Typical Uses for Molding are
Door and Window Casings
Sep 15, 2014
Molding is used to create shadow and definition on a surface, to
separate elements, to cover unsightly seams, and to bring decorative detail into
a room. In modern architecture, molding is used less than it is in decorative,
traditional styles. Some typical uses for molding are door and window casings,
crown molding (at the highest point on a wall), baseboards (at the lowest point
on the wall), and on furniture.
Six classic molding types include:
Cavetto is a concave molding that is a quarter-round. It is used for crown
molding as a transition from wall to ceiling planes.
Cyma Recta Cyma recta has a concave curve over a convex curve. It is essentially a
cavetto over an ovolo and was traditionally used in Classical architecture in
the cornice and architrave.
Cyma reversa, also called an Ogee, is the opposite of cyma recta; it has a
convex curve over a concave curve. Like Cyma Recta, it was used in Classical
architecture in the cornice or architrave of a building
Ovolo is a convex molding that is a quarter-round.Â It is a Classical
molding that is often seen with decorative motif on it.
Scotia is a concave molding that curves to a half-round creating a
semi-circle or half an ellipse. It was typically used in Classical architecture
at the base of a column.
Torus is a convex molding that is a semi-circle or semi-ellipse. It might be
used along the lower section of a cabinet and was commonly seen in the base of
molding is the projection from a wall over an arch. This type of molding, seen
typically in Gothic architecture, was used to protect the archway from
rainwater. It also serves as a decorative frame for the top of an arch.
Label molding is a horizontal projection over a window or doorway that drops
vertically to about a third of the way down the sides of the opening. This type
of molding, like hood molding, is used to divert rainwater away from a doorway
or window. Label molding was used in Gothic and
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