Borrowing an old trick from stately homes in Europe, no they did not all have fantastic molding rich in detail, more often than not actually simple painted borders that were neatly done to create the look of paneling worked equally as well. It’s not so much that you actually need the texture so much as you want the feeling of texture. Here’s a image from an old estate home in Italy, the colors mirror the classic warmth that is found in countless Italian countryside homes. Couple quick tips to keep in mind that we can use. The inner color, that which will have the most impact on the room should be the lightest color, you don’t want to make your overhead too dark, keep the room bright. Then each successive layer out to the borders, have darker. The mid-border color can match the walls, or in this case they used red to help make a “pop”. Continuing the border down slightly on to the wall gives the effect of shadow.