You may be familiar with crown moulding, if you happen to look up. These decorative pieces are usually applied around a room where the ceiling and walls meet. Originally, crown moulding was used to cover the seam or any gaps in the ceiling-wall connection.

These days, crown moulding is more about design than function — and there’s more to moulding than just the crowning variety.

Today’s mouldings include baseboard mouldings, wall panels and even full ceiling accents, all of which can truly transform a room. This makes mouldings a great choice when you want a new look — without breaking the bank.

Here are seven ways moulding, of any type, can transform the look of any room in your home.

1. Baseboards set the look

Your baseboards are really the foundation of the look of a room. Baseboard mouldings create a transition between the walls and the floor. They can support both window and door casings. Plus, they are a great way to frame walls — especially when combined with ceiling mouldings.

Your choice of style — whether it’s classic, modern or vintage, ornate or sleek and streamlined — can create the mood of your room and define the look of your home.

2. Create depth with ceiling mouldings

More than just an edge along the perimeter of your ceiling, these mouldings can become a part of the entire surface of a room’s ceiling by adding color, texture, and depth.

You can create patterns that reflect how you want your room to feel — from elegant to shabby chic. Coordinate colors in the ceiling moulding with wall panels and baseboards to tie the design together.

3. Go beyond wallpaper or paint

A panel moulding can cover entire sections: think an entire wall showcasing a texture, or a complementing or contrasting color.

Embellished panels can augment recessed or flat surfaces and can come in any color that will further create your desired effect. Dark wood is great in a den, for example, or try something ornate and bright for a guest bedroom.

4. Framing the space

While you might think that installing moulding on all joint spaces in a room will create a “closed in” feeling, adding framing actually makes spaces feel lighter. By framing a space, you’re adding depth, which serves to draw the eye to both the room’s height and width.

5. Make an (under)statement

Ornate architectural moulding can create a dramatic effect, but there are times when you may want an understated look.

If your style is more modern, use thin trim around doorways, window frames and a quarter of the way from the floor. And then, paint the walls in a subdued and complementing color with the trim, just slightly darker.

6. Show off prized decor

If you’re especially proud of your fireplace or bay window seating area, draw attention to these architectural details with an exciting moulding accent.

If there’s no door between your living room and dining space, a carefully placed moulding design around an open entryway can make one’s transition from cocktail hour to “dinner is served” even more special.

7. Tie all of the elements together

Crown mouldings and baseboards are only the beginning. You can choose from many other design elements, including architraves, a special trim used as a doorway accent that can add grandeur to a space; and wainscot, which is the decorative paneling below a chair rail.

Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new build or looking to revamp an existing room in your home, consider all of the possible moulding elements to create a custom look that will impress. The experts at Fairview Millwork & Kitchens can help you plan the perfect room design from their vast selection of all types and styles of moulding elements.

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