What is millwork?

Updated March 24, 2022

Millwork is all the visible custom woodwork, including doors, window sashes and trim, that adds architectural integrity to a residential or commercial project.

Millwork, which is made at a mill, includes:

  • paneled walls
  • cabinetry in the kitchen and other rooms
  • crown and other decorative moldings
  • doors and door casings
  • windows
  • staircases
  • shelving
  • columns
  • fireplace mantels

Millwork often is done by expert craftsmen who are extensively trained in old-world techniques.

Millwork adds detail to homes, both indoors and outdoors. Credit: Joshua Hibbert/Unsplash

Often interior designers will recommend painting millwork a different color than the rest of a room (this is particularly popular with trims around windows and doors) in order to add interest. Standout trims can be a good way to add a punch of color, to delineate separate spaces and to tie the room and furniture pieces together.

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And while millwork is usually associated with traditional design, more interior designers are using clean lines and simple moldings to make millwork feel more modern.

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