Whether you’re tackling a moulding project on your own, or having the work done by a professional, it helps to know what all of the different types of profiles are. And if you aren’t used to the terminology, moulding speak may as well be a foreign language. But rest assured, it’s an easy lesson. Here’s an alphabetical guide to get you proficient.
Also referred to as floor moulding, baseboards cover the joint between the wall and the floor, providing a soft, stylish transition.
You may have heard it called board and batten, but it’s a trim piece used most often to hide the joint between two pieces of paneling or other wall covering.
In exterior application—or interior if you have exposed brick walls—brick moulding fills the space where a door or window and brick walls meet.
In the literal term, it’s a cap for other moulding profiles like wainscoting or baseboards and creates a stylish, finished look.
Think of casing as a baseboard for windows and doors. Casing goes around the perimeters of windows and doors and hides door jamb seams for a finished look.
Originally added as a way to protect walls from chairs pushed against them, chair moulding, also called chair rails, add sophistication and proportion to any room in your house—chairs or not.
Outside corners, inside corners, no matter the corner, corner moulding is most often used with baseboards, and interior window and door edges. It can also be used with crown moulding where the wall and ceiling meet as well.
Cove and Scotia
Cove and scotia mouldings have concave profiles and are most often used where walls and ceilings meet or to hide other joints.
If your project calls for a detailed finished top edge, crown moulding is an ideal choice for capping walls, cabinets, doors and windows, and columns or supports.
Inteplast Building Products manufactures a line of multi-use moulding products like batten, planks, panels, beadboard, and lattice that can be used to create old-world charm, soften and protect exposed wall corners, or create interest on your walls or furniture.
Quarter Round and Shoe
Quarter round and shoe moulding cover the gap where the baseboard meets your flooring. It creates an aesthetic solution for uneven baseboard edges.
I hope you find this vocabulary list helpful. Inteplast Building Products decorative moulding comes pre-finished and ready to install, with no special tools required. It has the same workability of wood, but greater uniformity, and it won’t rot, mildew, or mold. You can purchase Inteplast’s moulding at your local Lowe’s. You can also buy it online at Houzz.com. This handy moulding comparison checklist can also help you determine the right profile for a particular project. Until next time, thanks for reading.