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All About Molding and Decorative Woodwork (page 2 of 3)

Learn about the different types of wood moldings and baseboard.

Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Decorative Molding

Molding may be decorative, for example, to break up a wall surface, or practical, for example, to protect a wall from chairs. As an alternative to wood, MDF rails and plastic cornices are available.These moldings provide the finer decorative detailing in a room, such as around a bookcase. Moldings such as quarter-round and scotia are commonly used to fill the expansion gap around the perimeter of wooden flooring. A greater range of profiles is available than for larger moldings such as baseboard and casing. It is also more common to find smaller moldings in a range of soft- and hardwoods. Profiles range from the simple to the highly ornamental. The selection shown to the right features the most commonly available moldings, but some manufacturers produce much wider ranges that can accommodate most decorative preferences.

Molding may be decorative, for example, to break up a wall surface, or practical, for example, to protect a wall from chairs. As an alternative to wood, MDF rails and plastic cornices are available.

half-round (Image 1); quarter-round (Image 2); dowel (Image 3); scotia (Image 4)

staff bead (Image 1); triangular (Image 2); hockey stick (Image 3); reeded (Image 4); embossed (Image 5)

carved (Image 1); ornamental (Image 2); glazing (Image 3); angle (Image 4); double D (Image 5); flat D (Image 6)

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