For over twenty years, The Australian Moulding Company has provided homeowners with the most comprehensive range of skirting and architrave styles on the market. With over 5,000 profiles available from all periods of Australian housing, ranging from the Colonial era to modern-day and contemporary homes, we are confident you’ll find the exact style you’re looking for to compliment the unique interior design of your home.
Colonial Skirting Boards and Architrave Profile
Homes from the Colonial period (1788-1901) were influenced by the Regency and British Georgian periods of the 19th century. These homes reveal an increasing affluence within our Nation, though they are typically modest-looking, with limited decorative features and a more relaxed, country-style feel.
Colonial homes are known to be symmetrical in design and often have pitched roofs, paired chimneys, and rectangular facades. Features of Colonial homes also include multi-pane sash windows, external shutters, stone or brickwork, brick quoining, six panelled doors, and wide wrap-around verandas.
Skirting and architrave profiles for Colonial homes comprise of an ‘S Bend’ curve or ‘Lambs Tongue’ positioned at the top of the moulding, running into the V joint.
Colonial-style skirting and architraves have become more decorative and intricate over the years, with a tendency for more elaborate and ornate curves, which our vast selection from this period demonstrates.
Victorian Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
‘More of everything’ is a term associated with the Victorian period (1837-1901). From an architectural standpoint, the era is remembered for its devotion to decorative detail. Special attention was paid to ornamental embellishments, which displayed both family wealth and power.
Victorian-style facades vary from Georgian to classic and include terrace-style housing. Recognisable features of the Victorian-style include fretwork, towers, dormers, turrets, double pane and stain glass windows, steeply pitched roofs, curved verandas, cast iron or lacework, chimney stacks, and red or multi-coloured brickwork.
The skirting and architrave profiles of the Victoria era are far more decorative than the Colonial period. Victorian homes often display meticulous wall panelling and dado rails to add sophistication and elegance to chosen rooms.
The Victorian period has a specific stylishness and splendour about it, making it essential to find the correct style of profile to compliment the existing mouldings in these types of homes.
Federation / Edwardian Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
Federation and Edwardian-style homes overlap during the period between 1890-1915. These homes are often eye-catching and attractive and are some of the first characteristically built Australian homes. Federation architecture was heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and is generally associated with cottages in the Queen Anne-style.
Homes built during the Federation/Edwardian era are much more simple and straightforward than during the Victorian period. The exterior design encompasses the outdoor lifestyle of many Australians, with wide-open verandas and terracotta tiled roofs. Interior features include bright rooms, high ceilings, wide hallways, leadlight windows, ceiling roses, finials and brackets, plasterwork, fretwork, and wooden frames.
Skirting and architrave profiles from the Federation/Edwardian period typically have a touch of curves with a larger flat area beneath the ‘Lambs Tongue’. Although these profiles are generally less elaborate and showy than the Victorian period, our extensive range will accommodate any style of home built during this era.
Late Edwardian / Californian Bungalow Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
The Late Edwardian period (1901-1910) and Californian Bungalow-style homes in Australia (1913 onwards) are reliable and respectable. Originating in Los Angeles, the “Cal-bung” is recognised as a sturdy home with a firm and heavy aesthetic. This period corresponded with the rise of the film industry in Hollywood and the spread of American culture throughout Australia, where Britain had largely influenced our architecture.
Most Californian Bungalows are single storey. They feature sloping roofs, bare rafters and broad eaves. It is typical for homes in the Late Edwardian period to have stained glass windows, terracotta shingles, tiled roofs, dark bricks, rough rendered walls with panelling or wainscoting, high waisted doors, and enclosed front porches to reduce street noise. Some of these homes also feature an attic vent or dormer window over the main part of the house.
Late Edwardian / Californian Bungalow-style skirting and architrave profiles are simple, hardy, and robust. They are much less intricate than those of the Colonial or Victorian period and are designed to create a clean and solid aesthetic within your home.
Art Deco Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
Art Deco became a popular style in France in the 1920s following the art nouveau movement. In the 1930s, during the great depression, it was commonly adopted in Australia; however, there is evidence of this style throughout Australian architecture from as early as 1918, particularly in the cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide.
Homes built in the Art Deco era use bold colours including deep yellows, pinks, blues, greens, reds, black, and silver. The style is understated and sleek, with smooth lines, geometric motifs, and symmetrical shapes providing both an elegant and linear appearance.
Familiar Art Deco attributes include porthole and steel framed windows, curved glass, flat roofs, glass bricks, and quaint balconies lined with handrails.
Skirting and architrave profiles from the Art Deco era have more detail and character than the Late Edwardian / Californian Bungalow-style. Still, they are considered sleek and understated compared to those from the Victorian period.
Post War Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
During the Post War period of the 1940s, building materials were limited because of economic constraints, and many homes were built using brick veneer, weatherboard, or asbestos cement. Off the back of the Art Deco era, the design of dwellings became more humble and modern in their design. Post Wars homes were built for comfort and family living.
Because of limits on supplies, Post War homes commonly had weatherboard cladding, butterfly or flat roofs, and metal casement windows. Houses were often single storey, with a move towards open plan living.
Building forms of this era had very few flourishes, limited plaster and cornice moulds, and were said to lack originality. Post War homes were however famous for their durability.
The profiles of skirting and architrave mouldings for the Post War era reflect the move towards the modern era by exhibiting a sturdy and straightforward aesthetic with very few embellishments.
Modern / Contemporary Skirting Boards and Architraves Profile
Following the Post War period, housing in Australia boomed. Mass-produced building materials were in abundance, and a newer, more modern, and simpler way of living was reflected in Australian architecture. Minimalism took off, and the styles of contemporary homes moved far away from the decorative and elegant forms of the late 1800s.
Open plan living from the Post War period was adopted and enhanced. Box-like facades replaced decorative entrances, and garden lawns were landscaped and manicured.
‘Less is more’ is a true statement for both the interior and exterior design of modern and contemporary homes. Typical features include wall-length windows, rendered or plain brick walls, skylights, atriums, patios, planter boxes, geometric shapes, and contrasting colours.
Skirting and architrave profiles for modern homes are generally thinner with a larger flat area that can sit higher up the wall than in earlier periods. Some are smooth with only a basic design element, while others encompass a more complex and characterised look with hard lines and sharper curves.