They are found in most Haussmann apartments, they make us dream for their refinement and elegance and finally, they sign their big comeback this year, I named: moldings! With the return of the Art Deco movement in vogue, moldings are, more than ever, the trend in wall decoration. Decorative styles, renovation, maintenance or laying of decorative moldings … We tell you everything!
A wall decoration that does not date today
Although the moldings have existed since Greek and Roman antiquity, they were very popular during the Renaissance period. Symbol of wealth, wealthy families used them to mark their social class. Subsequently, 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 dress the walls to give contrast and character to all interiors of the 20s.Subsequently, Art Deco opens the door to contemporary decor and the moldings have finally given way to interiors with smoother walls.
Molding vs Art Deco: a winning duo
If the interior moldings make their big comeback in 2018, it is because they accompany – justly – 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 motifs, * gilding, * furniture with clean lines, * and of course, moldings on the walls and / or the ceiling!
But this year, the Art Deco style is modernizing. It imprints 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 by small touches.We imagine, for example, under-bedding moldings associated with a wallpaper in the image of this black and gold model that gives a spectacular dimension to this living room. On the decorative side, add some brass mirrors, opal suspensions, heathered furniture with clean lines and velvet cushions!
Renovate old moldings
Renowned for being difficult to maintain, moldings need to be cleaned regularly. Indeed, they are real dust nests, especially if they are on the ceiling! If you’re lucky enough to have some at home, pamper them. When the dust builds up, use a microfiber cloth. Remember that if you want to sell your property one day, your moldings (if they are in good condition) will be an added value for the sale!
You just bought a home watch and the moldings were not properly maintained? You will need to use a brush (or a brush for gilding) to thoroughly clean and remove as much dust as possible (especially if you are aiming to paint them).To know the tips to clean without damaging the moldings, find our article on this subject. If the moldings are damaged or damaged, it is recommended to call a professional staffer-ornemaniste to renovate them.
And the painting on molding?
Some think it’s sacrilege. If we advise against the amateurs of ancient decoration, to paint moldings of time (the painting tends to make less important the reliefs), the followers of contemporary deco can afford more fantasies. Especially since painting can enlarge or shrink a room visually. For example, you choose to paint a wall and its moldings of the same color and leave the white ceiling 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 stamp to the room? Why not play the illusion with decorative moldings? In general, false moldings are available in several materials. To help you choose, here are the characteristics of each of them:
Plaster: it is the most expensive materials to design decorative moldings. But its quality is exceptional because the plaster makes it possible to realize reasons with a lot of precision and to make tailor-made!
Polystyrene: Unlike plaster, polystyrene is the most economical material. Of course, the finishes are less refined. The advantage? It is light and easy to install!
Polyurethane: a rather cheap material, it is more qualitative than polystyrene but needs to be coated and sanded before being laid.
Wood: it is more rare to see wooden moldings because it is a heavy material that requires a minimum of expertise. Because of its weight, it can not be placed anywhere (forget the wooden moldings on the ceiling for example).