Hello readers, Jennifer here with you this week with some decorative moulding installation tips and tricks to help you spruce up any room. I remember visiting the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina as a child and my eyes were instinctively drawn to the opulent wide crown moulding in each of the rooms. Obviously the decorative moulding in my house isn’t on the same par as ‘America’s Largest Home,’ but I’ve got some fancy moulding in a few places that I’m pretty proud to show off. No matter that it looks lavish, moulding is actually the one easy-to-do, inexpensive design element that can make rooms seem taller or shorter, elegant, contemporary or traditional, and can even cover up wall and ceiling flaws. And, if you use decorative moulding by Inteplast Building Products, which you can find at Lowe’s, it’s easy to install yourself because it’s lightweight; you can use either construction adhesive or finishing nails; it comes in a variety of profiles and colors; and it’s prefinished so no painting or staining needed. Here are some common tips and tricks for decorative moulding installation.
First things first. You do not have to be a professional to install crown moulding. That’s the great thing about using Inteplast’s moulding—it’s light weight so one person could handle the job. Of course, if you aren’t installing in a typical square room, things might be a little more complicated. Here are some installation tips from View Along the Way:
If you are installing chair rail or wainscoting, the height of placement depends on the style you’re going for, not to mention the dimensions of your room. Typically you install it between 26 to 32 inches, but those lines get blurred depending on whether you want a more traditional look or more of a contemporary look. To get technical, a good rule to follow is to install the chair rail or wainscoting at 25% of the height of the room. For example, in a room with an 8-foot ceiling, install the chair rail 32 inches from the floor. But the fact is, where you install it comes down to personal style and taste.
Love the look of wide moulding but hate what it would do to your budget? Here’s a cost-effective trick to get the same beautiful look without the added materials. Above your baseboard, and the height is entirely what you want it to be, add an piece of trim—base cap or shoe—and then apply paint to the wall between the two pieces of moulding. Visit The House of Smiths blog to see how they did it.
So you don’t live in the Biltmore. There’s no reason you can’t add some opulence of your own making to your humble abode that might just make you feel like a Vanderbilt. I hope you find these moulding tips helpful. Thanks for reading, I’m Jennifer. Until next time, happy moulding!