Crown Molding Installation Near Me
A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a room. But adding trim around windows and doors, crown molding, and baseboards can elevate your home’s look to a whole other level. And if you’re going for classic elegance, decorative molding, such as picture rails, wainscoting, and panel molding, can bring sophistication and warmth to any room. Trim not only enhances the beauty of your interior but helps to increase your property’s value as well.
While trim looks deceptively easy to install, it’s much more complicated than it appears. Rooms are seldom uniform size and when it comes to making trim look great, it’s all about angles. Different types of trim require different cuts and the math has to be exact. Why not leave the job to the pros? Visit Great Guys Painting and get quotes in minutes from licensed painting contractors in your area who offer trim installation services.
Molding, Trim, and Baseboard Installation
Ornamental molding—such as trim, crown molding, and baseboards—has been used for centuries to add visual interest and appeal to a home’s interior. Today, it’s utilized in houses of all styles to create a sense of elegance and sophistication. There are many different kinds of trim to choose from in a variety of materials including wood, plastic, and plaster.
Following are types of trim you can add to enhance your home’s appearance.
Crown molding is trim that runs along the ceiling where it meets the wall. It provides visual separation between the wall and the ceiling and adds a graceful touch. Profiles range from very ornate to simple. If your home is classical in style—i.e. Colonial, Georgian or Victorian—with high ceilings, you may opt for one of the more elaborate, decorative crown molding designs. If it’s more modern, you might prefer a simpler, narrower style that won’t overwhelm the room, or bring the ceilings down. Make sure to match whatever style you choose to other molding to ensure aesthetic consistency.
Baseboard trim is installed at the bottom of a wall where it meets the floor. It is used to cover uneven edges, prevent wall damage, and provide a finished appearance to the room. If you have carpets, it’s mounted just above the subfloor and if you have hardwood floors, it sits right on top of the flooring. As with crown molding, there are many profiles to choose from, ranging from tall, ornate options, to shorter, simpler styles. You can opt for a simple, smooth look if you like a minimalist approach or layer different profiles for a highly decorative touch.
A chair rail is a three-dimensional molding that is attached around a room to protect walls from scuffs and furniture damage. While chair rails are often installed for decorative purposes, they are highly popular because they add a traditional warmth and charm to the décor. The trim that is utilized for chair rails is typically 2”-3” tall and is placed about 32”-36” from the floor, or a third of the way up from the floor. Homeowners usually opt to match the chair rail to the crown molding and baseboards in style, material, and color to create a charming, cohesive look.
If you’re looking for a unique way to display your art without making holes in your drywall, consider installing a picture rail. Created with 1½” to 2” thick strips of molding, picture rails run horizontally around the room about 12” from the ceiling or just below crown molding if you prefer a more seamless look. Originally used hundreds of years ago when plaster walls were too thick for hanging pictures, picture rails have a nice old-fashioned, yet modern feel. Once the molding is installed, brass or painted hardware fits around the trim’s profile and pictures hang, nail-free, from the hooks.
Picture Frame Molding
High-end decorators love to create focal points on a wall, and one fun way to do that is to install picture frame molding. Today, creating these panels is simple and easy to do with pre-formed wall frames, or, if you prefer a more custom shape, with strips of molding affixed to the wall. You can choose to create one accent wall or continue the design around the room. You can create large boxes, small boxes, or anything in between. When painted the same color as the wall, this special technique can make rooms appear taller and adds subtle elegance.
Panel molding refers to any kind of raised trim that’s added to a flat surface to embellish it and add depth. This type of molding comes in all kinds of styles and is commonly used around doors and windows, on walls, ceilings, and around fireplaces. The decorative molding breaks up flat surfaces by creating the look of recessed panels. Trim installers will carefully measure the panel space, miter-cut molding to the correct length and width and then attach with a nail gun. Most homeowners opt to paint the panels the same color as the wall to create a cohesive effect.
Door and Window Trim
Door and window trim, otherwise known as casing, is a type of trim that creates a frame around doors and windows. It is meant to cover any space that might be left between the frame and the drywall, providing insulation as well as decoration. Casing comes in a variety of different profiles some of which are simple and others more traditional and ornate. Mitered casings create a traditional framing effect while butted casings add a wider head to the top. Window and door casings should match, and ideally, match the rest of the trim in the house to create uniformity.
Wainscoting is paneling that lines the lower part of a wall all the way around a room. It was originally used to help insulate rooms and protect walls from scuff marks and furniture damage. Traditionally, it is installed to chair rail height and is made of wood, although these days it’s available in all kinds of heights and types of materials, including wood, fiberglass, or even ceramic tile. Wainscoting as a decorative wall accent can be utilized in any room and can be as simple or elaborate as you would like, depending on how formal an appearance you’re looking to create.
If you’ve decided to add wainscoting, there are several styles from which to choose. One of the more popular, and traditional, looks is beadboard. This look features narrow planks of wood that are lined up with a recessed ridge known as a bead in between the boards. This wainscoting will usually be applied about a third of the way up the wall (experts discourage going halfway up as the eye doesn’t like the “chopped in half” appearance) and capped with a trim molding. Then, the beadboard can be painted to match the wall or in a contrasting accent color.
Board and Batten
Another popular wainscoting style is board and batten. This profile features alternating wide boards with narrow wooden strips, or battens, laid over it either vertically or horizontally. The advantage of this approach is that it can add a custom appearance to any space while creating visual interest. The strips can create wide spaces in between or narrow, according to your taste, and the frames can serve as good places to hang art or hooks for clothes (i.e. in a mudroom). Traditionally seen in rustic settings, this decorative look is gaining in popularity, both as a siding and wall treatment.
Shiplap is another interior wall covering option that has been increasing in popularity thanks, in large part, to home design shows. This treatment tends to have more of a rustic feel and is usually used to create an accent wall or focal point, like over a fireplace or in an entryway. Shiplap boards have rabbets, or grooves, cut into their edges so that they overlap and fit tightly together. Shiplap planks can be affixed to your walls either vertically or horizontally, nailed through the drywall into wall studs. Edges can be mitered, beveled, or butt jointed, depending on the space.
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