Homeowners can add elegance and create a focal point by adding interior trim moldings. The trim can be wood or synthetic, which can be made of polyvinyl chloride or PVC and urethane. In the past, the crown molding was traditionally made of quality woods or plaster. The project was time consuming and expensive. However, with today’s selection of materials homeowners can find quality trim that is easy to work with and cost effective.
Molding can be used to accent any feature in a room. For example, doorways do not have to have the traditional 45 degree angled trim. Owners can add arched trim over the door way and install a fan light, or square off the corners with decorative pressed pieces that resemble hand carvings.
For ones wanting to accent their ceiling there are numerous possibilities. The ceiling trim work can be used to create coffered ceilings along with a series of cross beams. Traditionally, coffers are square or rectangle however, owners can get creative with inter trim moldings. Adding coffers with geometric designs also improves the acoustics in rooms with high ceilings.
Windows that lack casings simply do not add to the room. Make the windows standout by adding decorative molding. The molding does not have to be wood. The synthetic varieties come in a variety of patterns and designs. The patterns are pressed into the material making them look like expensive millwork.
Homeowners in the past may have been intimidated by crown molding. The compound angled cuts at one time required years of experience to make them perfect. With today’s tools and material, the cuts are less complicated and many pieces for corners can come pre cut. Simply install the corner pieces and then install straights cuts between corners. Owners wanting to attempt the cuts on their own can use compound miter boxes that make perfect cuts. The cuts can be made on a table saw, as well, if a jig designed for compounded miter cuts is used.
Using interior trim moldings for wainscoting and chair rails, this not only defines and enhances a room it also protects the walls. Placed in dining rooms or living rooms it keeps chairs and other furniture from damaging the wallboard. Owners can get creative with the type of trim used. It can be wainscoting that covers the bottom half of the wall, or simply be a chair rail along the walls.
For wainscoting place the trim pieces vertically and add raised or beadwork panels in between. Top off the wainscoting with more decorative trim. For chair railings, individuals can use crown molding and add corner pieces where the walls meet.
Instead of traditional wainscot, owners can install a series of shadow boxes along hallways or in any room. Simply take some decorative trim, use the same type for each box and make them square or rectangle. The cuts are all at a 45-degree angle. Make as many as needed all the same size. By using some imagination, the insides can be painted or decorative paneling can be added.
When guests walk into the home and see the ceiling trim work and other molding idea, they will be asking for help with their home. Most trim work can be a weekend project. The tools for ones attempting to do it themselves are a small coping saw, air nail gun, table saw that can do compound miter cuts, jigsaw and measuring tape. Individuals will also need a carpenter’s pencil, patience and a work area that can accommodate long pieces of molding. Typically, the molding would be painted before installing it. However, once installed some touch ups may be required, so have extra paint on hand.