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Things to Consider When Searching for the Right Moulding for Your Home

September 22, 2016

One of the best ways to add a touch of sophistication to any space is to install some crown or accent moulding in your home. But which is the right style for you? Here are some things to consider when searching for the best moulding for your home:

  • Ceiling Height:
    If your home has shorter ceilings (8 to 9 feet in height), choose a moulding that’s well proportioned (between 3 and 5 ¼ inches) so it doesn’t make the room look overpowered.
    If your home is between 9 and 10 feet, the recommended crown moulding should be between 5 ¼ inches and 7 inches.
    If your home has taller ceilings (over 10 feet in height), your options are a little more diverse. Consider this good rule of thumb: allow 1 inch of width per foot of ceiling height. You can also choose to use multiple pieces and types of trim together.

  • Home Furnishings and Artwork:
    If your home has a more traditional style, it should have simple moulding that has a smaller width. For contemporary interiors, flat or simple mouldings are very typical and complement more modern furnishings. If the room is adorned with ornate furnishings, a more intricately designed moulding style.

  • Color and Style of Other Moulding in the Room:
    Although there’s no set rule for having your crown moulding match your baseboards or other trim in the room, they should at least be similar in size, color and style. For example, if you’re looking to upgrade your crown moulding to one with a larger width, you’ll want to make sure your baseboards are very close in appearance, so as to provide balance to the overall look of the room.

  • Material Type:
    There are four main materials used for crown moulding: wood, plaster, polyurethane and medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
  • Wood is generally the most popular material used for crown moulding. It can be found in mahogany, oak and pine, and is available in several different types of profiles, including clear-coated, painted, veneered and stained. Wood is great for a classic, rustic and traditional look.
  • Polyurethane is a great choice for crown moulding, as it is resistant to sudden changes in humidity and temperature. Today, most moulding made with this material is coated with new polymer technology, which makes it quite resilient to scratches and stress.
  • Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) is another beautiful option that offers an even more affordable alternative to wood, as it is a composite of sawdust fibers and resin.
  • Plaster is typically a material that’s installed by a professional because it is custom-made. This material, paired with plaster walls, can create a really unique sculpted profile. If you are in need of a professional to hire for this project, contact FL Home Supply today and we’ll help find a professional contractor to make your project plans come to life!

Whatever your moulding of choice, consider these things before making a purchase. For even more tips about trim installation, download our complimentary checklist below!


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