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What is Moulding?

Moulding is an inexpensive way to add beauty and value to your home. Originating as an art form with woodwork, moulding now comes in a myriad of forms. It can be used to frame doors and windows, or as a transition along the top and bottom of walls. When choosing moulding for your home, it is important to understand the different types and uses of each one. But with so many types of moulding available, it can be difficult to differentiate between them all.

Crown Moulding

Crown moulding, also known as cornice moulding, is used to soften the transition from the wall to the ceiling. This type of moulding can be simple or intricate, and is typically wider in style when the room is larger.


Casing is used to cover the unfinished gap between walls and door or window frames. Casing comes in a variety of styles, but tends to span two to three inches.


Baseboard moulding runs along the floor at the bottom of a wall. They come in many different styles, and usually feature a semi-circular trim. When picked in conjunction with casing, baseboards can create a cohesive and harmonious aesthetic in your home.

Chair and Picture Rail Moulding

Chair rails are a decorative element that also prevent furniture from damaging the walls. It can also be used to delineate two different types of wall coverings or colors, such as paint and wallpaper. Picture rail moulding allows artwork to be hung without damaging the walls, and is found underneath crown moulding.

Board and Batten

Batten is a wall trim piece used to hide the joint between two pieces of paneling. When completed the panels create an attractive geometric aesthetic.

Moulding can be found in many different areas of your home. Trim mouldings, such as crown moulding, will be found throughout the house. More decorative moulding, such as picture rails, would only be used in specific spaces. Moulding can also be made from many different materials, although wood is the most popular. Other materials could be PVC, polyurethane, and primed fiberboard.

Ready to select custom mouldings for your home? Contact our team at 905.856.9100 or today!


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