Moulding can be used to hide small imperfections and complement the style of any room. Learn how to shop for the types of moulding that best suit your style and decor needs.
Before you begin a moulding project, assess the area. 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, you can build up the moulding. This means you stack different profiles together to create a bigger or more artistic look.
There are three styles of moulding from which to choose: traditional, decorative and exterior. With these types, your decorating options are virtually endless.
When shopping the moulding aisle, browse by application - such as ceiling, wall, floor, general purpose or door and window moulding. Within each application, you'll find profiles grouped together so you can explore all of your options easily. If you can't find what you're looking for, remember that you can mix and match different mouldings. If you're not sure how to get started, don't be afraid to ask a Lowe's associate for help.
Unfinished Solid Wood Moulding is a common moulding used in homes. It can be made from pine or hardwood and milled to match almost any decorating style. Unfinished wood moulding comes in two grades:
Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) Moulding is a lightweight engineered wood product that cuts and works just like wood but is less susceptible to 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. Since the finish is applied at the factory, it comes ready to install, 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.
Many flooring manufacturers offer pre-stained floor moulding to match their flooring finishes exactly.
Decorative Hardwood 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 complement hardwood moulding and eliminate coping and miter cuts for easier installation. Use matching, decorative appliqués in conjunction with this moulding to personalize 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 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 and can be painted or stained to match any color scheme or style. Matching ceiling medallions and wall niches are available to add the final touch to your trim.
PVC moulding is an excellent choice for exterior trim. It can be cut, drilled, screwed, nailed and painted just like wood. Unlike wood, however, it won't warp or split. PVC moulding is impervious to insect damage, rot and decay. PVC moulding is a viable solution to all of your exterior trim needs.