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A wall decoration that does not date from today
Even if the moldings have existed since Greek and Roman Antiquity, they were very successful during the Renaissance period. A symbol of wealth, wealthy families used them to mark their social class. Subsequently, the moldings changed radically with the arrival of the Art Deco movement. They want to be more elegant, more sober, more geometric. In other words, the moldings are reinvented and used to decorate the walls to give contrast and character to all interiors of the 1920s. Thereafter, Art Deco will open the door to contemporary decoration and the moldings have ended up leaving room for smoother walls.
Molding vs Art Deco: a winning duo
© Graham Brown
If interior moldings are making a big comeback in 2018, it is because they accompany - aptly - the revival of Art Deco. Deco style emblematic of the roaring twenties, the Art Deco movement is characterized by:
- noble materials,
- symmetrical and / or geometric patterns,
- furniture with clean lines,
- and of course, moldings on the walls and / or ceiling!
But this year, the Art Deco style is modernizing. We imprint on it some essential elements of the past and we associate them with a more current decor. In practice, avoid the total look and prefer to bet on accessories in small touches. We imagine, for example, moldings in the basement associated with a wallpaper like this black and gold model which gives a spectacular dimension to this living room. In terms of decoration, add a few brass mirrors, opaline pendant lights, mottled furniture with gourmet and refined lines and velvet cushions!
Renovate old moldings
Known to be difficult to maintain, moldings need to be cleaned regularly. Indeed, they are real dust nests, especially if they are on the ceiling! If you are lucky enough to have them at home, pamper them. When the dust collects, wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Remember that if you want to resell your property one day, your moldings (if they are in good condition) will be a gain for the sale! Have you just bought a house watch and the moldings have not been properly maintained? You will have to use a brush (or a brush for gilding) to deep clean and remove a maximum of dust (especially if you aim to paint them). To know the tips for cleaning without damaging the moldings, find our article on this subject. If the moldings are damaged or even damaged, it is recommended to call a professional staffeur-ornemaniste to renovate them.
What about paint on molding?
© Ferm Living
Some people think it is sacrilege. If we advise fans of old decoration, to paint period moldings (painting tends to make relief less important), fans of contemporary decor can afford more fancies. Especially since painting makes it possible to visually enlarge or shrink a room. For example, we choose to paint a wall and its moldings in the same color and leave the ceiling white to give the illusion of a larger room. Conversely, you can paint the ceiling of a high room ceiling to structure and reduce the feeling of space.
Do you dream of a living room where the moldings alone give the room its character? Why not play the illusion with decorative moldings? Generally, false moldings come in several materials. To help you choose, here are the characteristics of each of them:
- Plaster: it is the most expensive material for designing decorative moldings. But its quality is exceptional since plaster makes it possible to produce patterns with great precision and to be tailor-made!
- Polystyrene: unlike plaster, polystyrene is the most economical material. Inevitably, the finishes are less refined. The advantage? It is light and easy to install!
- Polyurethane: rather cheap material, it is more qualitative than polystyrene but needs to be coated and sanded before being installed.
- Wood: it is rarer to see wooden moldings because it is a heavy material which requires a minimum of expertise. Due to its weight, it cannot be installed anywhere (forget the wooden moldings on the ceiling for example).