Moldings 101: Types and Applications

view of sky outside the windows and molding

If you are planning to redecorate or renovate your home, you would need to use molding elements as decor for your renovation project. Using molding elements — crown, casing, or wood baseboard moulding — in your renovation project will affect the overall look of your home.

Below are some of the common applications of moldings and the type of moldings to use.

General Purpose

These moldings range from screen bead, lattice to corner molding. These moldings add functionality to space, such as adding shelving and cabinets in a small space. This molding is easy to customize and also ideal for customized DIY projects.

Window and Door

Windows and doors do not only allow light into your home but also are design elements. Casing moldings serve to give these features distinct touches, making them focal features in a room.


The moldings are perfect for filling in any gaps that exist in between adjoining walls, floorboards and carpeted edged. Using wood baseboard molding for the floor and walls give a seamless transition between two surfaces.

Ceilings and Walls

Crown, chair rail, and paneling are molding types to use when you want to achieve a transition from the ceiling to the walls of your room. The panel molding creates wall frames, which you can further dress up using fabric or wallpaper. On the other hand, crown molding adds elegance to a room.

Layered Moulding

If you are going for a sophisticated look, you could achieve it by using two or more moldings in your room. The different combination of moldings will create an exceptional look and add a sense of uniqueness in your room.

Regardless of your desired project, it is important to understand that moldings come in different materials. The material also influences the cost and method of application. You need to get the right material and of the appropriate size to consider your installation project successful.