What Is Wood Moulding: Everything You Never Knew About Wood Moulding Profiles

At Johnson Lumber, we consider wood moulding profiles a real all-star of home design. While it may not seem as dramatic as redoing the floors or repainting the walls, wood moulding adds a finishing flourish that can’t be overestimated.

For our money, it’s just like Lebowski said about the way a rug ties the room together: wood moulding just has a special way of highlighting a room’s design and materials.

While we could go on and on, we want to make sure we answer your main questions about wood moulding. 

Read on to learn about what wood moulding is, important wood moulding qualities, and how different wood moulding styles come into play with home design. 

What Is Wood Moulding (And Why Isn’t It Wood Molding?)

We’ll start off with the spelling question: is it wood moulding or wood molding?

Though the term wood molding is used in a few parts of the US (and “molding” is technically how you’d spell it), the official industry association, the Moulding & Millwork Producers Association, goes with “moulding” as its spelling (it’s even in the name, so we’re sticking with that, too). 

Now, just what is wood moulding?

In short, moulding is a decorative plane or curved strip used for ornamention or finishing. This is the way woodworkers add aesthetically attractive elements to their projects. 

In addition to helping our homes look good, it can also help to boost their values, too! 

Five Things To Know About Wood Moulding

While wood moulding may take a specialized hand to develop, understanding wood moulding is fairly straightforward. 

When talking to homeowners about potential projects, we think of wood moulding in these five ways:

  1. Types of Profiles – Wood moulding profiles come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs. The most common types of profiles include crown moulding, baseboard, casing, chair rail, and window and door trim.
  2. Material – Wood moulding is typically made from softwoods such as pine and poplar, or hardwoods such as oak, maple, and cherry. Hardwoods are generally more durable and resistant to wear and tear, but they can be more expensive.
  3. Installation – The proper installation of wood moulding is crucial to its appearance and durability. Factors to consider include the type of wood, the size of the moulding, and the complexity of the profile. The right tools and techniques help to ensure a smooth, clean, and professional finish.
  4. Maintenance – To keep wood moulding look as nice as it does after its installation, you’ll have to think about cleaning and maintenance. Dust and dirt can accumulate in the grooves and crevices of the profile, and should be removed regularly to prevent discoloration and damage.
  5. Design – Wood moulding can be used to enhance the architectural style and character of a space. Different profiles can be combined to create a custom look, and different finishes, such as paint or stain, can be used to complement the overall design aesthetic.

Available Johnson Lumber Wood Moulding Profiles

We have a selection of wood moulding profiles available at both our Millersville and our Edgewater locations. In addition to these specifics, homeowners often find it helpful to know a bit more about just where wood moulding can be used. 

Choosing the right moulding profile and design can help to transform a room and make it feel more cohesive and polished. So, just where can wood moulding be applied?

Take a look below for some inspiration, and feel free to get in touch with us for information on any specific wood moulding project you’re working on.

  • Window & Door Moulding – These serve both a functional and aesthetic purpose, as they help to cover gaps and seal the edges of windows and doors while also adding a decorative touch. Style options range from simple to complex, with different profiles and designs to choose from, and include traditional, colonial, and farmhouse.
  • Ceiling Moulding – Ceiling moulding, sometimes called crown moulding, serves more to add interest and character to a room, though it can in some cases serve a functional purpose. For example, crown moulding can be used to hide the transition between walls and ceiling. Design styles that feature ceiling moulding include traditional, classical, and ornate design styles.
  • Floor Moulding – This is intended to transition between different flooring materials, to cover gaps, or to add a decorative touch. Floor moulding is used in more traditional and classical design styles, though it’s starting to be used in modern and contemporary looks, too.
  • Panel Moulding – We use this moulding to create decorative panels on walls, doors, or furniture. It can add depth and interest to a space, and can be used in a variety of design styles, including traditional, ornate, and contemporary.
  • Wall Moulding – This helps to add interest, define spaces, and create a more cohesive look. These details are sometimes referred to as chair rails, wainscoting, or picture rails. It is often used in traditional, classical, and farmhouse design styles.

Break The Mold On Wood Moulding With Johnson Lumber

If you’ll excuse our pun, know that it comes from our passion for providing homeowners with quality wood moulding that lines up perfectly with their design needs.

For any wood moulding questions or consultations on upcoming home renovation projects, please get in touch with the expert team at Johnson Lumber.

Related Posts