House Mouldings Use In Victorian, Georgian and Modern Times

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House mouldings in the modern home create an aesthetic, decorative statement.  They have also served a practical purpose such as connecting different spaces within a building, such as wall surfaces to floors, window openings and doorways.  Earlier mouldings were made of plaster, so crown and cornice mouldings were used to cover up inevitable cracking from the plasterwork between ceiling and wall, whilst adding a decorative finish.  Chair rails and base mouldings protected walls from sliding chairs and other damage.  Mouldings also became a status symbol, adding value to homes.  They have also been used to denote the use of a room, such as decorative mouldings embellished with fruit motifs in the dining room.  Today mouldings made by the Finishing Touch are lightweight and easy to install and are incorporated into the design of homes to create a particular period style or simply to add a decorative finish to a build.

The Victorian style mouldings were richly detailed and elaborate. This architectural style points to the reign of Queen Victoria 1839 to 1900 and is commonly divided into Early Victorian (1840 to 1865) Mid-Victorian (1865 to 1880) and Late Victorian (1880 to 1900). Grand residences built during the Victorian period exuded affluence and were designed to express the social standing of the owner through both the size and detailed finishing of the home and reflected the progress and prosperity of England and her colonies. Mouldings of the Victorian era tended to be ornate with sumptuous detail. Door blocks were a common feature in Victorian architecture with many of the larger homes incorporating highly decorative two and three piece skirtings.

From 1826 to the 1860 the architectural style in vogue was Georgian, overlapping into the Victorian era. This style is named after England’s four King Georges and draws heavily on classical influences. The Georgian style is known for its symmetry, formality, straight lines and fine detail with paired chimneys as well as a decorative “crowns” above the main entrance a common feature in buildings of this era. Georgian period mouldings are characterised by flat surfaces as well as simple, straight lines without curves.

To create a distinct style to your home discuss the use of house mouldings with the Finishing Touch. Contact Steven De Gregorio

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