Mouldings – How to dress up a Room
Mouldings are an important accent piece which can add a great deal of elegance and beauty to any room. Let’s explore a little more about these items and discuss how and where they can be used.
Mouldings are a type of trim piece which can be fitted to many areas of the room. They can be fabricated from a wide variety of materials including wood, metal or plastic. They can provide protection to the walls from impacts from furniture. But probably the most important benefit is the beauty they can bring to a room. Proper use of these materials can be very striking indeed.
In the case of wood mouldings, they are usually formed from laminated or solid pieces of wood. This wood can be from many kinds of trees including hardwoods, pine or others. The wood is usually prepared as a block and then run through a milling machine which cuts an interesting profile into the face of the extended block.
Other areas of the piece may be formed to a specific shape or size. That being said mouldings come in all kinds of sizes and types. A very common type of moulding is the base moulding. This is attached to the bottom of the wall and forms an effective interface between the floor and the wall.
The size and styles can vary greatly. A low cost and common type is made from pieces of pine which are fitted together to form longer pieces. They provide a low cost way of enhancing the room. However since they are spliced together there is usually a good amount of difference in color and texture. So the mouldings are normally designed to be painted and not stained and varnished.
But there are many other kinds which are produced from hardwoods. They can certainly be stained and varnished which brings out the natural beauty of the wood. They can be used as base mouldings but they also make great use of their beauty in other areas of the room.
For example they can be used as cove mouldings or ceiling mouldings. They can really dress up a room and bring a great deal of customization and interest to any area of the house.
As indicated earlier, the use of mouldings is also a great way to help protect the wall from scuffing and other damage. If an item bumps into the wooden moulding, it usually will not damage anything. So it can be used extensively around the room for this purpose.
Since there is such a wide variety of moulding types and materials available, it is a good idea to get out to a local retailer to see the many kinds available. You can typically see different colors and finished as well. Be sure to work with a qualified sales professional who can assist you as well.
If you have gotten an idea of what you are looking for, it is also a good idea to check out some online options. Many kinds of moulding can now be effectively shipped almost anywhere and prices are very competitive.
These online stores also have an extensive customer service department who can help you with many questions and guide you to the best products for your needs. They may also be able to recommend installers who are properly trained to work with these mouldings and install them properly to achieve optimum results.