Types of interior mouldings
We’ve compiled a guide to help you understand the most popular styles of mouldings and how you can incorporate them into your home.
Now that you understand which moulding goes where, you should know about the different materials they are made of. Moulding materials cater to every budget and style. Plastic and wood composite materials have been created to offer easier installation for uneven walls while bringing the price and maintenance down from traditional wooden mouldings. Use this guide to learn which materials are better suited for your project.
The real deal - edging is crisp and profiles abound. Stained wood often brings warmth to the room.
One of the most difficult installations. Solid wood swells and shrinks with the weather. Grain patterns can vary from board to board.
Wood mouldings can accommodate many installations. Because wood swells and shrinks with moisture and weather, however, it is safest to use moisture-resistant moulding for rooms with higher humidity (such as a bathroom or kitchen).
Cheaper and more stable than solid wood and available in a wide range of profiles. Easier to attach to imperfect walls because of its slight flexibility. Does not contain knots and some versions are moisture resistant. Often available with stainable wood veneers.
Actually comprised of sawdust and resins so it must be painted if it doesn’t have a veneer. Known to split on the ends. This ultra-light material can be easily dented and nicked.
A cheaper alternative to real wood that can achieve the same effect when chosen with a veneer. Suitable for any room, but opt for the moisture-resistant MDF when installing in a humid or moist space.
Very similar to the look and installation of pine and is available in an array of ornate profiles. Cheaper and often stronger than real wood.
Because it is an imitation material, polyurethane should only be used when painted. Its soft nature is easy to dent.
If you plan to paint your mouldings anyway, polyurethane is a great cost-effective choice that can be used in any room.
This plastic-y material is very moisture resistant and will not rot or warp.
Profile options are limited to very simple designs, and the difficult-to-paint surfaces reveal their plastic construction if left unpainted.
Perfect for rooms with higher humidity such as bathrooms, basements and exteriors.
This feather-light foam can be cut with scissors and adhered with construction adhesive.
Quality (or lack thereof) can be easily seen when viewed from close. Edging is dull and texture is dimpled.
A quick and easy application (no power tools required!) when "good enough" will have to do.
A one-of-a-kind look to set your room apart. Won't shrink, swell or warp and can be cast into ornate profiles.
Made to order, difficult to install, costly in price and easy to crack.
An exquisite and grandiose application. Often used on plaster walls.
Flexible material to be used in curved applications. Available in a wide range of profiles.
Usually has to be specially ordered and often more expensive than the same profile in a rigid material.
No need for relief cuts when you use this flexible material for curved applications.