4 Types of Stone Molding

Architectural stone can be used in many ways in both residential and commercial settings.  It can be used throughout for an elegant and complete look, as a strategic statement or visual element that draws the eye, or simply as a finishing detail that ties a look together.  Whatever way you choose to use architectural stone elements, they are sure to elevate the overall appearance of a space.  Architectural stone molding is one way to tie a complete stone look together or simply add an elegant element to a space.  Below are 4 different types of stone molding that can be incorporated in any residential or commercial setting.

4 Types of Stone Molding

  1. Stone Chair Rails
    • Stone rails were traditionally installed to protect the wall from damage if a chair bumped into it. While they have generally not been used that way for many decades, chair rails are still a common architectural element that adds beauty and style.  Chair rails can be made of a variety of material but stone chair rails are particularly unique and elegant. Chair rails can be installed at a variety of heights and can either be installed alone on the wall or may accompany other architectural details.
  2. Stone V-Caps
    • Stone V-caps are another type of architectural molding that adds a completed look to a stone application. Stone v-caps are often used in places like showers, countertops, pools, and on walls.
  3. Stone Stair Treads
    • Stair treads are essentially the part of stairs that you step on. They tend to get a lot of wear and tear so stone stair treads are a great choice because of durability.  In addition to durability, stone stair treads add elegance and unique style.  Stone stair treads can be used indoors or outdoors and are capable of standing up to years of wear and tear.
  4. Stone Wall Caps
    • Wall caps are used very commonly and complete the finished look of any wall. When a wall is installed there is the base, the primary portion/body of the wall, and then a wall cap is installed on top to finish the aesthetic appearance and protect the wall structure from damage.  Stone wall caps come in a variety of materials to ensure that they can be seamlessly installed with any stone wall.




6 Stone Columns Styles


When you think of columns you might have one particular image that comes to mind.  But, in reality, there are many different column types that are incredibly unique.  When choosing a column type for your particular architectural style, there are different stone column types from which to choose that will better accentuate your style and seamlessly blend with your architecture.  Below are 6 architectural stone column styles.

6 Stone Column Styles

  1. Doric
    • Doric columns are a very traditional architectural style that has been round for many years. Generally, Doric columns are consider wider/stouter than other column types.  The column type is usually not very ornate and tends to be somewhat plain compared to some other column types.  Also, the shaft of a Doric column is usually somewhat fluted and tends to be thinner on top and wider on the bottom.
  2. Tuscan
    • Tuscan columns, similar to Doric columns, are not known for being particularly ornate. Rather, they tend to be somewhat simple. Unlike Doric columns, Tuscan columns are not fluted.  Tuscan columns are more slender than Doric columns.
  3. Ionic
    • Ionic columns stand on a base of what appears to be stacked discs. Also, ionic columns are usually fluted and are often said to be a more feminine column style, particularly when compared to Doric columns. Ionic columns’ signature style is that they are adorned with a pair of scrolls at the top.
  4. Corinthian
    • Corinthian columns are one of the more ornate column styles and have been used in many countries for centuries. They traditionally have a grooved shaft and are often decorated with things like leaves, flowers, scrolls and more.  Corinthian columns tend to be more slender and sleek than other column types.
  5. Composite
    • Composite columns combine the styles of Ionic columns and Corinthian columns. Composite columns tend to incorporate both leaves and scrolls, making them a more ornate style that is often found in more ‘lavish’ settings.
  6. Solomonic
    • Solomonic columns are a very unique column type when compared with the previous 5 styles we have discussed. Solomonic columns have a scroll or twist design to the shaft that gives them a very distinct appearance.  The columns appear to twist or corkscrew in such a way that they are sometimes described as ‘spiral’ columns.  This style has been around for centuries and is considered an ornate/ornamental style that is often seen in lavish settings.