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Moulding can be used to hide small imperfections as well as complement the style of any room. Moulding helps make a transition from different materials such as paint and wallpaper and can also be used to emphasize contrasts between the same materials.
Decide what style is best for the room. Collect sample pieces of different shapes (called profiles) and experiment with them. If single profiles don't fit your décor, build up or stack the different profiles together. You are only limited by your imagination. There are essentially three styles of moulding from which to choose: traditional moulding, decorative moulding and exterior moulding.
Unfinished solid wood moulding is the most common moulding used in homes. It can be made from pine or hardwood and milled in a multitude of profiles, to match almost any decorating style. Check out our moulding profiles page to see a few samples of the most common moulding profiles. Unfinished wood moulding comes in two grades:
MDF is a lightweight engineered wood product that cuts and works just like wood but with less movement due to changes in humidity and temperature. MDF moulding comes preprimed and ready to paint. Its workability and stability make MDF a good choice for any moulding application where a paint grade solution is desired.
Prefinished moulding is made from polystyrene and comes in several different wood grain patterns at a significantly lower cost than wood moulding. It comes ready to install, since the finish is applied at the factory, saving you the time and expense of finishing it yourself. Prefinished moulding is available with several wood grain finishes and a traditional white so it can be used in many settings. Its low cost and easy installation make prefinished moulding an economical alternative to traditional wood moulding.
Decorative hardwood moulding is suitable for staining, clear coating or painting to accentuate and highlight any home's decor. Hardwood moulding is highly decorative and comes in many different embossed patterns, sizes and profiles. The embossing creates the appearance of hand-carved moulding and the natural beauty of hardwood creates a sense of style and warmth. Matching corner blocks, plinth blocks and rosettes not only complement hardwood moulding, they eliminate coping and miter cuts to make installation simple and worry-free. You can even use matching, decorative appliqués in conjunction with this moulding to put a more personal touch on your trim.
Architectural moulding is a premium, polystyrene or polyurethane moulding with large profiles that mimic the look of built-up moulding. Architectural moulding will not warp, rot or split. It is a low maintenance material that saws, mills and works just like wood. It is lighter than hardwood for easier handling and due to its light weight, workability and stability, architectural moulding is usually easier to install than traditional wood moulding. There are matching inside and outside corner bocks available to make installing the crown moulding even easier. The moulding comes ready to finish, so no priming is required. It can be painted or stained to match any color scheme or style. You will also find matching ceiling medallions and even wall niches to add the final touch to your trim.
PVC moulding is an excellent choice for all of your exterior trim. It can be cut, sawn, drilled, screwed, nailed and painted just like wood. Unlike wood it won't warp or split. PVC moulding is also impervious to insect damage, rot and decay. Think of PVC moulding as a permanent solution to all of your exterior trim needs.