Mitchell Homes Fredericksburg
When you tour a historic home that has been lovingly maintained, one of the first things you notice is the sometimes-elaborate molding that frames the ceiling, runs as a chair rail around the dining room, or adorns the windows and doors. As people look into remodeling their home or embark on having a new home in Virginia built, interior trim is a consideration that should not be overlooked. Baseboards, casing, chair rails, and crown molding are increasing in popularity as people strive to create homes that will stand the test of time.
In addition to increasing the value of your home, crown molding enhances the appearance of a room, giving it an extra polished feel that many people skip because they have misconceptions about it. Older homes have higher ceilings; so many people believe that their ceilings are too low for crown molding. This generally is not the case. This type of interior trim can actually make low ceilings look higher, and the molding adds a sense of class and elegance to the room. There are many styles of crown molding, so one room doesn’t have to match the other. Crown molding comes in one-piece, two-piece, or three-piece options so there are numerous choices that each provides a different look.
Chair rails were created with a specific function in mind. In dining rooms with many chairs, chair rail was installed to keep people from bumping the wall with their chair as they rose from the dinner table. Today, people put chair molding in rooms other than the dining room because it adds a certain sense of drama to the room, as well as visual interest, as many people wallpaper or paint above or below it. Some people choose to add other textures under the chair rail, like bead board, or even mirror.
Baseboards and casing come in different sizes and styles. Typical sizes in homes with 8’ ceilings are 3 ¼” base and 2 ¼” window and door casing. If your home has 9’ ceilings, or if you are building a new home with 9’ ceilings, you should consider upgrading to 5 ¼” baseboards and 3 ¼” window and door casing to complete the look of your home. If you are renovating an older home that has 10’, 11’, or even 12’ ceilings, we recommend an even higher baseboard and wider casing. Another reason to upgrade to higher baseboard is to limit the scuffs on your wall if you have little ones running around in your house and bumping into walls with their shoes!