When we think of trimming our doorways, ceilings and walls, traditional wood architectural moldings are what typically come to mind. However, if you are looking for something distinctive to give interest and definition into your passageways and ceilings, then here are a few truly unusual, beautiful and fun alternatives. Of specific note would be the line of modern moldings, skirting, cornicing and architrave bits from the British company, Solomon&Wu, which won Most Innovative Product at Decorex 2011.
Until now, people who wanted a modern look had to eliminate moldings altogether or use very plain ones. Architectural ornamentation defines the general feel and style of a space, so these layouts are more appropriate for modern dwellings, which tend to be more nominal compared to traditional spaces.
Solomon & Wu
As Monty Python would say,”Now for something completely different.” Wu & solomon have reinvented architectural molding products. At first glance, this tasteful wall covering and rich drapery make you think you are taking a look at a very traditional room. But look carefully at the white baseboard. That is anything but traditional.
Solomon & Wu
The angular relief on this architrave is a brand new take on doorway trim. The bigger molding pattern on the ceiling is just spectacular. Manufacturing techniques have changed radically with the advent of the silicone mould, therefore it is likely to make contours unlike anything available before. Solomon&Wu’s layouts are carved out of plaster blocks, from which a silicone mould is made. Subsequently fibrous plaster is cast into the molds to make the final product.
Solomon & Wu
This skirting, architrave and 2-piece cornicing from their Caumont Series is meant to be reminiscent of a metropolitan skyline.
Solomon & Wu
If urban and angular don’t attract you, then perhaps you’ll enjoy their Organic Structure Series inspired by the cellular structure found in nature.
Notice how designers are reaching new looks with trim, next.
Pepe Calderin Design- Modern Interior Design
In the event the unique molding products over are not your cup of tea, there are other beautiful ways to give standout details. What I love here is that rather than drywall with an employed wood trim, these passageways have been pared down to nothing but the trim. The essence of minimal design at its very best.
Tim Cuppett Architects
The subtle, recessed area which goes up the wall and on the ceiling is a very unusual approach to give definition to each window within this hall.
Rather than using carved moldings, rustic beams incorporate a casual farmhouse look for this area.
Without the angled braces, the beams feel more modern. They add such warmth into the white space.
David Churchill – Architectural Photographer
The organic and somewhat rough wood round this doorway combines well with the green colour scheme to produce a feeling of being out in nature.
Moldings might be budget-busting detail, however a steady hand and a can of contrasting paint can be all you need to create a particular trim around your door.
Paint is all that it takes here to define these archways.
Silva Studios Architecture
Stone is another gorgeous way to cut a doorway. With all the gorgeous, thin rock products which can be applied to the surface of walls, you may not require a mason to achieve this look.
I thought this fun nod to historical ruins was a fun approach to trim this out modern glass door.
The heavy wood lintel beams over these passageways appear ageless to me.
Latin Accents, Inc..
Give tile some consideration if you are searching for a substitute for wood trim for doorways. With so many styles to pick from, you can attain any look you want, from traditional to modern.
Chris Jovanelly Interior Design
For pure fun, I only love the zebra stripe molding here. Fabulous regardless of what you put it about!
What do you believe? Are you prepared to depart from traditional architectural cuts and try something out of the ordinary?
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