Worthington Millwork decorative capitals are available in a wide variety of styles. We surely have a style to fit your project: Tuscan, Roman Corinthian, Roman Doric, Roman Ionic, Empire, Empire with Necking, Greek Angular Ionic, Greek Angular Ionic with Necking, Greek Erectheum, Greek Erectheum with Necking, Temple of Winds, Scamozzi, Modern Composite. For more details about each of the decorative capitals please click on any of the icons below.
Find The Best Column Capital For Your Home
If you want to add a touch of elegance and grandeur to your property, installing a column is a great choice. Columns have been a popular design element for well over a thousand years. Almost every culture around the world has used intricately carved and decorated columns to support their buildings and improve their beauty. They’re a great addition to modern homes and business properties as well. Worthington has installed columns and column tops on several properties and has seen how satisfied customers are with the results.
What is a Capital?
Most people have seen a column capital but don't know what it is called. Capital is the top portion of a column. They are wider than the column and often have intricate designs or carvings to add some embellishments. The components of a column capital can differ from one architectural style to another, but in most cases, you have:
- The astragal, which is the bottom molding that wraps around the top of the column, connecting the two elements together.
- The necking is usually a part of the Doric style column and capitals. It is a plain section that’s just above the astragal molding.
- The bell is found in Corinthian columns and is usually located between the necking and the abacus that sits above. It has a bell-like shape and often has decorative markings over it.
- Echinus is also a decorative molding that is usually located between the necking and the abacus sitting above it. This section adds another layer of intricacy and interest.
- Abacus sits at the top of the four sections mentioned above and it is usually a square or round block. It is solid, strong, and fully capable of holding the arch above it. The abacus’ design provides a larger surface area for the overlying structures to sit on, giving the columns more stability.
Different styles look different but you can easily find something that fits your taste. Whether you like Corinthian capital architecture or like the simplicity of the Tuscan design. If you’re not certain about the style, discuss the options with our experts. You can also look at the different pictures of these columns and capitals online to determine which one suits your requirements.
Different Types of Column Capital Styles
You can find a wide range of column capital styles in the market today. There’s something for every type of property. For example if you want something classy, elegant, and minimal, you can go for Tuscan capitals. If you want something elaborate and intricate, consider Corinthian columns, which are the most decorated tops available today. Some of the most popular column capitals for homes and businesses include
- Decorative Roman Doric
- Empire Capitals
- Empire with Necking
- Angular Greek Ionic
- Angular Greek Ionic with Necking
- Greek Erectheum
- Greek Erectheum with Necking
- Modern Composite
- Roman Corinthian
- Roman Ionic
- Temple of Winds
You can browse through pictures of different tops or consult with a professional if you want to learn more about these installations. We recommend considering the property’s architecture carefully when you make the choice. If your home has a modern and minimalist design, you may want to invest in a more minimalist column top. If your property needs a bit of a flair and looks too plain, maybe you may want to add flourish by choosing a more elaborate column top.
How to Choose a Capital?
Choosing the right Corinthian column capital can be difficult because there are so many options available. Most clients struggle to determine which ones are the right fit for their property. Here are some tips to consider:
- Décor of Your Property
Consider the décor of your property carefully before choosing a column capital. These capitals can easily look out of place or overwhelm other decorative elements on your property if you choose something too fancy. Plain columns with simple capitals are ideal for properties like pretty cottages or ultra-modern homes.
- Installation Location
Consider the location of the installation before choosing columns. Large and intricate columns are ideal for large spaces as they won’t overwhelm them. For example, if you have a big dining room or a large porch, intricate Corinthian Greek columns may be the ideal fit. They’ll add to the grandeur of the space and will ensure it doesn’t look too empty.
- Style You Prefer
Consider what kind of style you generally like. Do you prefer intricate details that make you look twice? Then the Corinthian column will be the ideal choice for you because it looks so intricate. Do you prefer something restrained but still interesting? Greek or Roman Ionic would be a great choice. Modern composite has several intricate touches that make them ideal for grand halls and ballrooms. Choose a style that you will like looking at repeatedly.
- Size and Dimensions
The column tops are available in a wide range of sizes and dimensions. Choose a size that fits your property well. It is a good idea to choose smaller columns and tops for interior rooms because they won’t take up valuable floor space. You can choose larger columns and tops for outdoor locations like porches, patios, and even large sunrooms. If you're uncertain about the size, consult with our experts and explain your requirements to them. They'll offer recommendations based on your requirements.
It is a good idea to consider maintenance before you choose a capital. Intricate capitals with many decorative elements are usually more difficult to clean. You’ll need to invest a little more time into removing a layer of dust from the carvings on a modern composite capital. However, that doesn’t mean they’ll require too much effort. If you’re concerned about maintenance and want a column top that will be quick to clean, consider getting a Tuscan design.
If you want to learn more or wish to get Roman columns for sale, contact us at Worthington today. We have a wide selection of products and several size options so you can easily find something that fits your requirements perfectly.