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When Did Decorative Moulding Become Popular?

Although moulding is often found in historic homes, designers and savvy homeowners have discovered that using any type of molding as a decorative addition can enhance the look and feel of every room. Not to mention, with modern molding materials and a vast variety of available styles, you can achieve classical elegance on any budget! So when did moulding go from a necessary architectural function to the final touch on a room?

History of Moulding

Moulding dates back to the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was initially developed as a way to disguise imperfections where ceilings and walls joined each other within a room. With that being said, even from the very start, moulding was meant to be decorative. Just consider the ornate details on columns carved by Egyptians or the Greeks carved borders.

Flash forward to now, where current building standards have done away with the “hiding imperfections” problem. Instead, today’s styles of moldings are used only as decorative devices, adding interesting details to the entirety of a room. In fact, many rooms somehow seem incomplete when they lack this essential finishing touch.

How To Use Moulding

While most homeowners use moulding at the top of a wall where it meets the ceiling, the use of this moulding in other ways can add interest and flair to a room’s decor. For example, when applied to a door, moulding can draw the eye to the door area and transform it into an elegant object.

Whether you choose to use this decorative molding to mark the transition from wall to ceiling or apply it in some other creative fashion, expect your room’s style and beauty to be artfully enhanced. If you need guidance finding the best style for your home, contact us today at 905.856.9100 or . We'll help you bring the beauty of historic designs to your home.


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