Wall molding (or wall moulding, as it’s more classically known) is my go-to when designing a remodel. Is your room feeling a little bland? Wanting to dress it up a smidge? Up the elegance or trend factor while adding lots of value? If yes, then you might want to consider incorporating decorative wall molding.

Different Types of Molding: Chair Rail

Chair rail molding refers to a trim that goes all the way around the middle of the wall. It’s typically about chair height, and its purpose is to protect the wall from the damage of chairs bumping and scooting against it. Hence the name. This is why it’s so common to see a chair rail trim in dining rooms.

Planked Walls/Shiplap

Because of its rustic feel, shiplap is super popular among lovers of both farmhouse and coastal decor. (Raising my hand!) And with its nautical origins, it’s no wonder. Shiplap was originally used as the outer siding of ships, because the overlapping wood planks created a water tight seal.  


Beadboard is a common wall molding that you’ve likely seen or used before. It’s a narrow vertical paneling that has a small curved ridge known as “beads” in between each panel. I love beadboard for its clean look and versatility. It pairs perfectly with cottage, coastal, and traditional decor styles.

Board and Batten

Board and batten consists of vertical and horizontal panels. The vertical panels are the “boards”, while the horizontal panels are the “battens”. Board and Batten is a very popular type of wainscoting, but like all wall moldings, it can also be used to cover the whole wall. It’s trendy, yet classic, and compliments a range of decor styles.

Picture Frame

All wall molding has an elevated feel, but something about picture frame molding feels a little extra fancy to me. It will take your space to a whole new level of refinement. It gets its name because that’s exactly what it looks like – the shape of a repeating picture frame pattern. 

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