I often use a single horizontal line – molding, tile, window sills or other elements – to bring unity to a design.
In this kitchen/dining remodel in Silver Spring, MD, we set the height of the wainscoting at the same height as the top of the backsplash. We used the same height in the breakfast area as in the dining room. Notice as you look through the rooms, you have the same reference horizontal line bringing together all the design elements.
We used the same technique in this very small bath in Washington, DC to help unify very disjoint elements. We purposely set the height of the wainscoting and medicine cabinet to the height of the existing window sill. By doing so, we simplified the lines in a small bath that is bisected by sections of ceiling lowered to accommodate pipes. This technique helps make the window and soffits become an integral part of the composition.
All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Build