Vintage Wood Moulding Styles

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Vintage Wood Moulding Styles
The Vintage style is often referred to as Victorian. (a Victorian palette image by Stormy Ward from

Wood moulding is an extremely common way to frame a room, window or picture. There are a variety of wood moulding styles such as contemporary, modern and vintage. The vintage wood moulding style is typically found in older homes or reproduction project houses. Vintage wood moulding is often referred to as a Victorian style and can be very detailed.

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Room Moulding Styles

Moulding at the top and bottom of walls is an elegant way to bring character to a room. Vintage or Victorian crown moulding is characterised by ornate detail with multiple ridges and curves. Rooms with ceilings ten feet and higher can utilise extensive Victorian style crown moulding. Top crown moulding presents an angle between the wall and the ceiling and further vertical panel moulding. This style of Victorian crown moulding can be deep (one foot or more) and can be incorporated with mid-wall chair rails of the same design.

Vintage Wood Moulding Styles
Vintage crown moulding creates elegance in a room. (moulding image by Jim Mills from

Outdoor and Window Styles

Vintage or Victorian moulding and outdoor trim is distinctive. Front porches typically incorporate Victorian gable decorations with sweeping corner pieces and cutaway trim. Trim pieces called spandrels have vertical wooden posts with balls. The corner brackets can also have similar wooden posts. Spandrels can also have ornate swirls and cutouts. The Vintage style window mouldings incorporate fixed shutters and deep flat edge pieces. Screen doors in the Vintage style utilise corner brackets and spandrels to match porch and window details.

Vintage Wood Moulding Styles
Vintage style porches are distinctive. (Victorian homes image by Andrew Kazmierski from

Picture Framing

Typical picture framing uses moulding and can be extensive and detailed. Victorian framing incorporates details not typical of Victorian moulding, including beads and swirls. Frame thickness is also a characteristic of Vintage or Victorian picture frames. The thickness can be three- to six-inches wide and incorporate multiple grooves and angles. The edges of a Vintage style picture frame are usually several inches from the wall giving the appearance of depth and size.

Picture frames are available in the Vintage style.
Picture frames are available in the Vintage style. (picture frame 05 image by Natasha from

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