Any home can be enriched and enhanced with the installation of decorative moulding. You’ll be amazed how a home can become more luxurious with the simple addition of wider casings, deeper baseboards, thicker crown moulding, and the addition of a chair rail.
Moulding can be used in different configurations and sizes to define spaces such as ceiling-to-wall joints, door and window casings, chair rail and panel moulds, mantel build-ups, wall corners and so much more. Before we get too far, please be sure you’re fully aware of the different types of mouldings by reading about Moulding 101: Types of Moulding.
How do you add character to your home? Below are a few trends with decorative mouldings as well as tips on choosing and buying the right moulding pieces to fit your home.
Step One: Consider your style.
Whether you are installing moulding into a new home, replacing moulding or adding to existing moulding, it’s important to consider the style and look you wish to achieve. Choose moulding styles that coordinate with the style of your home. Traditional homes often showcase deep baseboards and wide casings while modern homes have simple mouldings with clean, crisp lines. Along with the style of your home, you should also consider the existing moulding’s specie and finish and coordinate appropriately.
Step Two: Determine the size of moulding.
The size of a room matters when it comes to moulding. A good rule of thumb: the taller the space, the wider the moulding. The chart below offers moulding width recommendations base on ceiling heights:
Step Three: The buying process.
Always buy more moulding than you think you’ll need – 15% more is usually a good rule of thumb. It’s a good idea to let the moulding “rest” in the room it will be installed due to temperature and humidity changes. For these environmental considerations, it’s also suggested to buy flexible caulking.
Stay tuned for detailed information on how to install moulding. You can learn more about Woodgrain mouldings and where to buy our products at woodgraindistribution.com.