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Written by Colleen Kalil

After the Paint, Add Molding for a High-end Finish

Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the look of your home, but you can take your home decorating up a notch by adding the right moldings. Crown moldings, or cornice moldings, may be the most universally known, but there are other choices that will add character and charm to your home. 

From top to bottom, there are many options for adding molding. At the ceiling level, crown molding gives a room a finished look. This type of molding can be simple or very ornate, depending on the style of your room and the look you want to achieve. Crown moldings work best in the living room, dining room, or bedroom.

Picture or plate rails typically run around a room at the height of the door and serve as the perfect place to attach pictures without damaging walls. Sometimes plates were displayed atop this molding and although it isn’t common in homes today, it does have its place, particularly in more traditional style homes.

A chair rail is next as you travel down the wall and is meant to do just what it sounds like: keep chairs from banging against the wall and damaging the finish. They make a stylish addition to a room and can mark a border between two different paint colors, or can top wainscoting. Wainscoting is a type of paneling and comes in a variety of styles. Again, this can be applied below a chair rail. It can also be painted or left as a wood finish.

Finally, baseboards are long strips of wood that sit on the floor and serve as a transition between wall and floor. They’re purely decorative and add a finished look to a room.

University Painters provide molding and other carpentry services to create a complete look from top to bottom that will create any style room you desire. Visit our website to request an appointment or call us at 800-390-4848.

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