Interior Finishes - Mouldings
Homeowners are always seeking to enhance the beauty and value of their homes. Some may choose to do this with expensive renovations and redesigning but you don’t always need dramatic changes to spice things up. Small changes can have a big impact too. One way to enhance the appearance of your home and give it a more elegant feel, without breaking the bank, is to add decorative moulding. Simply put, moulding is strip of material used to create a border or frame around interior and exterior edges. Mouldings are often used to cover transitions between surfaces but more often used for decoration to add that “finishing touch”. Mouldings have the ability to give life to an otherwise plain and dull room and will ultimately increase the value of your property. They come in a variety of types and it is important to distinguish each type and their uses.
Types of Mouldings
Casing – This type of moulding is used around doors and window frames. These are usually the most visible mouldings in a room. Baseboard – As the name implies, this type of moulding is used on the base of a wall, where the wall meets the floor. They are usually wider than casings, about three to five inches in width. Crown – This type of moulding literally “crowns” the room. It is installed at the top of the wall where it meets the ceiling and is designed to add an extravagant flair to the room. Chair rail – Where other types of moulding may be purely for decoration, chair rails play a dual role. It can be installed purely for decorative purposes but also to protect walls from being damaged by furniture. Picture rail – Like chair rails, picture rails serve a practical and decorative purpose. It allows a homeowner to hang photos and artwork without having to damage their walls with nails. Cove – Cove mouldings are a less ornate version of crown mouldings. These are also installed where the wall and ceiling meet. Dentil – Dentil moulding is a pattern of small blocks, used to form a decorative band. While it is most commonly used to enhance crown moulding, it can also be used in other areas. Egg-and-Dart – This type of moulding is named for its design which incorporates oval, egg-like shapes and dart patterns. The design has ancient Greek origins and is still popular in modern-day architecture. Batten - Batten moulding is a strip used to cover the seams between panels of decorative wall boards. It is also referred to as board-and-batten. Bead/Pearl – This type of moulding is named for its intricate design of small beads or pearls in a single row. It is commonly used with other designs, typically in crown moulding or chair rails.