Home improvements: moulding keeps blandness at bay

Moulding, which is typically made out of wood or urethane, will add that extra pop to any space.

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Sometimes a room, regardless of how much furniture you throw into it or how many coats of paint you slap on the walls, can be left looking a little bland. But moulding, sometimes referred to as trim, will add that extra pop. Typically made out of wood or urethane, moulding can be added to just about any part of a room: the middle of a wall, around windows, doors, archways and even along the edges of built-in bookcases.

White or stained wood are two typical options. To keep things simple, opt for plain moulding to frame certain parts of your room – or to spruce up a really bland area, frame the doorway, ceiling, and base and top of the walls, to create an entirely new look.

To alter a room without too much effort, try crown moulding. It requires placement in the junction between walls and ceiling.

Finally, for a bit more of a challenge, why not try wainscoting? A full panel, typically white, placed three-quarters from the floor and running straight down to the base of the wall, wainscoting can be used anywhere in the house, from the walls of a staircase to the bathroom.