Since moving to Charlotte, NC, I have had the privilege of visiting the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC on two occasions. Owned by the Vanderbilt family, the Biltmore House is an incomparable French Renaissance estate that boasts 250 rooms and landscaping by the legendary Frederick Law Olmstead, designer of New York City’s Central Park. There is no shortage of exquisite materials, textiles, and architectural details throughout the Biltmore House.
One architectural detail that spoke to me as I toured the Biltmore House was the use of molding. Molding is defined as the ornamental use of wood, plastic or stone for decorative reasons. Molding has been utilized throughout history to accentuate walls and implement character in both residential and commercial spaces.
Molding has long been associated with traditional spaces, but today it is used in contemporary and traditional spaces alike. It has the ability to work in tandem with a myriad of wall coverings or on its own, truly taking walls to another level.
Molding can be as simple as chair rail around the perimeter of a room or as complex as an entire room of wainscoting. Either way, it is hard to deny how impactful molding can be.
The traditional picture frame molding in this living area gives way to a very transitional space. Instead of receding into the background, the walls have become a prominent architectural feature.
This linear molding treatment is much more on the contemporary side, but it is as equally stunning as traditional molding.
Known for being leaders in the interior design industry, hospitality designers strategically use molding to create warmth and depth in a space.
This Omni hotel features wood molding throughout the entire space, making the lobby feel both rich and distinguished.
The classic but intricate white molding used in this hotel lobby adds a ton of layers and character.
Whether used sparingly or comprehensively, molding adds a ton of charm to any space. Stairwells, focal walls, hotel lobbies and more can really benefit from this interior design feature.