Crown-This is installed at the tops of walls where they meet the ceiling
Size-Widths range from 2” to 8”. Narrower designs are usually simple curved profiles. The wider styles are generally more intricately carved.
Crown mouldings that make a dramatic statement are popular, with the return to more classic decorating themes.
Base-This is installed at the bottom of walls where they meet the floor
Size-Widths range from 2” to 8”. Patterns are usually simple.
Use wider base moulding (at least 8”) as a dramatic room accessory.
Ornamental accent-These are decorative pieces that are used to add a little flourish (or flair) to furniture, walls, doors and windows. They’re also the quickest way to give moulding a hand-crafted appearance. To apply, simply use a hot glue gun or a hammer and small nails. The ornaments can also be used to embellish any flat surface. And for even more impact, the ornaments can be painted by:
Layering: Create an antique look by painting one color atop another, then sanding off the top layer.
White wash: Paint a base color; top with white wash (paint diluted with water).
Lacquering: Spray with a glossy paint for a sophisticated look.
Gilding: For an elegant Renaissance feel, brush on gold metallic paint.
Color staining: Dilute latex paint with water and sponge on.
Stippling: Paint the ornament a basic color; let dry. Tap on an accent color with the tip of a brush.
Size-Ornamental accent pieces can range from tiny, button-sized flowers to large, fancy medallions which can be used to border a chandelier.
The more, the better. Paint them a neutral color and use them to add decorative interest in any room.
Chair rail-They’re placed in the middle of walls to prevent chairs from marring the surface. They can also be purely decorative.
Size-Widths range from 2 and a ½” to 4”. Edges, profiles and patterns can vary dramatically.
Use chair rails to divide a wall, allowing you to use two different painted effects.
Picture-Used to create “boxes” or wall borders
Size-Widths range from ½’ to 2”. Narrow widths are standard and easier to work with.
Highlights wall art; can use braided or twisted moulding.
Local resource-Check out Home Depot on 7001 Southern Blvd. or www.homedepot.com and Sears at 7401 Market St.(in the Southern Park Mall) or www.sears.com.