Typically when decorating a new room, paint color, floor coverings and furnishings often take priority over other decor accents like millwork. Millwork and mouldings are the added wooden details around a room, like the detail on a cabinet door, fireplace surrounds, and chair rails. While there is no denying that items like paint and flooring are key elements in any room design, decorative crown moulding is an affordable way to add style and sophistication to any living space. So today in our "Design Details" series let us share with you some great areas in your home where you can "beef" up your moulding game- and give your home that custom look.

The Ceiling

The most common ceiling moulding is cornice crown moulding, which comes in a wide variety of sizes and styles to compliment the design of any home from modern to traditional. It's also the most requested detail new home buyers want in their homes. But don't just think that crown moulding is the only way to jazz up your ceilings. We love the look of a coffered ceiling, a ceiling treatment that divides a ceiling into a grid of recessed panels accented by dropped beams, usually in the form of multiple squares or rectangles, depending on the dimensions of the room. 

Along the Floor

Every home uses some form of base or baseboard to conceal any gaps where the wall and floor come together and to provide protection to the wall finish. Traditionally it was composed of three separate parts: a shoe, the baseboard and the cap, but today most bases come in a single piece to provide a cleaner and more appealing look. The wider and more detailed your baseboard the more custom your home will feel. We love this trick shown above, where the homeowner added a cap molding about 2 inches above her baseboards and painted the wall in between white to give the look of wider baseboard mouldings. 

The Walls

The next piece of trim after the baseboard is a chair rail and panelling, which is a great accent to any room particularly hallways and entryways where there is more traffic. Chair rails and board and batton trim can sit anywhere between 36 and 48 inches from the floor. We've seen a surge in decorative paneling in mudrooms and entryways as built ins have become more popular. 

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Windows and Doors

Top off interior windows with a pediment above a window surround. They can be as simple or detailed as you wish. You'll appreciate the character they bring to your windows. It’s also a great way to cover unwanted gaps that may have occurred during installation. Decorative moulding is typically installed around door frames to cover the gaps that exist between the frames and the walls. Adding moulding or a pediment to match the tops of windows keeps a consistent look all around your house. 

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