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Enhancing Your Home with Decorative Moldings

South Shore Custom Cabinet - Enhancing Your Home with Decorative Moldings

There is no denying the beauty of decorative moldings in a home. They can add a level of depth, charm, and character to any room in your home or office space.

​While decorative molding is nothing new, in recent years, it has become extremely popular.

What Exactly Is Decorative Moldings?

Decorative moldings are the trim you often see around doors, windows, baseboards, and ceilings. They can also be seen on mantles, safety rails, and handrails.
These moldings can be made from hardwoods, stone, softwoods, composite materials, fiberglass, and various other materials.
Back in the day, most decorative moldings were made using natural wood. And while beautiful they were, they were also challenging to paint. The composites used in this day and age don’t require any priming or sanding. They are also a lot easier to cut and paint than natural wood is.

The Three Most Common Types of Decorative Moldings

Many different types of decorative moldings can be used to spruce up a room. However, there are some that are the most common. Let’s briefly discuss the top three.

Crown Molding

Crown molding is, without a doubt, the most common type of decorative molding. This overhead crowning flares out into space at the very point where the ceiling and walls meet. It is most often seen in Victorian and Colonial style homes.
The great thing about crown molding is that it can be as simple or as elaborate as possible. There is literally no limit to creativity and design – there are thousands of patterns and styles to choose from.  If you have a lot of imperfections, crown molding can serve as the perfect concealer.
It is made to sit on the wall and ceiling at the same time. This helps enhance the overall visibility of the space. When you have crown molding, it immediately draws the eyes of anyone who walks in the room.


Casing is another popular decorative molding that can be used both inside and outside. It is the type of molding that goes around the perimeter of doors and windows.
Generally, casings are 2 to 3 inches wide. However, there are deeper designs that are also available.
If you are seeking a simple and effective way to refine your doors and windows’ look, casing is the way to go. And the best part is you can customize it to fit with the design that’s already in the space.

Picture Frame Molding

Last but not least, we have picture frame molding. Picture frame moldings are exactly what they sound like. They are square or rectangular shapes that look like empty picture frames. You will usually see them lining hallways and stairs.
This oldie but goodie can add an excellent level of detail to an otherwise plain-looking wall. While not as common, picture frame molding can also be used on the ceiling. When used on the ceiling, it mimics a coffered look.

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If you would like to add another visual element to the wall, consider using chair rails. They have significant advantages and can be used on the lower levels of the wall.

Give Us a Call Today

As you can see, decorative moldings can be used in a variety of different ways. All are unique in their own right and bring something extra special to any living space.
​The important thing is to discover the right one for your unique space.
If you need help coming up with the right style, our custom cabinet team would love to help. Give us a call today for a free instant quote.

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