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Molding & Decorating
Adding molding to any room in the house can have dramatic affects. You can use molding in a number of ways, all which will change the appearance of a room. For instance, you can use them to create chair railing, wainscoting, ceiling panels, and wall panels. If you prefer, you can even use a combination of any of the styles to create something unique.
A decorative molding can be combined with a beautiful door casing and wood baseboard. Perhaps you want to add molding underneath crown molding to make the crown-molding look larger and more sophisticated than it is. Another option is to use molding as a way of defining ceiling panes or to create chair railing. The options listed below are just a few that you can choose:
Decorative Panel Molding for Corners – Panel corners can be found in a number of different decorative styles. The corner molding pieces add sophistication and interest. Additionally, they eliminate the need to miter cut the molding. You will find that most corner, molding pieces are sold as sets and are affordable. For instance, you could choose from square lilies or an egg and dart design.
Crown Molding – This type of molding goes up against the ceiling and creates a beautiful decorative touch. They create a look of elegance and soften the area where the ceiling and wall meet. You can change any room from plain to chic and elegant. Typically, crown molding is sold in eight-foot lengths, is primed with polyurethane, and is designed from material that has a density similar to that of white pine. You will find a number of styles such as Duchess leaf, grapevine, egg and dart, rose vine, cove, and acanthus leaf, just to name a few.
Designer Miter Blocks – These blocks can be used a 90-degree corners and eliminate the need to cut miters or to match the molding pattern at the joints. Not only do miter blocks look wonderful, they save tremendous time.
Door Trim – This type of trim will literally transform any doorway or entryway into a beautiful masterpiece.
Elegant Niche – This type of niche looks as though it has been built into the wall. However, it is actually hung just as you would a regular picture and can be used to display statues, artwork, or floral arrangements.
When you begin your search for molding, you will discover that wood comes in a number of materials. You will find oak, maple, poplar, and pine for wood moldings. The softwoods are typically less expensive but also only come in simple patterns whereas you pay more for the hardwood but will have a much more dramatic effect.