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Interior Trim Elements- Picture Moulding & Column Wraps

March 6, 2017

Adding affordable sophistication with picture moulding and column wraps.

Picture frame moulding and column wraps are two of the hardest-working forms of interior trim. Ornate or simple in design, they add a distinctively polished and sophisticated look to any room—whether accenting picture railing and crown moulding to give walls greater purpose or dressing up utilitarian poles to complete a finished basement.

Put your wall space on display with picture frame moulding.

Here are a few ways to use picture frame moulding to bring your walls to elegant life:

  • Use as evenly spaced panel molding to accent and add cohesiveness to walls.

  • Showcase mirrors, paintings or photography.

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  • Add gravity and presence to shorter corner walls.

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  • Use picture frame moulding in richer, darker colors to modernize neutral-colored wall space. Or use to add structure and dimension to expanses of bolder-colored walls.

  • Create framing for wall sconces.

Dress up basement support poles with column wraps.

For a more finished look, extend the interior design aesthetic you established in the rest of your home down to your basement. Just use column wraps to transform otherwise forgettable structural poles into compelling design elements. You can use them to accent existing trim and moulding. Try wainscoting or column wraps as a starting point.

Types of column wraps:

  • Plain
  • Fluted
  • Paneled

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Add formality with thicker profiles. Accent open space with thinner rounded ones. Add a rustic vibe with faux brick or stone. Column wraps can help transform your basement into anything you want it to be, from an exercise room to a home theater to a family gameroom.

Introduce function to your column wrap with a wraparound shelf for drinks or books. If you’re using a wider, squared-off column wrap, hang a body length mirror to create the perception of greater space; rubber padding for morning pilates sessions; or faux tree trunks for impromptu games of hide and seek.

Explore LiveAbode for other aspects of interior trim design, like coordinating your crown moulding and casings.