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Create a contemporary vibe using traditional mouldings.

Decorative timber mouldings add depth, style and interest to a room and can have a profound effect on its ambience and mood. They can be simple and streamlined for a minimalist effect, classic in design to complement period features, or elaborate and decorative.

In addition, decorative timber mouldings can be designed to blend into the background or become the focal point of the room. Plus, they are a great way to add interest with minimal furnishings and accessories.

Different effects can also be created with timber mouldings – influencing the overall look and feel of a room. Arranging tall, narrow spaces will make the ceiling height feel higher, and producing shorter, wider spaces will make the room feel wider.

Experiment with different designs and profiles to reflect your unique style.

To get started:

  1. Create a moodboard on the look you would like to achieve.
  2. Measure the width and height of the feature wall.
  3. Select your mouldings – they can be decorative or plain in design (we used decorative Panel Moulds in this room).
  4. Pre-cut your mouldings to size.
  5. Prep the wall mouldings – we painted the walls and mouldings in Dulux Mystique.
  6. Install the mouldings.

Styling Tip

Style the beautiful contemporary vibe design with gold and dark or black pieces.

Handy Tip

When finishing timber mouldings, fill any holes or joins with a suitable coloured wood filler and allow to dry. To achieve a matt or semi-gloss finish, we suggest sanding the surface using a medium grit garnet paper (100 – 120 grit). Always sand with the grain. Never sand against, diagonally or across the grain. To achieve the smoothest surface, sand again with a fine grade sandpaper. Wipe away dust with a rag.

An alternative method to achieve the smoothest appearance – especially for gloss paints, is to apply a coat of water to the wood with a damp rag before sanding, then apply the desired finish, such as a stain-blocking acrylic primer and allow to dry overnight.

Did you know?

If your room is longer than a standard length of timber moulding, you will need to join two pieces of moulding together – typically with a butt joint or splice joint. A butt joint requires butting the two pieces of timber together and nailing each piece into position. A splice joint requires a 45° mitre on the end of each piece of timber to ‘splice’ the timber together, creating a flush join.


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Products used:

  • 40 x 18mm Panel Mould in Clear Pine (PM4018PICL)
    You could also use Dressed All Round (DAR) for this project.

To create a contemporary vibe design, view the project sheet below.