After decades of minimalism, post-modernism and a complete move away from anything that wasn’t functional, we’re moving back to aesthetic appreciation.

Thank god!

For decades, if it wasn’t structural or vital to the form of the building, it was deemed expendable.  This was either a cheap (and shoddy) way of building. Or – if you wanted a great finish – one of the most expensive you can imagine.

Internal architecture serves a purpose – it hides joins at the ceiling (with cornices) at doorways with architraves; it protects (at floor level with skirting boards) and it can conceal all manner of faults, adding character and a sense of grandeur.

Without it, rooms can feel half-finished, or lacking in warmth. 

That’s why it’s coming back.

For those of you who haven’t discovered the free interior design magazine, Lonny, this month’s edition features a featureless house that has been transformed with masses of (fake and period-inappropriate) moulding.  It looks AMAZING!  Check it out here.

Inspirations are easy to find in houses of old:

They range from the more intricate (above) to the plainer applications.  The simplicity and beauty of most can be translated into modern day with a simple paint job or the addition of some pre-cut lengths of moulding.

Beautiful mouldings

Or it can even be painted on in a manner that is never meant to be ‘real’.  The bed may be a bit chintzy for my taste – an ultra modern look would set off those painted panels better I think – it would take itself less seriously.