A Surprising Design Detail that will Transform Your Interior

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I’m going to be honest with you... I wish this design detail had a sexier name. It gives your home fabulous character, it can help cover up structural gaps, and it raises your ROI when it comes to resale.

Have you guessed it yet?

It’s… molding!

No, not the molding that gifted humanity penicillin. It’s the kind that dresses up walls and corners, doorways and windows, staircases and ceilings. The kind that makes you stop and stare at a room, even if you’re not quite sure why.

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Several beautiful examples of molding… all in one fabulous dining room.


Why Choose Molding?

I already shared three pretty good reasons (if I do say so myself), but let me elaborate for you:

1 | Trim can be functional by covering gaps between walls & floors

2 | Molding is beautifully decorative, adds a vibe of richness & gives a home distinctive character

3 | The millwork is part of your home’s structure and offers a great return on investment when it comes to resale

What are Some Popular Types of Molding?

I’m so glad you asked, because there are MANY different types of molding. Don’t let the names confuse you — take a look at the styles to see which speak to you most.

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Casing Molding: for trims doors, windows & other openings (source)

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Cornice Molding: creates a decorative transition between walls and ceilings. Cornices are often combined with other moldings to form decorative mantels & frames (source).

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Baseboard Molding: protects the bottom of wall from wear & tear and hides gaps between wall & floor (source)

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Wainscoting: any trim installed on the wall between baseboard & chair rail (source)

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Pillars or Column Molding: can provide support or be merely decorative (source)

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Pilasters: vertical molding attached to a wall, usually made to resemble the surface of a pillar (source)

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Chair Rail: a horizontal band installed on the wall about 30-36" above the floor (source)


Meet Some Popular Molding Profiles

The variety continues...

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Fillet, cavetto, congé, ogee, beak, and reeding molding (source)

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Dentil (middle layer), egg-and-dart molding (bottom layer, source)

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Bullnose molding (source)

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Quarter round molding (source)


Tips for Selecting the Best Molding for Your Space

Not all molding will look as fabulous in your space as it does in someone else’s. Every home is different and there are a few factors you’ll have to consider before making a decision. Here are my top 3 tips:

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1 | Scale is important. In a larger room, it’s better to go big and bold versus slim and skimpy. Plain, slender molding might look wonderful in your friend’s home office but could disappear completely in your master bedroom.

2 | Molding should be consistent with the architecture of your home and the style of your furnishings. For example, Craftsman style homes consist of simple square shapes and lines, which your molding should reflect. Victorian style homes, however, are perfectly compatible with molding that’s full of ornamentation.

3 | Trim can be stunningly painted to contrast with your walls. White is popular and provides a crisp look, especially if your walls are darker (see example below). Or, trim can be painted the same color as, or complementary to, the walls, like the example above. It’s up to you!

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Note: If you need a design consultation for your space, but you don’t want a full-service design package, our GoDesign service might be perfect for you.

That’s it for this month. I want to take this quick moment to thank you for following along with us in 2018. We can’t wait to bring you even more style, savvy, and B&A transformations in the New Year.

See you next month!
Maria