Excellent Architectural Subordination in Three Parts

archway moldings for living room

This is the pilaster and capital Dave created to support the entablature over his foyer/living room archway.

When readers send us pictures of their work they say we helped inspire, it makes all the time we spend creating content for The Joy of Moldings worthwhile.

Dave has been a very earnest student of how to design and install moldings in his home that he is now renovating.  And he’s doing it in grand style.

interior archway with column

Part 1. Dave’s archway in full view.

Above  Note how Dave used a center panel in the entablature frieze.  This helps break up the vast expanse between the two outside capitals and also gives the center column something more to “support.”

column base

The pilaster base Dave created from plinth stock.

Below  This door/archway is subordinate to the larger one above, and so receives a slightly less grand, yet still stunningly beautiful, surround.

crown molding over door

Part 2. A subordinate door surround.

Dave paid special attention to the concept of architectural subordination when creating his door surrounds.

Now he can enjoy crescendos and decrescendos of architectural drama as he moves through his home.

Read more about Architectural Subordination here >>


door trim molding for small archway

Part 3.  The most subordinate archway in Dave’s trinity.

I hope the work Dave has shared with us will inspire you to take on your own molding project at whatever skill level you are ready for.

Thanks for sharing your moldings with us, Dave!

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