Everything you need to know about Mouldings

A moulding is an ornamental shape used as an architectural feature that has been made into an ornamental shape or decorated with a pattern. It can be used for the interior as well as the exterior design of a building or structure. In the past decorative mouldings have usually been made up of wood, stone, and cement. With the advancement of technology, new mouldings are being manufactured that are lightweight, easy to install, have a great price point and aesthetically pleasing. You can create unlimited designs using Architraves, Bands, Cords, Parapets, Quoins, and Keystones.

Different types of Decorative Mouldings:

  • Architraves: An architrave is a form of trim generally used to accent the top of a doorway, windows or opening. They are one of the most commonly used mouldings for houses and other buildings. Architraves work to add grandeur to any space – reducing miter lines and elevating your look. Whether renovating an existing home or building or creating from new, architraves have been used for centuries to provide textural and graphic appeal to exteriors of homes. A great architrave is, above all else, the dressing that’s built to impress.
  • Bands: They are plane, attractive and protecting ribbon raised above the surface.
  • Plinth Blocks: They are an attractive wood block that is thicker and broader than a door exterior. They are used as a component of the door fit at the base to improve the appearance.
  • Hoods: They are an external plaster moulding from a barrier over an opening. They can be ended at the side by decoration called label stop. The structure is designed to throw off rainwater. They have become quite popular with the introduction of rectangular windows at the home.
  • Parapet: It is a horizontal moulding used for a decorative purpose like the crowning of the building. They can be used on buildings, windows as well as the top of any interior wall. Simple ones are used for crowning only. Projecting parapets can be used to discharge rainwater from the roof. Types of Parapets:
    1. Box Cornice
    2. Close Cornice
    3. Open Cornice
  • Sills: They cover the front of the wooden or concrete window, to finish the interior look. They are also useful in concealing old window sills and highlight any window space.
  • Columns: They are strong, lightweight, easy to install for load bearing as non-load bearing purpose. They are made up of modified polymer and cement containing minerals. They can be used to cover changeover between surfaces or ornamentation. They can not only be used to create any desired look but also for the restoration of old buildings.
  • Cement Mouldings: Cement mouldings are quite useful for creating top quality design mouldings at an affordable price. They have a longer shelf life, are quite easy to use and give a fine finish to the design. Cement mouldings are easily available for dissimilar designs at nominal costs.


Whether it’s your house or office, mouldings can be used to improve and enhance the exterior as well as the interior appearance of the structure. At SHG Trade Solutions we have a wide range of mouldings from exterior plaster mouldings to cement mouldings. Give SHG Trade Solutions a call at 0364241397. We provide valuable product information and assistance with choosing the right moulding for your next project.