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Dress Up Interiors with Millwork

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It takes only one trip to the trim aisle and an easy technique to create affordable architectural detail.

Wall decorated with painted trim

Layer on the Charm

Moulding makes a room, whether it’s floor-to-ceiling elegance or the character-rich ease of this bungalow entry. This wall project is surprisingly simple and inexpensive. Find out how to get the look you want, one trim piece at a time.

How to Install Crown Moulding

Built-up crown moulding

Start at the Top

The difference between this moulding and what most homes have is heft and detail. Substantial crown trim defines a space -- this treatment uses three pieces, shown later. Clean lines and just enough detail create simple, notable style.

Door frame moulding

Define a Consistent Look

Create unity by using trim to echo the details of the casing treatments around windows and doors. Here, that means choosing simple, clean-lined trim.

Wall Panel Moulding Design and Install

Wall panel detail

Get a Classic Look for Less

Rather than covering a wall in pricey wood, design faux paneling for about $90 per 8-foot section. This look uses plain boards edged with bead moulding and matching paint on the lower wall and trim. The frames can be adapted to any room by adjusting the scale.

Baseboard trim

Break the Rules

Trim may be labeled for one place on the wall, but works just as well somewhere else. This room uses the same trim at the floor and ceiling.

Cross-section of moulding pieces

How We Did It

Instead of shopping for the perfect crown moulding, build it up. This treatment takes a substantial base moulding (#29948) and MDF board (#37461), then adds casing (#348382) and bead moulding (#31925) for detail. At the floor, the same base moulding is flipped and paired with quarter round. Total cost per linear foot: less than $4.


Panel-look moulding cross-section

Panel Secrets

This MDF grid creates the look of paneling with less wood. Line panel interiors with bead moulding (#31925) for more detail, and install casing (#348382) at the top over a board (#37461) to create a finished profile. The same technique was used to build up the door casing.

Wall moulding around a sconce

Easy Elegance

This more formal wall treatment creates a sophisticated framed surround. The delicate frames add subtle pattern to the walls and emphasize elements such as art and sconces. It costs less than a dollar per linear foot to create the frames.

Color dabs for the rooms shown

Add Color Accents

Change the look of moulding with your paint selection. A single color (Skyline Shadow, #ar1318) imparts subtlety. Draw attention to trim by painting walls and trim in contrasting shades, such as warm brown walls (Fish Market, #ar619) with cream moulding (Sunday Times, #ar915).