Once upon a time architectural decorative mouldings for building interiors were made of plaster and Italian Stuccardores created intricately designed ceilings by hand, onsite. Stucco was used in Victorian times for smooth, evenly coloured house fronts but by the 1860s terracotta became more popular. Decorative mouldings held an important significance in the value of houses, with elaborate mouldings adding value to the price of a house.
These days decorative mouldings are simpler in design, sometimes recreating the look of bygone eras, as with columns and arches. The greatest advance in modern decorative mouldings has been the development of lightweight mouldings. The Finishing Touch are leaders in this technology. Their lightweight mouldings are created using a high grade computer cut EPS polystyrene. They offer two styles of finish – smooth or sandstone. The sandstone finish is created by triple coating the mouldings with a multi-part compound, which is reinforced with a triple coating of sand for maximum strength and durability. The smooth finish is achieved by reinforcing the mouldings with fibreglass mesh, then coating with 1 or 2 coats of an impact resistant and flexible polymer modified cementitious render. This coating provides a smooth, durable exterior.
Current building trends use a number of styles, with the French Provincial look being extremely popular. Georgian and Mediterranean styles are also popular as are Post-Modern designs. Decorative mouldings are used to finish buildings and help to achieve the particular styles being applied. In fact, the Finishing Touch have specific decorative mouldings that are used for French Provincial, Georgian, Mediterranean or Post-Modern designed houses. The development of lightweight decorative mouldings has made it easier for builders to use these decorative features extensively on houses, creating stylish buildings with a classic or modern look.