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Exploring the Wide Range of Moulding Options for Your Home

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Let’s just get one thing out of the way…is it moulding or molding? Depends on where you live, really. The U just indicates the British spelling of the word, where no U is the US take. If you want to dig deeper, adding the U can actually indicate a reference to the very history of this custom woodwork found in homes worldwide. For the sake of continuity, we’ll use the U at least for this post.

The art of moulding dates back to ancient civilizations

Modern crown moulding inside and outside corner.

like ancient Greece and Rome. Merriam-Webster defines it as either a decorative recessed/relieved surface or decorative plane or curved strip used for ornamentation or finishing. In countries like Canada, England and other parts of Europe, moulding became a popular way to help woodworkers build aesthetically pleasing features into their homes, a practice that has carried over to construction and remodeling pros here in the US. This is why moulding often helps to increase value and desirability in homes nowadays.

Crown moulding is one aspect of home construction and decor that may seem optional, and in a way, it is. However, crown moulding adds such an aesthetically pleasing look to your home, it can be viewed as an absolute necessity. Moulding is the finishing touch on your gorgeous new home or remodel. When you see your domicile with the moulding job complete, it would be hard to picture your home without it. However, there are so many different sizes and profiles of crown moulding that it can be hard to know which is best for you or your space.

SIZE MATTERS...WITH CROWN MOULDING When it comes to crown moulding, size does matter. The height of your room is going to be the number one determining factor in what size crown you should choose. If you pick something too small, the room will overpower it. If it’s too big, it will seem out of proportion and weird. You first need to know your ceiling height. As the typical ceiling height is about 8 feet, a moulding of 3″ – 5.25″ is recommended, says Builders Surplus. With 9-10 ft ceilings, your crown moulding range should be between 5.25″ – 7″. With ceilings above 10 feet, it is recommended that you build up your moulding by using multiple pieces or types of trim. This stacked look will give you a dramatic appearance, which is appropriate for such a spacious room. Now that we’ve shared some great information, ultimately its your choice to achieve your desired look. Remember, these are recommended sizes, but you can always experiment. Don’t forget that moulding can also upgrade your baseboards.

STYLE MUST BE CONSIDERED No, some things are not easy in life, like deciding upon your style of moulding. This is just because there are so many to choose from! has a few ideas as you go about narrowing down your choices:

  • Crown moulding – The most common of moulding styles, crown is wide, sprung moulding. This style, considered to be an upgraded version of design and function, is used at the junction of an interior wall and ceiling. It is also the general term for any moulding at the top or “crowning” an architectural element.

  • Astragal – This semi-circular type of moulding is attached to a single or pair of doors to help cover the gap where they meet. It is a common type and style of moulding found in many modern homes.

  • Convex moulding – Carved in imitation of a twisted rope or cord, convex moulding was most commonly used for decorative mouldings in old England, France and Spain. Convex moulding was found to be commonly adapted for 18th-century silver and furniture design thanks to renowned furniture designer Thomas Sheraton, according to the Lewis, Philippa & Gillian Darley (1986) Dictionary of Ornament.

  • Casing – The finished trim found around the sides of a door or window opening covering, helps to bridge the gap between the finished wall and the frame to which it is attached. This is another common moulding design element found in many homes today.

  • Keel molding – This is another example of early English styles of decorative moulding, featuring a sharp-edged moulding design resembling a cross-section of a ship’s keel.

J. Sweet Construction is well-versed in creating sensational looks with the different mouldings available for your Florida custom home or remodel. Contact us at 239-325-5150 to discuss the options. We’ll put over 25 years of experience to work for you, with honesty and integrity.


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