same color. After the trouble of making those, I say keep them a different color so it can be seen. It would look nice with that gray color from your first example picture on the wall!