Few elements signal style as surely as carefully selected trim. Show off a home's style with gorgeously layered crown molding, beautiful panels, and classic columns.
Dramatic or subtle? Suitable for a cottage or substantial enough for an old-world mansion? Once you decide on the look you want, the right trim helps bring it to life. In this traditional take on trim, hefty dark-stained pilasters create the illusion of outdoor columns.
Choose period trim shapes for echoes of the past, even in a newer home. Some classic traits of 18th-century Georgian design include dentil crown moldings, gilded cornices, and the broken pediment above the fireplace.
Consider bringing old materials into a home to create a distinct look. To reproduce the feel of a French chateau, antiques were the perfect solution. Bringing to mind an ancient castle door, vintage carved moldings frame the stone-floor entry to the master bedroom.
Trim doesn't need to be ornate to be distinctive. Simple column detailing around this entry between the living and dining rooms keeps the space open and airy, the better to show off the homeowners' refined style.
In this strikingly simple room, a plain mantle adorned with thin brass sconces and a single column in an antiqued finish are all that is needed to make a statement. Bringing outdoor elements, such as the column, indoors is characteristic of country French design.
Some trim is immediately indicative of a specific style. Charming crown molding enhances the cottage style in this foyer. The trim melds two patterns--a swag above a series of small medallions and darts.
One-of-a-kind architectural fragments are a distinctive way to add detail to a home. Here, a florid swag, in gold leaf, transforms a doorway.
Frequently stained or painted white, molding can attain a dramatic new look with a more sophisticated two-color palette. In this English-inspired room, painted detailing on the crown molding highlights individual dentils.
Columns aren't always structural elements. In this home, a salvaged Corinthian column highlights the homeowner's style -- an eclectic blending of new and old inspired by French style.
The balustrade offers immense opportunity for making a style statement. Here, a homeowner takes full advantage with turned spindles in white, contrasting the wood handrail and newel. Ornate tread brackets emphasize the dramatic sweep of the staircase in the entry.
Historically correct moldings are key to the architectural success of this home. Several different profiles combine to make the elaborate crown molding in the public areas. The ornamental dentils provide transition from the ceiling moldings to the wall moldings, a hallmark of classic style.