4: Chair Rail: Make an impact by separating beautiful
hand-blocked wall covering from an accent paint color below the
dado rail. Photo courtesy of Classic Natchez: History, Homes and
1: Door Surrounds: By enhancing the opening of the doorway, the
entrance becomes more important. Photo courtesy of Classic Natchez:
History, Homes and Gardens.
2: Crown Molding: By using several pieces of molding, the
ceiling appears higher. Painting the crown and interesting color
adds to the effect. Photo courtesy of Classic Natchez: History,
Homes and Gardens.
3: Picture Molding: A classic example of picture molding with
restrained accessories. Photo courtesy of House & Garden’s Best
5: Base Molding: Additional drama can be added to base molding
by faux finishing it to resemble marble. Photo courtesy of House
& Garden’s Best in Decoration.
Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:00 am
Updated: 10:49 pm, Tue Aug 9, 2011.
If there is one element that is lacking in most homes today, it
is the detail of molding. Whether it is door-surround, crown,
picture, chair or base molding, today’s choices come in wood or MDF
(medium density fiberboard)—a great option if you are incorporating
curves or intricate sculptural details.
It is always important to remember scale and proportion. You
certainly don’t want your room to look like an overdone wedding
cake! Keep in mind that you want some continuity with the styles of
your moldings, as well. Either keep it classic or contemporary, but
don’t mix. You can mix the two styles with artwork and furnishings,
but it doesn’t work with molding.
Take your home from simple to interesting by adding some
detail, which after all, is what separates your home from someone
else’s: attention to detail. LN
Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:00 am.
Updated: 10:49 pm.