VIDEO: Wood Vs. Architectural Metal Mouldings Part 2 - Scrape Test

Many architectural projects must back up their beauty with backbone. It’s not enough to create a great design -- it’s got to stand up to wear and tear in a mass-shared space, too.

That’s why this video series attempts to answer, "What is the most durable type of base trim in the industry?" Wood[...]

Metal Door Frame Casing: Avoiding Ugliness & 3 Other Benefits

The status quo isn’t going to advance your designs. Sometimes you need to reassess what’s always been considered "acceptable" and see it for what it is -- kinda ugly. A door casing is a prime example of an opportunity to take the “ugly” and turn it in to something beautiful.

What makes a metal[...]

VIDEO: Wood Vs. Architectural Metal Mouldings Part 1 - Impact Test

All mouldings, whether metal or wood, look great when they roll off the manufacturing line. They look strong, sturdy, and beautiful. The durability of mouldings when applied in the field, however, is a reminder of how poorly we humans treat our things.

Welding Copper is Possible... & It Makes Great Interior Framing

Is “welding” copper possible? Absolutely. The trick is establishing the ideal joining method for your application.

Intentional Corrosion Makes Old Architectural Finishes New Again

Being ahead of the hottest trends is what makes an already qualified and experienced designer stand above the competition. As many modern upscale home and business owners seek to revamp their spaces with materials beyond wood, they are considering the use of strategically placed metal to create[...]

10 Oldest Metal Architectural Mouldings That Can Still Be Made Today

In 1904, Charles Dahlstrom invented and introduced the world’s first fireproof steel door. It wasn’t long after that word of his new company spread and his architectural mouldings became popular too.

5 Unusual Uses for Picture Rails to Kick-Start Your Creative Genius

DIYers all over Pinterest and elsewhere online have been coming up with fun ways to use picture rails for years. But when are commercial and high-end residential designers going to catch up?

Metal Picture Rails: The Emerging Way to Blend Historic, Modern Looks

Picture rails are the least familiar of all metal mouldings. But that only means more opportunity for you, right?

Shunning picture hooks and the like in favor of picture rails (also known as gallery rails) is another sneaky-smart way to class up the mundane.

Which Profiles & Materials Make the Best Picture Rails?

Picture rails aren’t necessarily a new thing. But only more recently have creative types started doing them the modern way -- with metal.

4 Surefire Decorative Metal Trim Buys That Are Timeless & Tough

Using decorative metal trim makes you stand out from your design contemporaries. Likewise, there are four options at Dahlstrom that stand out for their popularity among smart architects (smarchitects?) who dare to do metal.

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