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 August 2017

Fresh Ideas for Your Home

Decorative moldings can help frame your home design plan.

They're the perfect finishing touch for windows, doors, walls and ceilings.

Decorative moldings on walls, windows, doors and ceilings add texture and interest to your home, no matter what your design style.


Moldings come in so many shapes, sizes and finishes. They can consist of one simple layer or several stacked layers to add embellishment. Traditionally moldings have been made of wood, but today they’re often constructed from materials that look like wood, but are more durable and budget friendly.


Molding usually works best when it complements the design of your home; for example, a Victorian home may have heavily ornamented moldings, while a modern home has squared, simple moldings or no moldings at all. We tend to think of moldings in white or off-white colors, with walls painted a different shade. However, light colored walls with dark molding can be a dramatic choice too!  Just consider your options:



Casing around the entire window frame

An apron on the bottom

A pediment on the top

A decorative or fluted design on the sides


Doors (both exterior and interior):

Casing around the sides and/or tops

Raised paneling on the door itself



Baseboards at floor level

Crown molding at ceiling level

Raised paneling, possibly with wallcoverings or mirrors in insets

Wainscotting and picture rails, with the choice of different paints or wallcoverings above and below

Paneling around a fireplace or built-in shelving

Wall paneling behind a bed instead of a headboard

Stepped paneling going up a stairway



Around chandeliers in the dining room or foyer


Decorative moldings can help shape your décor. They’re like adding just the right accessories to a beautiful outfit!

© 2017 Hunter Douglas

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