Denver Moldings

Moldings such as chair rails, canes, pencil liners and ropes are often used as borders and accents to create a finished look. Moldings come in a variety of products including; travertine, marble, granite and slate.

Durango Pencil 1/2 x 12

Durango Cane 1 x 12

Durange Cane 3/4 x 12

Durango Rope 1 x 12

Durango Chair Rail 2 x12

English Walnut Rope 1 x 12

English Walnut Chair Rail 2 x12

Noche Pencil 1/2 x 12

Noche Cane 3/4 x 12

Noche Chair Rail 2 x 12

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Guide to Adding Denver Molding to Your Home Renovation Project

October 5, 2016

One of the simplest ways to add character to your home is with moldings. While many always think of moldings being placed around floors and around a room, there are so many other ways you can add in molding! It makes for a finished look and adds a little extra charm that can really make a dramatic difference. Especially when you are using stone in various areas of your house.

Molding Sizes:

You can use molding types such as chair rails, canes, pencil liners and ropes as borders and accidents. Pencil liners are usually smaller and are ½ inch by 12 inches long. Cane molding has a higher width than pencil, and is anywhere from ¾ to one inch wide and 12 inches long. Next is rope, which has a unique texture and is one inch wide and 12 inches long. Last is the widest of the molding at two inches wide by 12 inches long.

Types of Finishes:

You can get your molding in travertine, marble, granite or slate finishes. Travertine is a stone that is one of the easiest and best to clean and provides a dramatic look. Marble molding also provides a dramatic and classic look that attract many with its European appeal. Granite molding is a durable option that when sealed, is a reliable construction that does not stain easily. Last, you can also use slate molding. Many love putting this around fireplaces or accents for floors and other borders.

Changing the Dynamic:

Molding can be one of the top inexpensive ways to change the look and feel of a room. HGTV says you can add in three ways to make a difference. First is in the baseboards. Depending on your ceiling height you can add one that is eight to 10 inches. These are especially great at changing the dynamic of hardwood floors. Next are casings. These are the areas for doorways and other walkways and are available in a variety of styles. One of the most popular styles is crown molding. HGTV says the cove and dramatic curve is a go-to for a bold (but not busy) statement.

Important Tips:

When adding molding to your home, keep in mind to make sure it is a contrasting color. For instances, if you have dark hardwood floors, choose a lighter shade of molding. When going with a stone molding, work with your stone company to make sure it fits the look and feel of your home. They can help you find the material that best fits your home’s environment, will be easy to take care of and maintain its quality.

Learn more about how molding and trim can enhance your living space. When you are ready to find the stone best for you, Natural Stone Sales is your local Denver stone authority! Our premier services and selection can help you choose the best one for your home. Take a look at our entire stone project gallery to find Denver molding ideas and other stone renovation tips to get started. Then, give us a call at 303-777-7485 for assistance with your next design.  

Using Moldings in Denver: How to Measure and Place Chair Rail

Installing chair rail is a great way to add visual appeal in a home remodel. The common belief around chair rail is that it’s supposed to keep chairs from banging into the wall (hence the name “chair rail” and why it’s so often used in dining rooms). However, even more than its practical purpose, chair rail is meant to create pleasing proportions. And when it comes to measuring and placing chair rail, there’s both a science and an art to it. That is, you can be deliberate in your ratios, but still need to “feel” your way to the final result. Let’s explore this more:

Believe it or not, measurement and placement of chair rail is a bone of contention. Some experts say chair rail should be installed anywhere between 30-36 inches from the floor—or about the height of the back of a chair. But this measurement usually does not take into consideration the height of the ceiling. Chair rail can quickly create a feeling of disproportion if ceiling height is left out of the equation.
Instead, carpentry expert Bret Hull likes to employ the rules of proportion from classic architecture; specifically, that to achieve symmetry, harmony, and proportion, the 1:7 ratio of a Doric column—which is seven times as tall as it is wide—should be the golden standard. But interestingly enough, this 1:7 ratio is also based on the proportions of the human body. In his article titled Misused & Confused Chair Rail, Hull explains: “The moldings in a room are supposed to relate to our bodies, too. That is why you can walk into an old building and it just ‘feels’ right. The reason it feels right is because it is symmetrical and harmonious to our own size. We innately relate to and enjoy a space we fit into and fit well with.”

So how does this apply to chair rail? 

Hull’s post goes into great detail about how to break down placement of chair rail by parts and inches, using the ratio mentioned above. But if you want a quicker answer, consider these basic guidelines around chair rail height
  • Place chair rail at one-third the distance of the ceiling height. For example, in a room with a standard 8-foot ceiling, you would place the chair rail about 32 inches from the floor.
  • If a particular placement feels right to you, then go with it, no matter if the measurement is 24 inches from the floor or 36. In fact, chair rail used to be installed much closer to the floor in previous eras than we tend to install these days…which brings us to the third rule:
  • It’s better to place chair rail too low in a room rather than too high. Placing it too high can make the room feel squat, stuffy, and uncomfortable, as Hull attests. He prefers to place chair rail at about 25% the height of the room.
If you’re planning a home remodel and want to incorporate elements of design using Denver moldings, check out our selection at Natural Stone Sales. Our experts will give you the individualized service and advice you need. Call us at 303-777-7485 or stop by our showroom today.

How Molding and Trim Can Enhance Your Space

An easy way to revamp your space and add some custom touches when looking to remodel your space is incorporating molding and trim to your home. Many different styles exist and creating the look you desire is quick and simple. You can add character, depth, and even appear to increase the size of rooms by adding a small trim to either ceilings or floors. Here are three ways you could incorporate molding into your next home renovation project:
  1. Floors: Especially with hardwood floors, baseboards can really create a stand out effect in your home. Rooms can appear to be polished and tidy with this simple addition. It adds a detail that can create a grounding for the space and make it appear larger as well.
  2. Ceilings: Near the ceiling trim is typically called crown molding as it is fitted at the top of the walls. These can vary in size from slim to wide and actually make the ceiling appear higher, creating the illusion of more space.
  3. Doors: Around the openings of doors, this type of trim is called casing. Normally it will wrap around the outside edges as well as the inside frame itself. This can act as a protective barrier surrounding your door and can make it easy to clean as well. The difference in texture and color also draws the eye to the area and provides depth.
Molding and trim are a simple addition and can add dramatic effects to your home’s aesthetic. Consider the areas that could provide the greatest impact for your space. For help and more advice, contact Natural Stone Sales. Stop by our showroom to view our full selection or learn more about how to incorporate new elements to your home like the types of granite countertops Denver homeowners love.