How to Use Molding to Renovate a Character Home

In old days, trims were considered as finishing touches to a place. A house without some fancy plaster or wooden crown moldings was deemed to be a bad taste. Most of the old houses have been stripped of moldings as an act of modernization. Nevertheless, this beautiful architectural feature has made a comeback in various profiles and dimensions to create a place in modern interior design.

Renovating a home with Crown moldings does wonders in changing the look of the interior. Let’s see how you can use these to renovate a character home whether you do it yourself or by hiring a professional renovation contractor

  • The Profiles You May Use

Moldings are not just strips of carved wood pieces that fill up some rather odd bare spaces in your home. Their decorative profiles have a more complex purpose. The effects of light and shadow on the trims soften the transitions from a wall to the adjacent ceiling, floors, windows, and doors. Let’s find out what type of profiles could help your interiors to build an interesting personality. If you are looking for the best house renovations ideas, check out what Model-Home Makeover has to offer. 

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Choose them in complementing designs. 

The crown molding designs don’t need to be the same for the entire house but the moldings in a room at least should complement one another. If you find matching the exact profile for a coordinating set is too much exhausting, try to bring panels with consistent motifs or curves. 

The moldings, if applied to the right way, can add to the visual scale and proportion of a place. These often remind of a bygone era and express the fine taste of the homeowner's renovation.

  • Give traditional style a shot
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The classic profiles of moldings remind of the early days of American architecture when such a feature was not cheap. Although the expenses reduced after the Civil War, the traditional decorative trims still remind the wealth and opulence of that old time. 

In fact, the more complex designs of traditional moldings create a depth at the ceiling or the surface where these are installed. You can put together two or more panels to form an elaborate display. Although you can keep the silhouette simple, depending on your personal preference and the decoration of that particular room. 

  • Gustav makes a comeback.

The Gustav moldings became so popular once because of their ability to display the inherent beauty of the woods without making use of any ornate profile. These make the rooms look interesting and complete by themselves. The style went to back due to the minimalist trend but you should have no doubt about their power of creating an impact.  

The moldings are actually casing that is used to hide the cut edges of windows and doors and to fill up the blank space in between the adjacent wall. If you are thinking of choosing this profile for the front doors, find some embellished designs to enhance the aesthetic appeal. 

  • The Materials You Should Consider

The options are endless when it comes to design and types. You will be delighted to know that there a couple of options regarding the materials too. Let’s see what can bring sophistication to your home and add a higher resale value. 

  • Wood molding
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It’s the more traditional material used for carving moldings for centuries. It oozes a classic, elegant look so effortlessly, which is hard to achieve with any other components. The wooden trims create a solid appearance and hard woods such as mahogany and oak can add warmth to a room with their natural color stain and grain motifs. Another perk of wood is that you pair it up with any type of ceiling and it always projects a high-class look. 

  • Plaster molding

It’s the most expensive of all the materials. These moldings are made of a combination of a cement-type base-coat and a polished acrylic finish. You can paint them in any color you like. Moreover, these won’t show any crack, shrinkage, or swell even if there moisture in the environment. 

  • High-Density Foam molding

It’s lightweight, cheap, and easy to install. You can glue them directly on a surface, reducing the hassle and costs associated with the installation. However, the HDF moldings are not suitable for textured ceilings, and these don’t have the factor like the wood and plaster trims for your renovation project.