In the past interior moulding installation was an overwhelming nightmare for any designer. The materials were difficult to manage, heavy and would still need to be cut, positioned primed and painted. This was a task that the average homeowner would never consider taking on.
Today, most of these challengers are gone as moulding materials have become more user friendly. In fact, moulding installation is often considered a good DIY project that does not take up too much time. However, before you start any installation you need to know how to prepare correctly.
Trim and mouldings are both functional and decorative adding a touch of style to a property. Interior moulding is not only aesthetically pleasing, but will also hide joints from the wall, ceiling, doors and windows. There are a number of materials that you can use for moulding and it is important to know which would be best for you.
Type Of Materials
Two of the most popular types of moulding material are hardwood and polyurethane foam. Hardwood is generally left with the natural finish or stained to a different colour. Hardwood can be expensive if you are looking at Fir or Pine, but there are paint grade woods which are usually cheaper.
Polyurethane foam is often used to imitate wood through painting or staining. Many people use this material because it is much cheaper than the wood alternative. Polyurethane foam is also much easier to handle if you are completing the moulding yourself.
Once the materials have been chosen it is time to determine the style. Many styles are available as a prefinished option which means that the moulding is ready to be installed without any further working. When choosing prefinished options the selection of styles might be limited at your local hardware store. If this is the case contacting manufacturers or stores further away for catalogues might be a good idea.
Once you have chosen the style you need to know where in your home the moulding will be placed. The placement of the trim determines what it is called. It is important that you know the name of the trim when you order.
Crown moulding or cornice is the moulding which runs where the wall meets the ceiling. This type of moulding can give a formal look to any room without appearing overbearing.
Chair rail moulding is usually made from wood and runs at the height of a normal chair back. This moulding is a great way to protect your wall from scuffs made by furniture. This type of moulding can also be used as a baseboard.
Wainscoting is panelling applied to the lower half of the wall. Wainscoting will generally be topped by chair rail moulding at a height of 36 to 54 inches. Wainscoting not only protects the wall from furniture scuffs, but also adds a decorative element to the room. It is easy to clean which makes it extremely useful in homes with pets and small children.
Baseboards in a house usually cover the lowest part of the wall and reach a height of 3 to 12 inches. Baseboards can hide the connection between wall and floor, and can protect the wall from scuffs from shoes. In the past baseboards were plain and simple, but more people are leaning toward intricate patterns to accentuate their room decor.
The trim found around windows and doors is known as casing with the inside known as jambs. There are many options when it comes to casing that you should consider. Casing can ensure that there is a seamless transition from window and door to wall.
It is not only the interior of your home where moulding can be used, but the exterior as well. Exterior trims can help enhance the curb appeal of your home and link to any decor ideas you have inside. Some of the exterior trim choices you should consider are columns, shutters, doorknockers and crown moulding.