Real Estate Glossary, Volume 3: Molding Styles

REAL ESTATE GLOSSARY, VOL. 3

MOLDING STYLES

The differences between molding styles found in today’s homes abound, causing confusion and uncertainty. Homeowners are often unsure how to accurately describe the molding styles within their home; and home buyers can be just as unaware in terms of what molding styles the home they are interested in features. In general, molding is used as an accent piece and to create a flow between surfaces. Volume 3 of our Real Estate Glossary focuses on defining some of the more common molding styles.


Baseboard

molding styles

A narrow wooden board running along the base of an interior wall used to cover the area where the wall meets the floor.

 

Beadboard

molding styles

A type of paneling used on interior walls that is covered in a series of distinctive, vertical grooves.

 

Beamed Ceiling

molding styles

A ceiling becomes a beamed ceiling simply by exposing the overhead beams used in the construction of the room.

 

Chair Rail

molding styles

A wall molding that goes around the perimeter of the room at a level where it is intended to protect the wall from being damaged by the backs of chairs.

 

 

Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

A coffered ceiling is one that is comprised of coffers; sunken, decorative panels in the shape of a square, rectangle or octagon.

 

Crown Molding

Crown Molding

A decorative strip of wood used where the wall meets the ceiling to cover the area and make it more aesthetically appealing.

 

Dentil Crown

molding styles

A component of crown molding that is characterized by small tooth-shaped blocks used as repeating ornaments in the crown molding.

 

Medallions

molding styles

Ornamental ceiling pieces, usually cast in plaster and intricately designed, typically used to hang lighting fixtures from.

 

Wainscoting

molding styles

Wainscoting consists of wood panels that cover the lower part of the walls of a room.

 


If you have questions about any molding styles you encounter either during your home search or when looking to sell your home, Howard Hanna’s sales associates are very knowledgeable concerning the terminology used in this industry. Feel free to reach out and ask for their advice – we know they would be happy to help you!

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