Instant Architecture: Add Your Own Molding

There are definite benefits to living in a well-made newly constructed home — flush walls, new plumbing, high-performance heating and cooling systems — but there's also a tendency for new homes to feel a little bland. Details that were once common to interior architecture (like crown molding and the occasional ceiling medallion) aren't usually included in new construction.

This lack of millwork can make a home feel like it's missing something, especially if you're not a modernist whose furniture fits in with the 'white box' aesthetic. For those who want their homes to have a little more character, custom or off-the-shelf molding can offer the architectural detail they seek without huge costs.

Big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe's sell crown molding and medallions, but there are also specialty retailers, like Outwater, that have an extensive inventory of decorative molding and millwork. In case you're considering going this route, we've rounded up five examples of Apartment Therapy house tours, all of which feature molding added by the homeowners. Click through the links for a deeper look into each home.


  1. Joanna and Dave's Arizona Dream Home
  2. Jon Improves on the Stark White Box
  3. Summer and Josh's Pumped Up Traditional
  4. Will's English Gentry in Cabbagetown
  5. Mackenzie's Michigan Avenue Condo

Balmer Architectural Moldings

Photos: John Woodcock, Jon Crawford-Phillips, Evan Thomas, Rachael Grad, Mackenzie