Dining Rooms Green
Although the line created by a skirting board is regularly broken by doorways and fireplaces or obscured by furniture, it nevertheless plays an important decorative role. It draws attention to the floor by framing it and when used in conjunction with a dado and a picture rail it can be used to create bands of colour and texture on the walls. Usually between 10cm (4in) and 30cm (12in) high, the taller examples are often fashioned from two or more mouldings joined together. Skirting boards are often absent in minimal or rustic interiors and are perhaps replaced by a band of painted colour or flawless plastering. Although architraves are not, strictly speaking, wall mouldings at all, because they are fixed to the outer rim of the door frame, it is usual for the architrave and skirting patterns to match, although the width of the architrave is slightly narrower.
Mouldings in a room need not all be painted the same colour. Here, a white cornice helps to brighten up a dark background of teal green, while a gold painted picture rail provides a decorative theme and, like the coachlines painted onto the sides of expensive cars, conveys a sense of luxury.
Plaques, columns, corbels and friezes
A classically decorated fireplace and geometric frieze provide historic detail, and create a formal backdrop for predominantly modern furniture. Note how other mouldings have been kept as simple as possible to focus attention on the fireplace and ceiling lends itself well to being coloured or decorated. Traditionally, this took the form of gilding or painting, but it can also be tinted with pigments before casting. The latter is surprisingly easy to do yourself and worth considering as paint effects never achieve quite the same depth of colour.