30 Picture Frame Molding Ideas To Give Your Walls Character


Published: January 19, 2024
Updated: December 27, 2023

We often spruce up our walls with a fresh coat of paint or a new piece of artwork. But wall trim is a great way to infuse elegance, too. Picture frame molding, in particular, is a type of decorative trim set in a square or rectangular shape — hence the name. The design is often found in historic homes and formal designs. “Wall trim and molding add character and charm to any room,” says Naïka Andre, head designer and founder of NJA Interiors. “It’s a beautiful way to give any space a finished look.”

Picture frame molding is used as a decorative element on its own; however, it can also be used to actually frame art or as a backdrop for your favorite pieces. There are many styling options for picture frame molding, but in general, it can evoke a particular vibe or era. “Spaces that opt out of using molding tend to read more modern and contemporary,” Andre explains. Still, if you’re looking for depth, picture frame molding fits the bill, regardless of your design style. Ready to give your walls an update? Check out our gallery of the best picture frame molding ideas to inspire you.

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