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Creative Ways to Use Decorative Mouldings

One of the easiest ways to add instant character to any home or business is with decorative wood moulding. What's even better about mouldings made from wood is the ability to match existing architectural features and include uniquely original and visually appealing details. While it may seem like a minor addition, there really is a big difference between interiors or exteriors without custom wood moulding and ones with a decorative touch in the right places. There are many creative ways you can use wood decorative mouldings.

Continuous, Attractive Transitions

Decorative wood moulding creates a seamless transition from one room to the next. From a practical standpoint, mouldings are used to cover up points where walls go into ceilings, floors, or around windows and doors. Because wood is such a highly versatile material, it's an excellent choice for mouldings. It can also be tailored to unique preferences and architectural styles to create attractive yet subtle transitions from one room to the next.

Mouldings come in a variety of styles and designs, an assortment of popular wood species that include oak, cherry, maple, mahogany, and walnut, and hundreds of profiles. Even so, they are generally grouped into categories based on their application and where they're commonly used. For instance:

Window Moulding
  • Wood crown moulding: Generally used near ceilings.

  • Base mouldings: Often found at the bottom of walls.

  • Casings: Used to make doors and windows more attractive.

  • Dentil moulding: Small blocks of decorative wood used as a repeating ornament.

  • Floor moulding: Grooved moulding used for residential and commercial wood flooring.

  • Chair rails: Typically added to a wall at the average height of the backside of a chair

 

Replicate Classic Styles

An increasingly popular trend with home design these days is recreating classic architectural styles. One way that custom wood trim moulding can be used to achieve this goal is with dentils. Because small blocks of wood are used, the desired design can be repeated. Dentil moulding is also appealing because it gives a regal, lofty impression that can result in a more upscale look that's still affordable.


Create Attractive Transitions with Wood Crown Moulding

A wall that just ends as it goes to the ceiling tends to look incomplete, no matter what type of paint is applied to it. A cost-effective way to draw the eye to the space where wall meets ceiling is with custom crown moulding crafted from whatever type of wood matches your decor and design. Crown moulding can also be a visual treat on archways. Wood crown mouldings can create an even smoother transition with any color of paint or stain you may prefer. You can also leave them alone and enjoy the natural look of wood.


Dress Up Windows and Doors

With wood trim moulding, your doors and windows can become just as decorative as they are functional. Moulding can serve as a welcome enhancement to all types of windows and doors, including larger bay windows, single or double-hung that remain inside the frame, and French doors that open onto your patio or deck. Even though doors and windows come with frames, wood moulding can easily be added to transform a simple frame into something more likely to catch the eye.


Create More 'Grip Room' On Rails

Wood mouldings can be more than just decorative. An excellent example is wood handrails that can be crafted to fit onto any type of rail. Let's say your home has a beautiful oak stairway. A great way to complement this classic wood’s natural features is with an oak handrail that has custom handrail moulding added to it. Functionally, mouldings like this can also provide more grip room to make it safer to navigate inside and outside steps.


Customize Your Cabinets

The ornamental carvings and wood carved architectural details that can be included in cabinet door mouldings can add both value and beauty to any cabinets. If you have existing cabinets that are lacking pizzazz, custom moulding can be a cost-effective way to give your cabinets a facelift without investing in entirely new ones.


Take Baseboards from Ordinary to Extraordinary

The basic purpose of a baseboard is to cover the joint between the wall surface and the floor. But this doesn't mean you have to settle for base moulding that doesn't do all that much to enhance the overall look of your home, office, or business. Custom base moulding with decorative features can add character to your walls, or serve as a perfect complement to your hardwood flooring. Your base trim can even be crafted to match your crown mouldings.

Finally, consider the way wood decorative mouldings could affect the value of your home, especially if you are considering selling your home in the future. It's often the subtle details that appeal to potential buyers. If you're a contractor, custom mouldings can be an effective way to create a better customer experience. When you're ready to explore the possibilities of custom wood turnings and mouldings, companies like Turntech can provide the quality you expect.