A Guide to Rosettes and Plinth Blocks

Some regard mouldings as an addition to enhance the room. Others would argue that although mouldings make a room look neater, they blend into the room – sometimes seemingly unnoticed. Of course, they can do this, and if you are looking for the ‘concealed or hidden’ style in your room, this will work perfectly well.

But what about if you want to add a creative touch and a sprinkle of innovative design? Rosettes and plinth blocks have a variety of uses and can achieve amazing aesthetic results in a room, some of which we will discuss below.

What are Rosettes?

Rosettes are generally used for flat surfaces and act as a decorative addition to (typically) doors or windows. They can be made from many different materials (including MDF, wood etc) and come in a variety of styles to suit every taste. Rosettes are normally cited in the corners of what they are meant to be showcasing or finishing off.

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Above: An example of a typical wooden rosette. You can see how it enhances the look to provide a fancy finish and focal point to the feature.

We would describe this as a ‘typical’ design of rosette – there are those which have significantly more elaborate designs, while plain and basic rosettes are also on offer. The real beauty of rosettes is the work and attention to detail that goes into their production. Each piece is made bespoke and the nature, quality and purpose of each are carefully thought out.

What are Plinth Blocks?

Plinth blocks can be used in a wide range of areas and generally exist where the points of two moulding pieces meet. Similar to rosettes, many designs exist and these blocks are made out of a range of materials to suit the project or specification desired.

Plinth blocks are very useful and purposive design features since they act as ‘transition pieces’ around doorways. These blocks normally sit proud to allow the area to look neat and finished whilst hiding any unevenness that may exist around the casing. Plinth blocks can also be used around windows, fireplaces, along the main skirting at the bottom of the room or even as part of the ceiling for coving.


Above: An example of how a plinth block can be used around doorways and on walls – as described above. We love the finished look this creates.

Why Use Rosettes and Plinth Blocks?

The thing to remember with rosettes and plinth blocks is a picture really does paint a thousand words. No amount of description gives the look and feel that these decorative enhancements create. They add finishing touches to any room and complete renovations with an elegant style.

Have a browse of our product range at Skirting Boards Direct today. Here you will find our selection of rosettes and plinth blocks as well as skirting boards, door frames, window sills and much more. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality prices at the best prices on the web.