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A Guide to Timber Mouldings | Beaumont Forest

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

At Beaumont Forest, we specialise in redwood, softwood and MDF timber mouldings and stock a range of different styles available for you to buy online, including architrave, skirting and other softwood mouldings for a variety of applications.

What are timber mouldings?

Mouldings have been used throughout history, however, the use of timber mouldings became popularised in the late Georgian / early Victorian period. Originally, timber mouldings were used to mask any transitions between surfaces, such as the use of skirting between the wall and the floor, but since their early inception have been used to also add décor to the home.

Timber Mouldings

MDF Mouldings

As an alternative to traditional timber mouldings, MDF mouldings possess a number of benefits including the consistency of size, strength and dimensions. MDF will not expand and contract in the same way as traditional timber mouldings and are less likely to split. The low price of MDF and its versatility make it a popular choice for many, however, it doesn’t possess the same authentic look as the timber equivalent.

Redwood Timber Mouldings

Redwood is a light weight, durable and largely knot free timber with an open-celled structure, meaning it retains finishing treatments extremely effectively. Like MDF, redwood is easy to work, whilst being resistant to warping and shrinking, resulting in a never waning, attractive aesthetic. Beaumont Forest stock a range of redwood timber mouldings available in a number of popular designs, including Ogee, Ovolo and Torus.

Softwood Timber Mouldings

Softwood, as its name suggests, is characterised by its soft density which makes it easier to work with than hardwood. Trees comprised of softwood are grow fast, tall and straight meaning it can be produced at a reasonable price when compared to hardwood, making it a popular choice for building materials and furniture. Beaumont Forest stock a range of softwood timber mouldings for a variety of applications, including picture frame, quadrant and scotia mouldings.

Timber mouldings

What are the different timber moulding designs?

Many moulding designs serve a functional purpose, whereas others go beyond this and add a whole new element of character to the home. There are many different moulding designs, including:

  • Astragal – A moulding composed of a semi-circular cross section surrounded by two planes.

  • Torus – Like Astragal, the Torus moulding is also semi-circular, but larger at the base.

  • Bolection – Bolection mouldings are generally used for cosmetic purposes with an aim of projecting a surface beyond the frame.

  • Scotia – Concave in shape, the scotia moulding is highly effective at masking the transition between flooring and a wall.

  • Ovolo – In contrast to the Scotia moulding, the Ovolo moulding is convex in shape forming a quarter-round design.

All of the timber moulding designs above, and more, are available to buy from Beaumont Forest either online, or in store at our Ascot, Hoddesdon and High Wycombe branches.

Which timber mouldings are right for my home?

When choosing a timber moulding it’s important that the architecture matches your home. For example, if your home has its origins in the Georgian era, then it would be wise to choose a moulding that fits this style.

Georgian Era Mouldings (1714 – 1837)

Georgian era interior mouldings have their origins native to ancient Rome and Greece. Timber mouldings from this era reflect their ancient origins in their symmetry and simplicity, featuring tasteful ceiling roses and muted colour tones, contrasting with the designs of their Victorian successor.

Victorian Era Mouldings (1837 – 1901)

Victorian era architecture and interior design has a unique character that can easily be distinguished from other eras. Timber mouldings were a prominent part of this design culture and it was believed that features such as timber dado, skirting and architrave gave a room personality. Unlike the Georgian era, the Victorian is dominated by ornate design paired with elaborate detail.

Edwardian Era Mouldings (1901 – 1920)

Unlike the Victorian era, Edwardian era mouldings Timber was an incredibly popular architectural material in the Edwardian era. Many houses used timber for more functional purposes during this era, including the use of dado rails to protect walls from damage and simple lambs tongue skirting designs, as opposed to the complex detail of the Victorian era.

Contemporary Mouldings (1920 – Present)

Throughout each era there is a battle between the ornate and keeping things simple. From the symmetrical simplicity of the Georgian era, to the elaborate detail of the Victorian era, only to revert back to the uncomplicated, function designs of the Edwardian era. From the 1920’s up until today, there have been a mix of different styles borrowing details from a number of eras. Generally speaking, prevailing styles have demonstrated a less elegant and more minimalist approach, leaning towards a clean, straightforward appearance.

Beaumont Forest supply timber mouldings stemming from a number of different eras, in a range of different designs and timber types. Browse our range of timber mouldings to buy online, contact us via our online form, or alternatively, call into one of our branches.