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Architectural trim is a defining feature in any home, whether the interior is formal or casual. And historically, it was the door casing that set the tone—from the graceful arched profiles in a Georgian to the stocky symmetrical surrounds in a Craftsman.

Today, a variety of period profiles can suit a new home—as long as the scale and proportions are right—and restore original detail that's been lost from an old one. Best of all, almost any style casing can be built from standard stock molding. "Even elaborate profiles are often just a lot of simple, inexpensive shapes pieced together," says This Old House master carpenter Norm Abram.

Here, a pair of elegant arched casings help unify extensive trimwork and frame the perspective toward the front door in a new home designed by Greenwich, Connecticut, architect Jay Haverson.

by Keith Pandolfi
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