Moldings must be installed properly by a professional Home Builder. Crown molding in your home can enhance the aesthetic appearance of its interior and gives the appearance of additional quality. Custom trim adds value to any home but only if it’s done right. It’s seen as an upgraded feature that provides architectural interest and luxury by adding a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, custom trim work instantly says that this home is well-crafted and solid. There are many less expensive options and ways of doing things that can look great and save you money.
Crown Molding is a wow-factor feature that stays in buyers’ minds and can be stunning when installed properly. In coordination with nice baseboards, flooring and custom paint colors, custom trim work can really make a house come to life.
Proper installation can be complicated and is often best left to a professional contractor. There’s a lot of geometry involved and having the correct tools and experience is key to doing it right. Gambrick Construction specializes in custom trim work in New Jersey homes and likes to follow the “measure thrice, cut once” rule to limit waste.
Do you think crown molding, chair rail or custom trim isn’t right for your home?
There are a number of general myths that deter homeowners from capitalizing on the benefits of adding crown molding to their decor. Generally all new homes we build in NJ come with some level of custom trim work like crown moldings, chair rail, or wainscoting. Custom trim is a standard on luxury homes and can make a less expensive home look much richer than it actually is.
My ceilings are too low for crown moldings.
- Using moldings that project further than the wall can provide an optical illusion that makes ceilings appear taller than they actually are. Use crown moldings to give modest spaces a sense of elegance.
Flimsy custom trim adds value to my home just like more expensive ones.
- If part of the reason for installing crown molding is to enhance the value of your home, using cheap and poorly crafted crown moldings will achieve that goal. Like any interior design pieces that you would use to decorate your home, flimsy crown molding will not provide the same visual splendor as do high quality moldings. Bad craftsmanship looks much worse than a cheap molding ever will.
Crown moldings made of wood are always preferable to those made of polyurethane.
- There are a many reasons to choose to install polyurethane crown moldings rather than wood crown moldings. Wood crown moldings are subject to expanding, contracting, cracking, and warping in environments with variable temperatures. Custom trim adds value to a home but it needs to be of a good quality, or at least look like it is. You don’t want to have warping or cracking in damp places like a finished basement.
Wood crown moldings are more durable than polyurethane crown moldings.
- Recent developments in the materials used to construct polyurethane crown moldings make this statement obsolete. This new synthetic, high-density material is extremely durable and stress resistant, which means it won’t crack or scratch; lastly, polyurethane crown molding is not attractive to bugs or termites.
Crown molding is unsuitable for rooms frequented by children.
- Crown moldings are extremely durable and perfect for application in rooms where children are at play. Custom trim adds value to a home, even if it’s in a child’s bedroom.
Crown Molding should always be white.
- Crown moldings do not always have to be white. This is a frequent design mistake. Crown moldings should be the same color as the moldings that are already in your house. Paint or stain moldings to match any existing color schemes. Making them perfectly suited for any room decor.
All the crown moldings in your home should be the same style.
- All of the crown moldings in your home do not need to be the same style. Different styles of crown molding may more appropriately suit some rooms but not others. There are many crown molding styles to choose from. You can also vary crown molding sizes. The molding in your formal dining room or great room should be larger than what’s in a small bathroom. The crown molding size should fit the room size and ceiling height. The moldings throughout the house should flow. Even if the moldings are not exactly the same they should work together. You don’t want white modern in the hall and dark stained country in the next room, they won’t match.