What is architrave, where is it used and why do you need it?

entrance hall with white door with white architrave and exposed brick wall
(Image credit: JB Kind)

Just what is architrave? We might all be familiar with the term and probably walk past it in our homes every day, but it is amazing how many of us would struggle to identify it if asked. Do you know what it is used for and why we need it? If not, then don't worry — our handy guide is here to change that.

Architrave falls into the category of 'mouldings' — decorative sections or strips that are used to conceal the junctions between surfaces, such as walls and ceilings or floors, in a more visually pleasing way. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.