Using Crown Molding to Beautify and Revitalize a Room
Adding crown molding, along with a new color palate and fresh paint will create luxury and renew a dull, boring space. Natural wood crown molding, baseboards and panels come in thousands of sizes and profiles and can be installed by a handy homeowner or for more elaborate jobs, by a skilled professional trim carpenter. The end result can be a transformation that will change the entire look and feel of a room or living space.
Selecting a style
From Contemporary to Renaissance and Everywhere Between. Whether the building project is a new home or a room remodel, crown molding creates that “wow” factor. Natural wood crown molding is available in literally thousands of styles, or “profiles”, and can be stained to show off the wood grain or painted any color.
Many interior designers will spec crown molding for their clients because it is an easy way to create a rich, custom look. Contemporary rooms and spaces are best served with simple, medium sized mouldings with clean lines, and may be painted white, black or gray.
More elaborate designs may feature fancy styles that include multiple layers of millwork, or even two large styles used together- one that is affixed at the top corner of the wall and another against it at an angle on the ceiling. Large crown molding designs look luxurious stained with wood grain showing, or painted to suit the room design.
Small bedrooms and bathrooms are often enhanced with small to medium sized crown, such as a 3.5″ to 4″ profile. Larger rooms with high ceilings and open spaces become luxurious living areas with bold profiles such as the 7 1/4″ Stretch King George profile. The options when it comes to custom mouldings are limitless.
Purchasing Crown Moulding
Natural wood crown moulding, base boards, casing, paneling and wainscot can be purchased through a builder or designer, or direct from a local manufacturer or distributor. Basic profiles can be purchased at most home improvement stores, while more elaborate styles and custom profiles need to be purchased from a reputable millwork manufacturer. Manufacturers will stock a large selection of styles (both basic and more detailed), and can produce virtually any custom profile. All styles can be manufactured in beautiful wood species such as Alder, Poplar, Cherry and Walnut.
Installing Crown Moulding
Basic crown moulding and base boards can be installed by a homeowner who has access to a chop saw or compound miter saw, and has experience with millwork.
More elaborate jobs that include intricate profiles, build-up molding with multiple layers, panels and casings should be installed by a skilled trim carpenter or a local renovation contractor that has awesome woodworking professionals working for them. If you unsure if the contractor has experience with this type of molding, you can always check out YEL.com for information on any local contractor. For example; https://www.yelp.com/biz/oran-remodeling-sherman-oaks
Painting or staining should always be done prior to application and while applying paint to wood can be easy, staining can be a bit more challenging and should always be done at once (vs. batch by batch) to maintain consistency.
For installation, smaller molding profiles are affixed with small trim nails then patched and/or caulked and retouched with paint or stain. Large, more complex profiles will require trim screws for application.
Working Around Curves and Corners
The Flexible Molding Solution. Most custom homes and even some production homes may have areas with curved walls and rounded corners, making it difficult to install wood crown molding and base boards. This is where an innovative product called flexible molding comes in quite handy.
Flexible molding is made of a bendable urethane material and can be custom cut to match virtually any natural wood molding style. Flexible molding is painted or stained prior to application just like natural wood, and easily installed with carpentry nails.
Most millwork manufacturers don’t also manufacture flex moulding (but many will serve as distributors, buying this product from another source and providing it to their cabinet and carpentry installers).