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Installing crown and other types of moulding is an easy upgrade that can give a classy, traditional look to your home and add to its value. A good miter saw, which can make crosscuts at various angles, and some patience make this a feasible do-it-yourself project.

Not up on your moulding lingo? Let’s start with the basics: Moulding is a strip or block of wood that has been machined at a mill into any of a variety of designs, dimensions, and styles. It is used as decorative trim.

Framing a doorway

Front doors are a natural place for mouldings. The decorative additions allow you to create a sense of grandeur for people entering the house. You can use mouldings around both the outside and inside of the door.

An architrave, or header, is the horizontal molding on the top of a door.

Two common styles of headers are Craftsman and fluted (grooved). A keystone, or an angled block, placed in the center of the heading would give your door an even more ornate feel. The sides of the door can also be trimmed with fluted or plain casings.

Interior doors can be dressed up with mouldings, too. A narrow moulding placed in rectangles gives a plain door a higher-class look. Wider mouldings along the door frame can add style to almost any room.

Injecting flair to upper walls or cabinets

Crown moulding can add flair to kitchen cabinets. It softens the transition from vertical wall to horizontal ceiling. Two or more shapes of mouldings or profiles can be combined to create an individual, distinctive look.

Cornice moldings project horizontally from a wall — ”cornice” comes from the Italian “cornice,” meaning “ledge.”

 

Adding distinction to lower walls

In the dining and living rooms, panel moulding and wainscoting are common wall treatments. Panel mouldings come in a variety of shapes and dimensions. Wainscoting is paneling that has evenly spaced vertical grooves. Both are applied to the lower portion of interior walls. Chair rail is moulding applied along the wall at the height a chair back would reach in a formal dining room, to protect the walls from being scraped.

Mouldings can be used to add detail to baseboards and around window and door casings. A plinth block is used where the baseboard meets a door casing. Mouldings are also helpful in older houses to cover gaps where the floor and wall do not meet or where a window jamb and the wall are not aligned.

Mouldings are a wonderful way to upgrade your home. Even if you need to hire a contractor for the installation, mouldings are still a relatively cost-effective way to infuse your home with style.

 

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